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common components of the Hasselblad V-System series
are supported, including the 500 and 501 Series,
503cx/cxi, the ELX and 903SWC. The 203 and 2000
Series are partly supported. There are early and
late versions of the 500 Series, so a photo of your
equipment is helpful!
Both the old and new style waist level finders are supported, as well as the NC-2, PM5, PME-51, PME-45 prisms. The C12, A12 and A24 backs are supported. Very late style film backs use a different cut of leatherette on some parts, for the "6X6" badge at the top, and a slightly different side cut with no film plane index mark.
|"VH Black" is a finely
pebbled black covering that replaces the factory covering
on your camera. The photo above on the left shows the
original covering, and VH Black is shown on the
right. The detail is a little crisper on the new
material. It's also thinner, but not nearly as subject to
shrinkage as the factory leatherette.
|The original C12 back uses a main
piece a little different from the piece for the A12 back.
The C12/A12/A24 back
alone uses nearly twice the leather required by a typical
The late version of the back may have the little "6X6" badge on the top, and it will not have the "scallop" cut to accommodate the black plate with the film plane indicator. Be sure and tell us if you have this version.
Material shown: Deep Jade composite leather
The Kiev 88 prism finders are also supported.
your original Hasselblad covering
Nothing comes off easier than the original Hasselblad vinyl covering. The real work is removing every bit of the adhesive underneath it. After all this residue is off, give all the leatherette zones a firm, final wipe-down with a small, clean cloth dampened with some alcohol. The chrome surface should be very clean and shiny before you place the leatherette!
On many chrome body Hasselblads, you will notice that a small, thin margin of black paint has been applied at the factory, on the camera at the outer edges of each leatherette zone. This was to allow for some shrinkage of the leatherette. During the clean-up of the camera, it is normal for this paint to get wiped away in places, or altogether. Where the paint is gone, or very thin, it’s a good idea to re-create this black margin with a permanent marker, such as a “Sharpie” Magnum, just before applying the new leatherette. Otherwise, at those edges where the paint has been partly worn away, you may notice that the remaining paint creates an uneven appearance next to the chrome. This is a cosmetic issue only and does not affect the adhesion or performance of your new leatherette.
If you are recovering the FILM BACK with the “VH Black” material, you should consider leaving the original thin outer arc of leatherette alone, if it’s in good condition and properly adhered. It takes a lot of time to clean off every bit of residue along the narrow channel where this piece sits, and it’s also tricky to get the new piece placed just right. You can keep the new piece in reserve if you ever need it.
Material shown: Teal Crinkle Specialty Leatherette
procedures for the ELX
The ELX cameras require some basic dis-assembly of the outer shell, something we always prefer to leave to professional camera technicians. But if you use care, you aren't going to do your camera any harm.
But before you take anything apart, the bottom can be placed normally, as long as you begin as you see here, around the feet on the bottom, and then work your way out to the front and back.
Material shown: "faux" Red Lizard Leatherette
you can see what's OK to take apart, and what is not
OK. You will have to remove the plate on the side
that covers the gear coupling between the 2 main
components. (Take precautions
not to let anything drop into the camera
You do NOT want to try and separate the 2 main components.
This means that on the bottom unit, you need some way to get the new cover pressed down where it makes the turn into a crevice that you can't reach with your fingers. The Plastic-Straw-Folded-Over trick is a perfect way to apply pressure into the crevice, with no chance of any cosmetic damage.
Material shown: VH Black leatherette
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