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Hasselblad X1D II 50C Review

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Contrary to objectives, the Hasselblad X1D II 50C doesn’t have a revolutionary brand-new sensor or a suite of cutting-edge features. Rather, it’s a development of the initial Hasselblad X1D 50C – which isn’t, always, a negative. When it had been released in 2016, the initial X1D was a groundbreaking camera, liberating medium structure picture taking from the bolted-down realm of tripod and studio capturing.

And this may be the overriding reason Hasselblad thought we would simply update the camera, instead of releasing a completely new version with ( as many folks hoped) a 100MP sensor (and it must be remembered that the business already includes a 100MP camera, the Hasselblad H6D-100c Medium Format DSLR).

Hasselblad X1D II 50c Mirrorless Camera Body

 out of stock
Amazon.com
as of January 26, 2021 9:47 pm

Features

  • 50MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS Sensor
  • Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
  • 16-Bit Color, 14-Stop Dynamic Range
  • 0.87x 3.69m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Body Only, No lens is included

The Hasselblad X1D II 50C retains its predecessor’s sleek, light-weight form factor. As such it continues to be a legitimate laptop and effective imaging machine, similar in size and fat to a 35mm DSLR, ideal for medium format road photography – a thing that is still an unbelievable feat. But although it brings the undeniable design to the moderate format market, that will not guarantee it a location amidst the very best medium format digital cameras, and it generally does not necessarily make it among the best cameras for professionals.

Performance

Regardless of the improvements in interface and speed, the Hasselblad X1D II 50C still has the same image sensor and broadly the same capabilities as its predecessor. This means, fundamentally, that its technical performance is largely indistinguishable from the original.

That implies that you can expect genuinely gorgeous images, both when it comes to the full-res JPGs and the chunky RAW documents. Again, 35mm cameras might rival the X1D II in writing when it comes to resolution, but their smaller sensors can’t compare to medium format when it comes to scaling, scope and that elusive ‘ethereal’ quality.

Image quality really is in a little league of its own. Paired with the stunning Hasselblad XCD 1, 9/80 or Hasselblad XCD 2, 8/135, you have the ability to generate portraits with beautifully thin depth of field and falloff. Shooting wider, such as with the Hasselblad XCD 35-75 or the new Hasselblad XCD 2, 8/65 enables you to capture images with great dimensionality and the kind of depth that is truly unique to medium format photography.

Still, the images themselves are no different than you could produce with the original X1D – and, regrettably, the conditions under which you produce them are no different, either.

The autofocus is still a bugbear with this camera. It can be very sluggish, actually in decent light, hunting helplessly even when using a drag and drop focus point. Whether we were shooting models using studio lighting or street scenes in broad daylight, the camera always needed a few attempts to find focus.

This is because the X1D II still uses a contrast-detect system, and unlike rival systems, there are no clever tracking or eye detection algorithms to help the AF system keep up. The autofocus isn’t unusable, by any means, but it remains a notable issue that can bring the pace of your shooting to a screeching halt.

Also slowing you down is the sluggish nature of the shutter mechanism, which takes between half a second and a second to engage after you’ve depressed the button. It feels like the half-second of lag you get after you’ve taken a shot before the preview image appears on the LCD, but it’s an additional lag before you’ve taken the shot.

A day-long photoshoot with two professional models ground to a standstill repeatedly, and it took some getting used to for all involved having to stay statue-still for extended periods, waiting first for the AF to find focus and then for the shutter to finally kick in. And obviously, with no image stabilization, you will need to expert the skill of remaining statue-still.

You’ll require good camera craft and/or considered shutter speeds when shooting handheld, as the huge sensor will betray even the tiniest movements during publicity. This, in conjunction with the agonized concentrate and shutter instances, meant that we eventually resorted to a tripod when working with longer lenses just like the XCD 2, 8/135.

In ideal conditions, though, and with a far more compact lens just like the XCD 3, 5/30, the camera is indeed light therefore ergonomically smartly designed that shake is really a nonissue. It continues to be an extraordinary achievement that handheld moderate format photography can be done in that compact camera, and eventually, that’s where the X1D II shines – despite the fact that it is also where it’s outshone by its Fujifilm rivals.

Specifications

Sensor: 50MP medium format CMOS, 43.8 × 32.9 mm
AF points: 117 contrast AF
ISO range: 100 to 25,600
Max image size: 8,272 × 6,200
Metering modes: Spot, center-weighted and center spot
Video: “To be enabled at a later date”
Viewfinder: OLED EVF,  3.69m dots, 100% coverage, 0.87x magnification
Memory card: Dual SD cards (UHS-II compatible)
LCD: 3.6-inch touchscreen, 2.36m dots
Max burst: 2.7fps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB-C (3.0)
Size: 148 x 97 x 70mm (body only)
Weight: 766g (body only, with battery and SD card)

Verdict

The Hasselblad X1D II 50C features some notable performance boosts – much larger and higher-res EVF and rear screen, faster startup time and general operability, improved connectivity and workflow – but fundamentally, it is the same camera as its predecessor. This implies that you obtain the same great medium format picture quality in the same smooth, the superbly designed body that’s light-weight and portable. However, in addition, it ensures that you obtain the same problems as sluggish autofocus and sluggish shutter impulse – and it can’t, however, shoot video.

Hasselblad X1D II 50c Mirrorless Camera Body

 out of stock
Amazon.com
as of January 26, 2021 9:47 pm

Features

  • 50MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS Sensor
  • Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
  • 16-Bit Color, 14-Stop Dynamic Range
  • 0.87x 3.69m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Body Only, No lens is included

PROS

  • Beautiful image quality
  • Improved speed & performance
  • New tethering & mobile options
  • Incredibly comfortable to use

CONS

  • Autofocus remains sluggish
  • Shutter feels slow to respond
  • No video capability (yet)
  • Still pricier than its rivals

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