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New Novoflex adapters let you use full-frame lenses with the Hasselblad X1D

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:43:00 Z


Owners of the mirrorless medium format Hasselblad X1D will soon be able to mount a series of full-frame lenses to their medium format body, in some cases with minimal vignetting, thanks to a new range of adapters launched by Novoflex. The company has produced a set of adapters that allow you to mount Nikon F, Canon FD, Leica R, and Leica M lenses, as well as one for Hasselblad’s own V range of legacy optics, to the newer, sleeker X1D.

Novoflex says that many older lenses have such wide covering circles that vignetting will be marginal on the 43.8x32.9mm sensor of the X1D, and of course, tilt and shift lenses will cover comfortably.

The Nikon model features a mechanical iris lever so modern G lenses can be used, while adapters for Contax/Yashica and Minolta MD/MC will be introduced next month. The adapters cost between €139 and €229 (approx. $160-285 USD), and can be viewed and bought from the Novoflex website.

For more info, check out the full press release below.

Press Release

NOVOFLEX announces lens adapters for Hasselblad X1D

NOVOFLEX announces lens adapters for Hasselblad X1D - Greater lens variety formedium format cameras

The mirrorless medium format camera Hasselblad X1D is one of the most advanced cameras in the HighEnd sector. The sensor size of 43.8 mm x 32.9 mm with a resolution of 50 megapixel is the best choice for both – professional photographers and prosumers. The only disadvantage is that Hasselblad offers only a small number of lenses.

Since the firmware update 1.17.2, however, the camera incorporates an electronic shutter, allowing the use of lenses from other manufactures. That is why NOVOFLEX is now announcing a series of lens adapters allowing 35mm and medium format lenses to be used on the Hasselblad X1D camera. The first adapters are available now for Leica R-, Leica M-, Nikon F- as well as Hasselblad V-type lenses. The adapter for Nikon lenses comes with a built-in mechanical aperture control to also allow the use with G-type Nikkor lenses. Fading in and out can be done infinitely. The introduction of adapters for Canon FD, Contax/Yashica, Minolta MD/MC and for the universal bellows of the NOVOFLEX BALPRO series is planned for early April, 2018.

Especially interesting are the lens adapters for 35mm-format mount for tilt-/shift lenses, as their image circle is always big enough, to fully illuminate the larger sensor format of the X1D. However, many 35mm-format lenses have an image circle which is bigger than the actual 35mm-format itself, this results into only marginal vignettings. In additon, many old or classic 35mm-format lenses are based on lens calculations of large or medium format lenses. Potential vignetting could be used creatively or cases later corrected through software.

None of the adapters will transfer information between camera and lens

NOVOFLEX adapters are available for almost any camera/lens combination. For more details please refer to the adapter finder on the NOVOFLEX home page

