How do you tell the age of one of these V series
cameras? Hasselblad use the following coded two letter prefix to
the serial number of the bodies and film backs to identify the year of
Therefore, a body or back with the serial number
starting with the letters RS would have been manufactured in 1980
with R being the 8th (8) letter in the series and S being the 10th (0).
Later V system Hasselblad bodies, backs and some
accessories carry a two digit prefix to denote the product type.
An example of one of these serial numbers is:
Therefore, this serial number relates to a
Hasselblad 205TCC made in 1991 where ‘15’ is the product code for a
205TCC body and ‘EV’ is the date code for 1991.
Further product type
V System Bodies
500CM / 501CM
V System Backs
Lens Date Coding
It is also possible to tell the age of C and C T*
lenses from the three or four digit code marked in red on the lens. It can
be found by focusing the lens to its closest focusing setting and, from
the rear, looking inside the barrel.
last two numbers indicate the month and the remaining one or two
numbers indicate the year when 1957 has been added to it.
Therefore a lens with the code 2104 would have been
manufactured in April 1978.
Newer CF lenses use a different code system which is
found in the same location as the C lenses.
It consists of a one letter and two number code. The letter
represents the month with "A" being January "B" February etc. And
the following two numbers are the last two digits of the year in
Therefore a lens with the code H98 would have been
manufactured in August 1989.