Weekend Report: A First Look At The Hasselblad Medium Format X1D-50c

Weekend Report: A First Look At The Hasselblad Medium Format X1D-50c

Both from proficient interest, and as photography devotees, we saw the dispatch of Hasselblad’s medium arrangement sensor X1D-50c with extensive interest. Half a month prior we got one borrowed from Hasselblad, and got an opportunity to get an underlying thought how it would accommodate our work process – and how it handles by and large. Too, we were interested to perceive how engaging it would be to HODINKEE perusers who are not kidding about photography just as watches (and we know there are a great deal of you).

The X1D-50c from Hasselblad is a medium arrangement, mirrorless camera.

A medium arrangement computerized camera is unified with a sensor bigger than that found in purported full-outline cameras. Full edge advanced cameras are those with sensors about a similar size as an edge of 35mm film, which was the standard arrangement for much – yet not all – proficient photography for quite a long time, before the approach of computerized photography. Medium configuration in the times of film photography, for the most part implied 6 x 6 centimeter square film, or 6 x 9 cm., with the expression “huge arrangement” saved for anything greater. Taking everything into account, a greater sensor will mean better picture quality and greater adaptability in shooting. Better picture quality doesn’t, obviously, mean better pictures, however more on that in a bit.

The Hasselblad X1D-50c is a no-compromises advanced picture making machine.

Medium design computerized cameras have commonly been amazingly costly, and to a great extent apparatuses utilized by proficient style/item, studio, and compelling artwork picture takers. The expense for simply a camera body can hurry to $40,000 or more, and in any event, for most devotees, such cameras have commonly been viewed as one or the other over the top excess (which is to a great extent evident) or as just excessively actually testing (which is likewise obvious, about which, all the more later). Nonetheless, other than the extremely significant expense of the two bodies and focal points, the sheer size of medium configuration cameras has been a significant square to more far reaching use. 

The X1D is really more modest and lighter than some full edge DSLRs, and albeit the focal points add unavoidable mass, I was as yet ready to effectively fit a X1D with both of the provided focal points mounted, into a little sack that I for the most part use for holding a Micro 4/3 camera (as a matter of fact with a battery grasp, yet) and long range focal point, when I’m shooting an occasion. Consider that – a medium arrangement camera in a Micro 4/3 sack; that is pretty unprecedented.

Though it’s significant in your grasp, the Hasselblad X1D-50c is still strikingly compact for a medium configuration camera.

The X1D is quite possibly the most thoroughly present day cameras I’ve at any point seen. There’s no endeavor at all to pander to the wistfulness for exemplary film cameras that drives a ton of mirrorless camera plan – no SLR-like pseudo-pentaprism lodging for the locater; no rangefinder-like styling. The body is a strong square of processed aluminum and however it feels – all things considered, similar to you’d expect a square of accuracy machined metal to feel, or, in other words incredibly significant – it’s still a lot lighter than most other medium configuration cameras. For comparison, Hasselblad’s H6D-50C medium arrangement camera is more than two kilograms, with a focal point mounted; the X1D (camera and battery just) is 725 grams. To place that in watch terms, it’s the heaviness of 5.1 Seiko SKX 007 plunge looks (as marked in our weigh-off of watches in the workplace from a year ago). Once more, the focal point normally adds a ton of mass, however this is a really convenient medium configuration rig and on that score, the most customer cordial camera in Hasselblad’s present portfolio by a significant margin.

In a way, it’s additionally perhaps the most legit cameras I’ve at any point utilized. It’s honestly and proudly – even abundantly – non-simple: an enormous sensor with a tremendous battery and a colossal focal point, and that is basically it. There’s something invigorating about the methodology Hasselblad’s taken to planning something that is plainly intended to bid stylishly just as in fact. All things being equal, it implies activity is by and large as clear as the plan. Numerous activities are gotten to by means of the touchscreen, however there are abundant manual control focuses too, including a somewhat clever mode dial that sits recessed into the body top, until you press it and it springs up. With your correct hand on the hold, you can arrive at both the front and back setting subordinate parchment haggles course, the huge orange shade button; there’s a devoted white equilibrium/ISO button up top, close to an AFL/AEL button, four menu catches flanking the touchscreen, and that is it. Inventive modes and film reproduction modes? Definitely you jest. 

The Hasselblad X1D-50c touchscreen is a fundamental piece of the camera’s control system.

Physical control focuses are effectively open and offer superb feel.

Right now you have two focal point choices – a 45mm f/3.5, and a 90mm f/3.2, which on this sensor, are what might be compared to a 37mm and 75mm focal point on a full casing camera. Clearly these central lengths cover a great deal of bases, yet  there’s a focal point guide behind the XCD mount and more glass is in the pipeline. By 2018, Hasselblad says a sum of 7 focal points will be accessible (counting, most strangely for our motivations, a 120mm large scale which should be sorcery for watch photography) just as connectors permitting utilization of other Hasselblad medium configuration focal points on the X1D body.