The Hasselblad H6D-400c multi-shot captures insane 400MP images

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:00:00 Z

Swedish medium format manufacturer Hasselblad has introduced its next-generation multi-shot body, building a 100MP monster of a camera that uses sensor-shift technology to output 400MP images. Following in the footsteps of the company's H6D-100c, the H6D-400c MS uses sensor-shift to combine up to six exposures into a single monster image measuring 23,200 x 17,400 pixels. If you work to the principle that 300ppi is ‘"photo-quality", that means you can create a print of around 2.0 x 1.5 m (more than 77 x 58 "). The final image from the 6-shot process is a 16-bit TIFF that weighs 2.3GB. The camera is aimed at the art digitizing market and other industries that require super-resolution and accurate color. The H6D-400c MS gathers color information by shifting the sensor by a pixel at a time in a four-by-four grid, and recording four images with the red, green and blue filters over-lapping to produce RGBG at every pixel. The sensor is then returned to the normal position before being shifted half a pixel horizontally and then half a pixel vertically to record extra resolution via these two extra images. The GIF below shows the whole process from start to finish: The system is similar to that used by companies like Olympus and Panasonic, except that these manufacturers use their ‘floating’ 5-axis sensor image stabilization technology to manipulate the sensor into position. Hasselblad’s system uses a machined metal block with a track milled into it that the sensor is shifted along. This creates a system that’s more rigid, to ensure the sensor movements are absolutely parallel and precise every single time. When not being used in multi-shot mode, the camera acts just like a H6D-100c, so it can be used normally too. The H6D-400c MS will begin shipping in March, but pre-orders are being accepted immediately. The price of the camera will be $47,995 (€39,999 / £36,250 / RMB 319,999 / JPY 5,391,380 excluding VAT). If that’s a little out of your budget, you will be able to rent it directly from Hasselblad for about $480 (€400 / £360) per day, with discounts available for longer-term agreements. For more information visit the Hasselblad website. Press Release: Hasselblad Introduces the H6D-400c MS, a 400 Megapixel Multi-Shot Camera Building on a vast experience of developing exceptional, high-quality single and multi-shot cameras, Hasselblad once again has raised the bar for image quality captured with medium format system. Multi-Shot capture has become an industry standard in the field of art reproduction and cultural heritage for the documentation of paintings, sculptures, and artwork. As the only professional medium format system to feature multi-shot technology, Hasselblad continues to be the leading choice for institutions, organizations, and museums worldwide to record historic treasures in the highest image quality possible. With over 10 years of digital imaging expertise, the latest Multi-Shot digital camera combines the H6D’s unrivalled ease of use with a completely new frontier of image quality and detail. This new camera encompasses all of the technological functions of Hasselblad’s H6D single shot camera, and adds to that the resolution and colour fidelity leaps that only Multi-Shot photography can bring to image capture. With an effective resolution of 400MP via 6 shot image capture, or 100MP resolution in either 4 shot Multi-Shot capture or single shot mode, the Multi-Shot capture requires the sensor and its mount to be moved at a high-precision of 1 or ½ a pixel at a time via a piezo unit. To capture Multi-Shot images the camera must be tethered to a PC or MAC. In 400MP Multi-Shot mode, 6 images are captured, the first 4 involve moving the sensor by one pixel at a time to achieve real colour data (GRGB- see 4 shot diagrams below), this cycle then returns the sensor to its starting point. A further two exposures are made moving the sensor by ½ a pixel horizontally and then ½ a pixel vertically (see 6 shot diagram on next page). These 6 captures ar[...]

Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:00:00 Z

Introduction Digital medium format has previously been the preserve of professional photographic businesses; commercial concerns that can justify investing tens of thousands of dollars on a tool that offers resolution and image quality beyond the capabilities of consumer cameras (or, at least, those that can recoup the rental cost). These cameras have tended to have 54 x 40mm (essentially the 645 film format) or 44 x 33mm sensors: considerably larger than used in most DSLRs. They were also often based on CCD chips, since these are easier to build on large scales and small volumes and cleaner at low ISO settings (though with limited dynamic range by modern standards). As full frame cameras have become less expensive, this has put pressure on the medium format market (particularly the smaller variant) but has also seen CMOS technology filter upwards. This has led to us starting to see the first sub-$10,000 medium format cameras. The first that a dedicated hobbyist might consider, as well as wider professional market. So, as we keep being asked, which of these cameras is best? Introducing the contenders Launched in 2014 The Pentax 645Z is the granddaddy of 'affordable' medium format. After the somewhat fitful development process of the original 645D, the arrival of CMOS technology brought us the 645Z. Built around a 50MP 44 x 33mm sensor, Ricoh's flagship camera is a traditional DSLR that uses the film-era Pentax 645 mount (hence the name). In the past year, two more companies with medium format heritage have unveiled their offerings, but both Hasselblad and Fujifilm have developed new, mirrorless systems, rather than continuing to use existing mounts. This allows the Fujifilm G and Hasselblad XCD systems to be considerably smaller with shorter flange back distances (especially in the case of the Hasselblad, which does without a focal plane shutter). As well as size, this shorter flange back distance leaves room to adapt all sorts of legacy lenses: something both Hasselblad and Fujifilm have promised. We've been shooting all three cameras and look at their relative strengths in different shooting scenarios. Landscape work - durability One of the most obvious requirements a camera needs for landscape work is a degree of solidity and resilience. As soon as you venture into the outdoors, rain, mud and grit will all feature to a varying degrees. All three of these cameras claim they've been designed with a degree of environmental sealing in mind. None of the makers go so far as to guarantee any degree of weather resistance, so it's difficult to know whether any one of these has the edge over the others. There are plenty of stories of Pentax DSLRs surviving all sorts of mistreatment, so we'd be fairly confident of the 645Z. The Fujifilm and Hasselblad it's harder to know about, especially since both are likely to sell in small enough quantities that it'll always be difficult to establish a statistically useful sample size. Landscape work - battery life Another major factor is battery life. While it's quite possible to carry spare batteries with you, it's not always practical to change them in 'the field.' It can also be frustrating to find yourself having to worry about battery level or change batteries with any kind of frequency, especially as temperatures and battery endurance drop. The 645Z's DSLR design gives it a huge advantage in terms of battery life. Given you can do most of your shot setup using the optical viewfinder, the camera gains a rating of around 650 shots per charge from its relatively small battery. The Fujifilm GFX 50S requires either the rear screen or electronic viewfinder to be active making it rather harder on batteries. Thankfully its powerpack is a lot larger, helping it to a still respectable 400 shot per charge rating. The Hasselblad does least well in this respect, despite it doing everything it can to reduce usage by constantly shutting its screen off. A smaller battery than the Fujifilm and[...]

