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.
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.
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.
Since its launch, the Hasselblad X1D lens variety hasn’t been huge. It was initially announced along with the 30mm f/3.5, 45mm f/3.5, and 90mm f/3.2. Since then, four new lenses have been announced, but only one has shown up so far. The 120mm f/3.5 Macro. Aside from that, your only option is an adapter to use the H lenses of its beefier siblings.
Now, though, Hasselblad wants to give X1D owners fast access to three already existing lenses with a new XPan lens adapter. While XPan lenses haven’t been made for a little while, they’re still out there used. This adapter adds the ability to use your X1D with those 30mm f/5.6, 45mm f/4 and 90mm f/4 XPan lenses.
Hasselblad is officially introducing the “Rent a Hasselblad” service, which will be available across the globe. No matter if you need it for a special photoshoot, or you just want to try it out, from now on you’ll be able to rent medium format cameras and lenses straight from Hasselblad’s official service.
It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Hasselblad have updated their aerial camera system. Replacing the previous A5D 50 and 80 megapixel cameras, the new A6D 100C kicks things up one more notch.
Hasselblad do currently have a complete aerial drone platform in collaboration with DJI which contains the H6D-100C. This, more dedicated, aerial camera, though should help to extend flight time, though, due to being around 2/3rds of the weight.