Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
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Joined on Oct 28, 2002

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CreeDo: Would be interested to see comparison shots of the same subjects with this vs. a 5DsR. It's gonna be less noisy and permit shallower dof in some cases... and I guess there's some intangibles about that nice sensor like color accuracy.

But are these things worth spending $5000 more, even for serious professionals? Especially since the AF isn't as good and the lens lineup will never be as robust. Even the weight savings doesn't sound like much of a selling point, it's a difference of like 15%.

Shallow DOF is used by commercial photographers (this camera's market) far less than portrait photographers and certainly less than hobbyists preoccupied by the schtick. Simply look at the ads you see in fashion magazines and you will see the truth of it.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:22 UTC
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stevo23: I'm liking this story. If only it were less expensive. But then, it's hand made in Sweden.

Others have noted that its price is not that much higher than the flagship models from Canon and Nikon.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:19 UTC
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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul: Leaf shutter with large aperture lens is possible?

But you can use them with an adapter for even more bulk. ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:16 UTC
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Thomas KP Lee: There are rumors that Fuji and Sony will also announce mirrorless mid format camera later on this years, whoever able to win in the market place is the one that are able to have the most adapters to use other / older mid format lenses, just like in the case of Sony E ( of FE) mount. Hasselblad even being the first one to come, but if the mount is limiting itself to the 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor, not for any larger sensor, while a lot of old mid format lenses can cover the full size 60 x 45mm for the future digital sensors. Perhaps Hasselblad wishes user to buy new lenses! While Fuji or Sony ( definitely will define their own mount!) if able to cover larger size sensor and able to have more third parties adapters to produce various adapters and with feature to help manual focus and/or auto focus, then Hasselblad will still lose in the battle!

The business model you are describing is one that assumes a lot of contributors to a niche that already has very few users. As such, there is scant incentive to enter a market that depends on others for you to sell just a few,very expensive items.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:13 UTC
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zakaria: I think the future is not clear for most photography companies. may be a new system that can accept all lenses from all brands will wine the battle!

While ML cameras are relatively easy to adapt lenses to (except this Hasselblad) this is not what makers want. They want people buying the lenses they make and not third party lenses.
The camera maker makes critical revenue from the sale of lenses. Losing that sales stream means less money for R&D.
To really make that model work, camera makers would have to adopt something like the m43 standards. Not much incentive for makers with extensive lines already existing.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:10 UTC
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Thomas KP Lee: The key feature of 1/2000 flash syn speed on the new XCD lenses is definitely a winner in action portrait application, but most other applications will not need such high speed syn, so only limited quantity of such new leaf shutter lenses will be bought, while a lot of users will try to use old and existing mid format lenses!

The flash sync is key for any photographer wanting to use flash outside. A leaf shutter frees the user from the tyranny of a limited shutter speed when using flash. This is what will make this successful with pros as opposed to the Pentax645z which, though good in many ways, fails in the critical application needed for many working pros.
Critics may ( and will) dispute this but working pros have had the choices of leaf shutters versus focal plane and leaf shutters get the nod because of the flexibility with flash.
In this new mirrorless application the lack of mirror slap and FP shutter shock will be most welcome.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 21:05 UTC

That image would have been missed today by the "photographer" Mulling which lens would give the best bokeh, what metering pattern to use, what ISO to use, what aperture to use, JPG or RAW? (I'm scared of RAW but I hear its good), What Art filter to use? should I Instagram it immediately? etc.
It used to be fun to look at the world instead of the menu.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 15:37 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
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ms18: Charge more pay the extra money to adobe so they will support your RAWs and we can use the camera properly

Sigma users represent too small a market for the effort Adobe would have to expend.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)
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falconeyes: Nice body. But the MF problem of lack of fast or affordable lenses persists, i.e., this will remain a niche product although I applaud them to be first for a possible new trend.

2695$ for a 70mm/2.5 equivalent when a very good 85mm/1.8 equivalent (for full frame) is 500$? In theory, MF lenses (with the same equivalent properties) should be cheaper (they are easier to make) but so far, nobody delivers on this technical promise.

Sony had a smaller inventory of native FF lenses when the A7 came out. I notice they are still here. I also notice that their latest G-Master lenses are approaching Hasselblad lenses in pricing.

As for game changer, yes in MF no for hobbyists.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 06:06 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: I suppose the next thing is a Hasselblad forum here?

Haha.
Like the Pro Digital forum where three pros check in on the trolls twice a year?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 15:08 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)
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falconeyes: Nice body. But the MF problem of lack of fast or affordable lenses persists, i.e., this will remain a niche product although I applaud them to be first for a possible new trend.

2695$ for a 70mm/2.5 equivalent when a very good 85mm/1.8 equivalent (for full frame) is 500$? In theory, MF lenses (with the same equivalent properties) should be cheaper (they are easier to make) but so far, nobody delivers on this technical promise.

The lenses use leaf shutters. Thus they are going to be constrained in absolute speed by that. It also makes the barrels a bit larger.
The leaf shutter is an enormously important feature for pros and those using flash.
HSS and Hypersync are weak workarounds by comparison.
As for the price, as noted above, economies of scale. That is why Pentax is charging $5k for its new 645 lenses.

