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Whats the diff between the 503cw and the 503cxi?

I have recently decided to go Hasselbald. I will need to shoot digital and I have been told the 503cw is the body for me. What is the difference between between the 503cw and the 503cxi? The cxi seems to be more ava. and at at better price.

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The only real difference between the two is that the 503cxi have a too short, vignetting, mirror. The 503cw have a long, non-vignetting mirror. The vignetting is only noticeable in the viewfinder, and when using lenses 150mm or longer. 
Both bodies will accept winder CW, and both have TTL flash metering.

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