The X1D-50c may fit in a pack intended for a Micro 4/3 camera, however in a greater number of ways than one, a Micro 4/3 camera this obviously isn’t, and for me – a constant M4/3 client – the progress was certainly a change, and not without hindrances. The whole shooting experience is substantially more conscious – the greater sensor implies longer startup time (around six seconds) and there are an entire host of different contrasts innate to both the camera and the configuration. For a certain something, I’ve gotten a little messy about screen speed, because of the in-camera picture adjustment in the M4/3 cameras I’ve been utilizing throughout the previous four years; for something else, the for the most part shallower profundity of field you get from a medium configuration camera implies you must be significantly more cautious about hitting center. Also, this is anything but a subtle camera; the body is shockingly compact for the sensor size, however it’s as yet weighty enough, and large enough with the focal point mounted, that it’s not so natural to blur into the woodwork in case you’re attempting to do open road shooting. 

This is a camera that requests your full focus, to say the very least. Be that as it may, when everything comes together you get practically mind blowing picture quality.

Urban winter scene, New York.

Neighbors, Lower East Side, New York.

Dressed to slaughter at Baselworld 2017.

The first time I opened a record out of the camera I was simply amazed – presently, honestly, any medium arrangement document will wow an individual who’s utilized to M4/3 or APSC, yet it was as yet a stun. The sheer degree of detail in each document just as the natural limits of the sensor regarding dynamic reach was faltering. Taking a gander at prepared documents full screen on a Retina show iMac was mesmerizing – that is, the point at which the picture was a decent one.

Hall 1, Baselworld 2017.

Hall 1.2, Baselworld 2017

Semi-public transportation, Baselworld 2017.

Entrance to Hall 1, Baselworld 2017.

The one thing we didn’t will do with the X1D-50c is perceive how it functions for item photography – for that, we need to sit tight for the upcoming 120mm full scale focal point, which is coming up this mid year. I presume that focal point on the X1D-50c will be both amazingly unforgiving and exceptionally remunerating to work with, and likely unforgiving to looks also – that degree of goal will give an extremely definite thought of the degree of nature of a watch by and large, and particularly the degree of finish of different components, which after everything is how buyer arranged item photography helped review purposes should do. Ideally we’ll have the option to get that body and focal point back to work with and when and on the off chance that we do, we’ll update you.

I said before that there was a distinction between great picture quality and a decent picture. That is more evident now than it has been, likely, in the whole history of photography. There’s an incredible interview with Magnum photographic artist Elliott Erwitt in which he’s inquired as to whether he thinks advanced is “adulterating” photography.

He says, “Indeed, I do think advanced is without a doubt tainting the universe of photography … at the point when things are excessively simple, individuals get messy, and messiness isn’t useful for photography.” 

The helpful thing about the X1D, from the angle of becoming a more focused photographic artist, is that you won’t pull off messiness. I think the most ideal approach to consider it, particularly the half a month you’re utilizing one, is as an enhancer of whatever essential temperances you either do or don’t have in an image. On the off chance that you have everything right, you will be compensated with something recognizably more significant than you could escape a more modest arrangement. You’ll get a specific thoughtful profundity and wealth that, at its best, can give a photo a sort of characteristic stylish dignity. 

However this is likewise a camera that will similarly joyfully, totally decidedly, mess with you in the ass on the off chance that you are not focusing. An expendable picture in photography is the standard, instead of the special case (Magnum author Henri Cartier-Bresson said, towards the finish of his life, “Truly, the number of pictures would you be able to take a gander at more than once?”) yet at the same time, glancing through one’s missed shots with the X1D is recognizably more agonizing than with a more modest arrangement camera. Each recorded snapshot of carelessness, delay, weakness, or downright inability to get every one of your affairs in order in fact, looks like more regrettable than simply some more awful shots; they begin to assume the components of a genuine good failing.

So in that sense, it’s a stun to shoot with the X1D. Be that as it may, it’s additionally, I think, bravo. You need to truly think, and more, yet distinctively too. You need to think ahead, about what’s going on in your general surroundings. For reasons unknown, focusing with the X1D doesn’t simply mean focusing harder on the camera, it implies being more careful about the world by and large, which is something that delivers profits in any event, when the camera’s off and in your bag. 

The prerequisite for that sort of cautious consideration was consistently the incredible thing about shooting film, and I feel that need for care about the world is the thing that a many individuals who are getting back to film, or finding it interestingly, are truly searching for, regardless of whether they don’t by and large have any acquaintance with it. What’s more, that is possibly perhaps the most intriguing thing about this camera – this uncompromisingly computerized picture making gadget can, shockingly, get you in an extremely simple condition of mind.

The Hasselblad X1D-50c is $8,995 in the US. Sensor, CMOS, 50MP, 43.8mm x 32.9mm. Catch, crude (Hasselblad 3Fr) + JPEG; ISO 200-25,600. Double card openings. Touchscreen, 920k pixels, with squeeze and-zoom. Crude documents upheld in Lightroom and Photoshop. Focal points, Hasselblad XCD mount (H mount accessible with connector) with in-focal point shade. Climate fixed all aluminum body (focal points climate fixed too). Battery, Li-on, 3200 mAh. Nikon compatible hot shoe with streak sync to every screen accelerate (to 1/2000). More information at hasselblad.com.

For more on the X1D-50c and on medium arrangement photography all in all – particularly for what reason you’d use it, and what it does and doesn’t mean inventively – I unequivocally recommend taking a gander at photographic artist and writer (and watch lover) Ming Thein’s broad inclusion of both the camera specifically, and the organization as a rule, at mingthein.com.