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Hasselblad 40mm f4 Distagon T* FLE CF - Lens

Hasselblad 40mm f4 Distagon T* FLE CF - Lens

Manual focus wide-angle lens made for the Hasselblad V system medium format cameras by Carl Zeiss introduced in 1982. An improved version of the older C-style 40mm Distagon with a Prontor CF shutter and new lens barrel design that allowed for a smaller and lighter design. Uses a floating lens design (FLE) that improves image quality at close distances. This is achieved by rotating a second focus ring on the lens to adjust the air space between the front group (elements 1 and 2) and the rest of the system. The ring has three settings: ∞ - 2m, 2m - 0.9m, and 0.9m - 0.5 m. Was supplied with an adapter (40693) for mounting accessories. Uses a retaining ring to attach the 93mm drop-in filters (the ring screws into the accessory adapter). Metal body available in black.

  • Hasselblad 40mm f4 Distagon T* FLE CF (11 elements, 10 groups)
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.5m
  • Aperture blades: 5
  • Size: 98 x 90mm
  • Weight: 922g (without accessory adapter)
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Hasselblad V

The Hasselblad V system consists of a variety of 6x6 medium format cameras that began production in 1948. These bodies were produced, with many iterations, until 2013. All Hasselblad V cameras use medium format (generally 120) roll film and produce 6x6cm square images.

The first cameras of the V system, the 1600F and 1000F, used in-body focal plane shutters. While they were successful, issues with reliability and fragility, as well as user desire to sync flash more easily, prompted Hasselblad to switch to lens-based leaf shutters.

The first Hasselblad with a leaf shutter was the 500C in 1957. These lenses, fitted with Synchro Compur shutters, proved incredibly robust, reliable, and popular. NASA even brought these cameras to the moon, as Hasselblad loves to remind us! The famous ”Earthrise” photo, with the Earth rising over the horizon of the moon, was taken with a modified Hasselblad 500EL and 250mm lens.

For the next 60 years Hasselblad cameras would stand as the definitive modular SLR experience. Despite innovations from companies like Mamiya, Zenza Bronica, and Rolleiflex, the Hasselblad V system was the bar to reach in terms of build/image quality.

Hasselblad V cameras have access to a wide array of Carl Zeiss lenses as well as a series of interchangeable backs, allowing the cameras to shoot 6x6, 6x4.5, and 35mm panoramic. There are even digital backs that can turn your 60 year old Hasselblad into a modern digital camera!

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Hasselblad 40mm f4 Distagon T* FLE CF - Lens Availability & Price History
Date Sold SKU Quality Control Price Image
01 May 2024 T29240 € 1.213,41 Hasselblad 40mm f4 Distagon T* FLE CF - Lens Image
11 Apr 2024 T56323 € 1.529,49 Hasselblad 40mm f4 Distagon T* FLE CF - Lens Image