Hasselblad X1D – That’s a Lot of Camera



The Hasselblad X1D ups the quotient for being too much camera to handle, but that’s actually a good thing. This is the first medium-format device that can fit comfortably inside a mid-sized camera bag. Traditionally speaking, a medium-format camera would have large bodies due to the part of the size of the mirror inside the unit that it needs to accommodate. The company went mirrorless for this model, hence, the weight is cut by half. It is now a device that professionals, as well as camera enthusiasts that are constantly spoiled by large-sensor photo quality, that require a hefty premium before you can get it.

Hasselblad X1D - That's a Lot of Camera

If You Want/Need the Hasselblad X1D, Then Prepare to Spend a Lot

In order to get your hands on the Hasselblad X1D, just the body itself will legitimately break banks, and that premium can go even further when you purchase it with the XCD 45-millimeter f/3.5 lens or the XCD 90-millimeter f/4.5 lens. Even though the company is shipping the lenses for the camera, they do a nice gesture by also offering an H lens adapter so that camera enthusiasts will be able to use all of their H-mount lenses with it. However, users and interested purchasers do keep in mind that the larger lenses would definitely defeat the purpose of having a compact mirrorless body. But if that’s okay with you, then you’re in for a shooting treat.

The Hasselblad X1D-50c is the first in the series, and it is essentially a camera that is an adapted-for-mirrorless variant of the company’s own HDC-50c. There are also two new lenses made that are specifically designed for its mount, which is dubbed the X mount. In an interesting side note, the reason why the camera took so long to transition from being a pipe dream, to have undergone development, to becoming an actual reality is because of a lack of drive from Hasselblad’s staff as well as the cash needed to complete the unit.

As per a representative from the company, the lack of the necessary funding, as well as the lack of vision, stalled the development of the Hasselblad X1D. It wasn’t until approximately two years ago that the powers-that-be at the firm stopped worrying about the downfall of their sales of their costly reflex cameras. The size of the camera that has been developed is roughly the same size as that of the full-frame Leica SL, which is actually quite huge for a mirrorless camera.


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