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‘A12N’ is not a factory designation, but one that is used to distinguish between the early and later versions of the A12 back.
In 1984 a number of changes were made to improve then:
– the film insert has a single steel arm to retain both spools
– the release button has a ’12’ on it
– ‘made in Sweden by Victor Hasselblad’ was added to the side plate
– film speed reminder is now a slot, rather than a fold down door which was often damaged
In 1997 a further change was made that is very noticeable and somewhat overdue – a built in darkslide holder was added!
This back has a matching insert. Backs and inserts were finely adjusted as a pair at the factory, to ensure a perfect image. The inserts were marked with the serial number so that they could be identified.
Cosmetic: Light wear.
Optical: Light seal is light tight.
Mechanical: Fully working. Strong and no damage.
Cosmetic Condition: 4
(Signs of light use, but not misuse. No other cosmetic damage.)
Functional Condition: E
(Everything functioning. Major functions have recently been professionally tested.)