I’m seeing a little bit of speculation on social media after a new countdown timer has just appeared on the Hasselblad website. So soon after the announcement of the Fuji GFX 100, could this be the 100-megapixel follow up to the Hasselblad X1D? That’s what many believe Hasselblad will announce, although there is nothing specifically to suggest it other than the timing.
Digital medium format cameras hit the market in 1992, with Leaf’s release of the DCB. At the time, this 4mp back launched what would be a tremendous resurgence of medium format photography, primarily within commercial and portrait markets. But why? These systems cost anywhere from 4-10 times what flagship DSLRs cost. Are they really that much better?
Should you switch from APS-C to full-frame? Or perhaps shoot large format? Does it matter? What will it change? Ah, so many questions. In this video, Jay P. Morgan and Kenneth Meryl have decided to test four sensor sizes side by side and give you the answers. They shot with a large format, a full-frame, an APS-C and a micro 4/3 camera. Here you can compare the images side-by-side and see for yourself how much of a difference there is.
NASA’s Apollo Program was an audacious mission to send astronauts to the moon – a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy’s in a bold speech in 1961 that was an ongoing part of the Cold War. NASA’s use of photography aboard spacecraft originated during the Mercury Program when John Glenn carried two cameras during his Mercury-Atlas 6 program: 1) a Leica 1g for ultraviolet spectrascopic photos, and 2) a modified Ansco Autoset (which was a rebadged Minolta Hi-Matic by the Ansco Company) which took the first human-shot, color still photos.
This is going to be a winning combination for many photographers. Cameras and Lego (not Legos). This “Hasselblad 503CX Film Camera“, it may not surprise you to learn, is not actually a camera at all (yet). It’s a lego construction created by Lego user, helenfigures (we’ll just call her Helen from here).
Helen is attempting to convince Lego to turn this into an actual kit. She writes that she is a photographer and that the Hasselblad 503CX is on of her favourite cameras. The camera contains interior parts, just like the real thing, including a mirror so that you can actually see through the lens down the waist level finder.
Today, Hasselblad released new sample photos taken with their latest medium format camera H6D-400c MS. And their test subject? A Ross HK-7 which is the first camera they ever produced. It’s a wonderful testament to how much the company has achieved in photography technology in the last 77 years.[Read More…]
Fulfilling its promise to release a new line of lenses before the end of 2018, Hasselblad has just announced that the XCD 21mm f/4 is now available for purchase. Priced at $3,750, this ultra wide angle lens is the fifth addition to the X-system lenses. Its focal length is equivalent to a 17mm. full frame lens, and is so far the widest the company has ever produced. [Read More…]
Hasselblad have just announced the new H6D-400c. A 400MP monster of a camera, but there’s a catch. All is not quite as it initially appears. Yes, it can produce 400MP images, but it’s not a 400MP sensor. It’s still a 100MP sensor, but it uses pixel shifting, taking multiple shots to form a single higher resolution image. Six shots this case.
As well as this, the H6D-400c offers a four-shot multishot mode which allows the camera to record full red, green and blue values from every pixel. A very cool technique that should (theoretically) yield Foveon-like quality from a Bayer sensor.
In recent tests from DxO, the camera of Google Pixel 2 takes the first place as the best mobile device camera they’ve tested so far. According to the sample images, it really does a good job, but how does it stack up against a professional camera? Tyler Stalman has decided to check it. In this video, he and photographer Jason Eng test Google Pixel 2 and a Hasselblad medium format system in different lighting conditions, and compare the results.