Back in November, Hasselblad announced (among other things) that the originally-planned XCD 22mm lens on the mirrorless X1D lens roadmap would actually be released even wider: as a 21mm F4. This week, that promise became a reality.

Announced yesterday, the Hasselblad XCD 21mm F4 for the mirrorless medium format X1D camera, is officially Hassleblad's widest lens ever.

"The high-performing 21mm f/4 lens brings together the compact format of the XCD range with the maximum optical quality across the frame with a wide field of view," reads the press release. "The XCD 21mm has an extremely short focal length that provides a 17mm full frame equivalency."

Sample Photo Credit: Hasselblad

The 17mm full-frame equivalent lens features an optical design made up of 13 lens elements in 9 groups, including 2 aspherical elements. The aperture range runs from F4 to F32, an integrated leaf shutter lets you flash sync up to 1/2000th of a second (like all the XCD lenses), and there's also a 32cm "close distance setting" that gets you a 1:10 magnification ratio.

The lens is already live on Hasselblad's website and available for pre-order online. It's scheduled to ship "mid-May" for $3,650 USD / 3,000 Euro / £2,750 GBP excluding VAT. To learn more, visit the Hassleblad website.

Lens Specifications (source):

  • Focal length: 21.8 mm
  • Equivalent Focal length (24x36): 17 mm
  • Aperture range: 4 - 32
  • Angle of view diag/hor/vert: 105°/92°/75°
  • Length/diameter: 106 mm/83 mm
  • Weight (excl. covers and lens shade): 600g
  • Filter diameter: 77 mm

XCD Lens Roadmap:

Press Release

Hasselblad's Widest Lens Ever, XCD 21mm F/4, Now Available for the X1D

Continuing the development of the XCD lens line, the previously announced XCD 21mm f/4 lens is now available for ordering. As Hasselblad’s widest lens yet, it opens doors for even more creative possibilities for the X1D user.

The high-performing 21mm f/4 lens brings together the compact format of the XCD range with the maximum optical quality across the frame with a wide field of view. The XCD 21mm has an extremely short focal length that provides a 17mm full frame equivalency. It features a 32 cm close distance setting (1:10 image scale) and an aperture range between 4 and 32. Offering a new versatility to the X1D user, the lens is especially suitable for both landscape and interior and exterior architectural photography.

Like the other XCD lenses, the XCD 21mm f/4 lens has an integral central shutter offering a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronisation up to 1/2000th second. “The automatic Lens Correction Tool in Phocus will generate images from the XCD 21mm f/4 that are completely free from any distortion, rendering all lines perfectly straight!” says Ove Bengtsson - Product Manager.

The XCD 21mm lens will begin shipping mid-May 2018 with an MSRP of € 2999 / $ 3750 / £ 2749 excl. VAT.