Here’s How Bokeh-licious the Hasselblad XCD 80mm f1.9 Images Get

If you’ve been wondering how the Hasselblad XCD 80mm f1.9 performs in actual shoots, this quick video is worth a watch.

In case you missed it, Hasselblad introduced last month three new additions to the XCD lens family, one of them the XCD 80mm f1.9, pegged as the company’s fastest lens ever. That, of course, also means that the mind-blowing wide aperture brings the bokeh-licious aesthetic to the X1D-50c, along with increased light-gathering ability. If you’re toying with the idea of grabbing this lens for your mirrorless medium format camera, you’re surely curious about how it performs during an actual shoot. We got just the right video for you to check out.

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Lensbaby Presents Edge 80 Lens Module For Control Freak(s)

The new Lensbaby Edge 80 selective focus lens

On Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, Lensbaby Inc., creator of extraordinary optical products, has announced a new member of their “Optic Swap System” product family, the Edge 80. With a focal length of 80mm and an intial aperture of f2.8, the lens is ideally suited for portait and product photography where selective focus effects are desired. Read more after the jump.

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Field Review: Shooting at a Wedding With a Mamiya 7 II and Slow Film

I love film. The Yashica Electro GSN captured my heart a while back and so did the Leica M7. Thankfully, I was recently loaned a Mamiya 7 II medium format film rangefinder with an 80mm f4 lens. Coincidentally, Kodak also was kind enough to hand me rolls of Tri-X 400 and Ektar 100 recently. Even better: a friend of mine recently got hitched. So how does the Mamiya 7 II perform while shooting handheld in extremely dim situations and with slow film?
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Using the Hasselblad H4D In an Outside Studio

A couple of weeks back, I helped my friend a co-worker Jason Geller with a test and shooting with the Hasselblad H4D-40. When using it, I mostly stuck with the 80mm F/2.8 lens that the camera can be bundled with. Now, 40MP and Medium format is usually above what I’d shoot with (I’m at most a full frame guy and own a Canon 5D Mk II) but I decided to give it a try. I came back floored by the results—especially when I let my creative side (both the dark and the fun) come out to play.

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