These are bargains by comparison.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)
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magoo_on_safari: The point of this camera is not for male tech heads at all. it is a 'firetruck you uncle bill' camera for professionals who prefer using light efficient cameras (like female wedding photographers). I think by your comments most of you are 'uncle bills' who have so much emotional energy invested in your equipment that i often wonder what happens to your photos. So as a pro photographer this camera is a godsend, it is a revolution, and i'm glad they charge to much for most uncle bills to buy!

Preach!

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)
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kadardr: 50 MP is no snapshot territory. You have to think several times. Production job. The alternatives for (or similars of) X1D are the RX1RII and the Sigma Quattro SD H. The former lacks interchangeability and have to be rigged up. The latter has a 1/180 flash syncro speed, so not for fancy flash work. But the price of X1D is really at the pro level, and these others are much cheaper. As for the X1D lenses the 24, 35 and 70mm equivalent (30, 45 and 90mm) set is good enough as a start. A 150mm tele and a 100 mm macro could be the next (may be final) step.

Taking snapshots with the Hasselblad will also be very easy. But at bottom it is a pro tool and the keys are sensor IQ and leaf shutter lenses.

The Canon 5DsR and the Nikon 810 are superb but are just evolutions of the 35mm SLR idiom. This is a new form for MF. Kinda like the Mamiya 6 with a digital sensor and the advances of 30 years.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)

I suppose the next thing is a Hasselblad forum here?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 05:04 UTC as 154th comment | 6 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)
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Joe Pineapples II: Wow - I love it. This looks like the digital successor to my old Mamiya 6 medium-format rangefinder. I reckon Hasselblad have knocked one out of the ballpark here. This could be destined to become a digital classic.

The Mamiya 6 wasn't cheap either but it was much loved.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 05:02 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)
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Wild Light: Medium Format in a body not much bigger than a Leica M. Game changing indeed. It will come down to lenses though, for me. There is no fast standard. For me it needs a 70mm f2 and with no focal plane shutter to adapt then it needs to tick boxes. I will wait but no fast standard and I'm not in.

Considering that MF is not the usual province of fast lenses (Contax 80 f2, Bronica 80 f1.9 and Hasselblad 100 f2.2 notwithstanding All FP lenses BTW) you might have a long wait.

One cannot really look at the Hasselblad strategy from a consumer -me-too point of view.
Had they done so, they would have been endlessly fending off criticisms that Sony/Canon/Nikon are similar/better/cheaper.

Their market is not has not been the amateur and their preoccupations.
Their foray into the Sony-cam fiasco is evidence enough of that.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
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rrccad: so how is this a game changer?

it's certainly well priced. it's a mirrorless camera with greater than full frame sensor, less than a 645 sensor size, no articulating screen, with difficult lens adaptability.

because it doesn't have a mirror it's a game changer?

umm why?

Leaf Shutter Lenses: Enormously important to pros and others using flash extensively
Low price point for those wanting to transition to MF with LS lenses of superb quality.
The small size is a bonus but also an artifact of its minimal design taking full advantage of the mirrorless design.
Pros will have no concern about size or weight but will appreciate the fact that it is similar in bulk to their Canikon gear and actually affordable.

Your concerns are why you might choose a Sony or Olympus or Fuji. Fine.
But pros, and those wanting the features of the X-1D are delighted by its intro.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 16:02 UTC
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Photomonkey: As others have noted this really is a brilliant achievement by Hasselblad.
A clean sheet design incorporating the heritage of leaf shutter Hasselblad lenses and the latest mirrorless design.
They have created a beautiful minimalist design as a platform for a new line of lenses that build on their heritage of superb optics.
The pricing is a breakthrough and was presaged by Pentax's success with moderately priced MF in their 645z.
Hasselblad realized that the demand for moderately priced MF was real and they committed to a camera that arguably is one of the best possible MF iteration today.

Its small size will and good price will attract a new generation to MF that will find new ways to use this format. I am certain that Hasselblad will follow up with more lenses and most likely TS and other specialty lenses that will make this a must have camera for many pros and other enthusiasts.

Nope, but there will be incentive by Hasselblad to make them if the body is as successful as I expect.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 15:57 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)

As others have noted this really is a brilliant achievement by Hasselblad.
A clean sheet design incorporating the heritage of leaf shutter Hasselblad lenses and the latest mirrorless design.
They have created a beautiful minimalist design as a platform for a new line of lenses that build on their heritage of superb optics.
The pricing is a breakthrough and was presaged by Pentax's success with moderately priced MF in their 645z.
Hasselblad realized that the demand for moderately priced MF was real and they committed to a camera that arguably is one of the best possible MF iteration today.

Its small size will and good price will attract a new generation to MF that will find new ways to use this format. I am certain that Hasselblad will follow up with more lenses and most likely TS and other specialty lenses that will make this a must have camera for many pros and other enthusiasts.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 14:18 UTC as 240th comment | 2 replies
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String: Flash synch at 1/2000... nice.
Could be the ultimate on location camera for fashion/portraiture and certainly a smaller package than the existing Phase1/Hassy for the remote landscape guys.

Well done and awesome comeback from the "Stellar" days!

Also a tempting body for all the H body owners out there.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 14:10 UTC
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