This Could Be the Most Disappointing Lens Speed Booster

Recently, we looked closer at the Hasselblad’s XH 0.8 Converter.

Lens speed boosters give you more focal length range and extra light. They’ve been known to photographers for a while now. They’re also great tools for those who want more from their lenses. But unfortunately, they’re not all created equal. The Hasselblad XH 0.8 Converter is designed to give you a 645 format feel and look. And we discussed that in our recent episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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The Next GFX And X1D Cameras May Feature 100MP Sony Sensors

The GFX and XD systems could be getting a huge resolution upgrade in their next generation cameras

Fujifilm and Hasselblad made some big waves in the photography community when they announced their [amazon_textlink asin=’B01MZARM64′ text=’GFX’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’faf96017-c96b-11e7-8533-29c15446708c’] and [amazon_textlink asin=’B074HMSK15′ text=’X1D’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’044dd4fc-c96c-11e7-84ca-3d96ec6272c8′] mirrorless medium format systems. But at 50MP there was not a huge boost in resolution over some of the higher resolution 35mm cameras. Many posed the question of what the point was in moving to one of these systems when the boost in image quality was negligible to most eyes.

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Hasselblad’s New X1D Field Kit Is Everything A Mirrorless Medium Format Shooter Needs

Innovative Cameras - Hasselblad X1D-50c

Right now it is a two horse race in the medium format mirrorless game between [amazon_textlink asin=’B01MZARM64′ text=’Fujifilm’s GFX’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’56e8d826-9262-11e7-8557-9d8512e67c8c’] system and the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01LZ02AFE’ text=’Hasselblad X1D’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5d467c1b-9262-11e7-b00d-db892941c355′] system. There are reasons for a photographer to choose either side and at this point–neither one has separated itself from the competition much. That said, if you have been considering these systems and are leaning towards the X1D, the today’s announcement from Hasselblad could be some great news for you.

Hasselblad has announced a brand new field kit for their X1D system which if purchased would allow a photographer to not only be set up with everything they need in the X1D system in terms of the camera and some lenses, but also as far as a rugged pelican case (with custom foam insert to fit and protect each piece of gear perfectly), shoulder and wrist straps, and extra batteries. This really is a one stop shop for the X1D system.

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Full Frame Medium Format? Yes, It’s Coming – But Not From Who You Think

Full Frame Medium Format, a full size 645 digital sensor, is the idea that many hoped either the Fujifilm GFX or [amazon_textlink asin=’B01LZ02AFE’ text=’Hasselblad X1D’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’affe23a1-8690-11e7-a06d-79d4d000e14b’] would sport, but neither of those companies took that leap with their Medium Format Mirrorless systems. However, a full frame medium format system is apparently on the way, and no, it’s not from Fuji or Hasselblad, not Pentax, PhaseOne – no… It’s coming from Zenit.

Yes, the Russian camera/lens maker Zenit has announced that it will be bringing a new full frame mirrorless digital camera to market in 2018. This news is coming from the Russian information agency RNS. This is a very interesting turn of events and announcement, especially considering that just last year we were letting you all know about Zenit being brought back to life.

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Review: The Hasselblad X1D for Street Photography

All images and text by Jonathan Higbee.

I like to work a scene when I’m out shooting the streets. I find a vibe or background or light or whatever that exudes life, and I drain every last drop of potential the hell out of it. In attempting to capture a split-second candid moment, it’s absolutely critical I use a camera that’s quick, easy and inconspicuous. In the interest of remaining a stealth street photography ninja, it never seemed possible that I’d be able to make candid photos with any bulky, slower-paced and very obvious digital medium format camera. In June 2016, Hasselblad announced the first mirrorless digital medium format camera, the X1D-50c. Suddenly, it appeared the barriers to obtaining that “medium format look” in street photography had been demolished.

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The Hasselblad V1D Features a 75MP Square Format Digital Sensor

Hasselblad caught the industry’s attention recently with the release of the world’s first medium format mirrorless digital camera, and today they’re announcing an interesting concept: the Hasselblad V1D. According to a quote from Hasselblad in an email to the Phoblographer, this camera sports the same 100MP sensor used in the H6D-100c cameras. But since the V1D camera uses XCD lenses that has shorter flange distance, the sensor output is being automatically cropped to 75MP format square format.

The camera is essentially what Hasselblad is calling a black box carefully machined out of a solid block of aluminum. It has ports/fixings for modules all over for various types of uses. It is indeed a modular camera!

But in addition to that, the X1D is getting new lenses! Tech specs and all the important bits from the press release are after the jump.

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