The XA-231 makes it possible to use Hasselblad CF Lenses in combination with the X2-PRO sytem.
Hasselblad lenses can be set manually to the desired aperture setting. The XA-231 can only be used in combination with both Canon bayonet based SLR bodies and with Nikon bayonet based SLR bodies.
The use of a Hasselblad lens relates to your sensor size as the same focal length in 35mm format, so f.i. a 50mm Hasselblad lens will have the same perspective on a 1Ds as a 50mm Canon lens;
for the smaller sensors the maginification factor will apply of course.