Hasselblad X1D-50c First Impressions Review

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:22:00 Z


The Hasselblad X1D-50c is a 50MP mirrorless medium format camera and is an important product for the storied Swedish company.

Hasselblad is a company with a long history of making high-end cameras. Its boxy 6 x 6 format cameras (latterly dubbed the 'V' series) were beloved of generations of photographers and perhaps reached their apogee when used to capture man's first ventures to the moon.

The ravages of history, the decline of film and changes of both management and ownership have seen the company make sporadic attempts to expand beyond its core, high-end professional medium format market, but the X1D is the move that best fits with the brand's strengths and history.

The first camera in the 'X' system, the X1D is built around 44 x 33mm medium format sensor (or 'cropped' medium format if you're going to demand that digital directly mimics film formats). The assumption has to be that it's a similar 50MP chip to the one included in Ricoh's Pentax 645Z and Fujifilm's GFX 50S. What's interesting is how different each camera ends up being.

Key Features:

  • 50MP 44 x 33mm medium format CMOS sensor
  • 12.4MP preview JPEGs or '3FR' 16-bit losslessly compressed Raws
  • 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • 920k-dot (VGA) 3.0" touchscreen 
  • Designed to use leaf-shutter lenses
  • Tethered shooting over USB 3.0 or Wi-Fi
  • Full TTL compatibility with recent Nikon Speedlights

Whereas the 645Z is medium format DSLR, built around Pentax's existing 645 film system, and Fujifilm's GFX is a DSLR-shaped mirrorless camera with a focal plane shutter, Hasselblad has used the expertise it's gained in high-end studio cameras to create the smallest camera of the three by pushing the shutter out into the lenses. This move not only keeps the camera small, it also means that the camera can sync with strobes across its entire shutter speed range.

To an extent it reminds us of the original Sony a7, which appeared to be the bare minimum amount of camera built around a full frame sensor. The Hasselblad does the same thing, but with a sensor 70% larger. However, what will be interesting to see is whether the Hasselblad is able to take full advantage of that extra sensor size if its lenses are significantly slower than those available for the smaller, 'full-frame' format (which, in theory at least, gives you the chance to open the aperture, let in more light and cancel out all of the larger sensor advantage, so long as you don't run out of dynamic range).

Initially, Hasselblad has promised three lenses for the XCD system: a 30mm F3.5 (24mm equiv), a 45mm F3.5 (35mm equiv) and a 90mm F3.2 (70mm equiv). As with so many things in life, what you gain on one side (the faster sync speeds of a leaf shutter), you lose on another (it's increasingly hard to get a leaf shutter to quickly open and close across a large distance).

Four more lenses are in development, a 120mm F3.5 (95mm equiv) macro, a 28-60mm equiv 35-75mm zoom, a 65mm (roughly 50mm equiv) and a 22mm (18mm equiv) wide-angle.