• Kaisern Chen

The Hasselblad "X" cameras

Updated: Mar 13

Made for Photographer!


Hasselblad X1D II 50c mounted with XCD 80/1.9 & XCD 45/3.5

The Hasselblad X1D-II 50c is what I wished the first X series camera should be. What missed on the original X1D-50c has been mostly improved, making the shooting with the camera a much more pleasing experience; however, that is probably also true for most successive cameras each replaced.


The X1D-II retains the original design and three-part construction of the model released in 2016, precision milling from solid aluminum billet, provides the sense of assurance worthy of the Hasselblad name. The smart-looking and meticulously finished Hasselblad X camera with its new space grey finish remains to be the best representation of the modern digital camera, all formats and brands included, as far as industrial design is concerned. However, this is a person's subjective opinion. The classic and practical Leica M cameras, the simplicity of the Alpa 12, the supremacy of the Phase One XF camera, and some other great cameras are not challenged as each has stood out by the individual character of its own, well-proven by time. The Hasselblad X series camera is a camera of 2020 and one that those guests who attend The Oscars would carry!


The most significant improvement of the X1D II 50c is the smoothness it operates, which is the result of all the upgrades of components made to work in higher integration, like a well-oiled machine. The X1D II 50c is more efficient to acquire focus; 3.6" intuitive touch-screen works as toggle control of focus points and quick access to the well-layout menu, making shot to shot sequence more adapted to the preference of a photographer, as a camera should. The 3.69MP OLED EVF further erases any questions that the photographer who used to optical VF might have, as it is as close to one can see the real file display on a device or computer monitor as possible. Those who make a living from digital content creation, still or motion will appreciate its accuracy, efficiency, and convenience.Hasselblad X1D cameras probably have the best handling, size/proportion, and weight that allows a shot with high stability. However, image stabilization is still one of the features that will make the X1D camera even better with potentially multi-shot functional a bonus.


Hasselblad X1D is not a perfect camera, probably none is. But if a question of "what is your dream camera" made to a photographer ten years ago, then the Hasselblad X1D II 50c today may be beyond most of their dreams.


Photo industries have changed a lot; photography is not.


Anastasia Maslova, Bangkok, Thailand February 26, 2020 Hasselblad X1D II 50c + SCD 80/1.9 f/4 1/320 ISO 400 Center-weighted average

Hasselblad XCD 80/1.9 is not an inexpensive lens and is built, finished, and with optical performance to meet the bill. It is an exceptionally bright lens with the leaf shutter that can sync up to 1/2000s and warranty to 1,000,000 exposures. The XCD 80/1.9 feels solid, substantial, but well balanced on the X1D II 50c thanks to its well texturize over-size hand grip. I closed down the lens to f/4 so I can have enough depth of field on the lovely Anastasia while keeping the background blur for better isolation. The new touch screen is intuitive and allows me to use my thumb to move the focusing spot to where I would like to focus while keeping my eyes on the EVF, fantastic for portraiture work.


Anastasia Maslova "Surfaced" Bangkok. February 26, 2020 Hasselblad X1D II 50c + XCD 45/3.5 f/6.3 1/160s ISO 200 Aperture Priority

I started to use the original X1D-50c since late 2016, and I found myself use the camera with XCD 45/3.5 most resembles the way I shoot with a Leica M camera with either a 35mm or 50mm lens which accounts 80% of my shots for location portraits.


Jenny García Vergara, Bangkok, Thailand March 2018 Hasselblad X1D + XCD 45/3.5

Goda Paulavičiūtė, September 2016, Hasselblad X1D-50c + XCD 45/3.5

Olga Svyryda, November 2016, Hasselblad X1D-50c + XCD 45/3.5

The X1D camera with a compact lens such as the XCD 45/3.5 or the new XCD 45/4P measures up well with my go-to Leica M10-D mounted with Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH in term of size, weight and portability as a one-lens-camera situation. Yes, it is a bit bigger in overall size, but in a few hours, you won't tell the difference, says a veteran.


Leica X10-D + Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH and Hasselblad X1D II 50c + XCD 45/3.5

The development and release of XCD 80/1.9 is an answer to Fujifilm's GF 110/2 R LM WR, an excellent lens indeed, and the XCD 80/1.9 is nothing less in any way. It is also an answer to the general public that Hasselblad and its optical manufacturer partner are capable of designing and delivering a fast lens, a benchmark lens of its class.


Hasselblad X1D II 50c + XCD 80/1.9 & Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 110/2 R LM WR

The XCD 80/1.9 has excellent fidelity quality with the minimum distortion, which makes location portraiture with great flexibility. This image of Anastasia is an example of a very natural rendering of the face and body with a high definition between the focused zone and the out-of-focus background for excellent subject separation.


Anastasia Maslova "Surfaced", Bangkok, Thailand February 26, 2020 Hasselblad X1D II 50c + SCD 80/1.9 f/3.2 1/200 ISO 200 Center-weighted average

Katarina Gartell, Bangkok February 26, 2020 Hasselblad X1D II 50c + XCD 80/1.9 f/3.2 1/250s ISO 200 Center-weighted average

The compact size and solidly built of Hasselblad X1D camera make it an ideal choice for location works. I made some images with the lovely Lithuanian girl, Goda Paulavičiūtė, at the Bangkok Railway Station for my first location shoot with X1D 50c and instantly fell in love with it.


Goda Paulavičiūtė with Hasselblad X1D 50c + Xcd 45/3.5 at the Bangkok Railway Station September 15, 2016

Victoria Pacheco with Hasselblad X1DII-50c, March 7, 2020

In the studio, the original X1D 50c performed acceptably; autofocus is useful, accurate a bit slow, but gets the work done.


Ira Lyutak at SOTA 96 Bangkok September 14, 2016 X1D 50c + XCD 45/3.5 f/9 1/125s ISO 100 Profoto Lights

Goda Paulavičiūtė at SOTA 96 Bangkok, November 15, 2016 Hasselblad X1D 50c + XCD 90/3.2 f/10 1/400s ISO 100 Profoto Lights

The XCD 90/3.2, as one of the first batch of lenses released along with the original X1D 50c is an excellent lens; the new XCD 80/1.9 is better in every way except heavier.


Hasselblad X1D II 50c mounted with XCD 80/1.9

Katerina Gartell & Anastasia Maslova, Bangkok, Thailand February 26, 2020 Hasselblad X1D II 50c + XCD 80/1.9 f/4 1/180s ISO 100 Aperture Priority

Anastasia Maslova, February 26, 2020 Hasselblad X1D II 50c + XCD 80/1.9 f/4 1/350s ISO 400 Aperture Priority


March 2020


Victoria Pacheco, the Bangkok Railway Station, March 7, 2020 Hasselblad X1DII 50c + XCD 45/3.5 f/4 1/400s ISO 100 Aperture Priority

Victoria Pacheco, the Bangkok Railway Station, March 7, 2020 Hasselblad X1DII-50c + XCD 90/3.2 f/3.2 1/180s ISO 3,200 Center-Weighted Average

Victoria Pacheco, the Bangkok Railway Station, March 7, 2020 Hasselblad X1DII-50c + XCD 45/3.5 f/5.6 1/320s ISO 100 Aperture Priority

The modern digital system has the lens perfectly matched optically, through the lens design, digital optimization, and advanced lens coating. The best example here that the Hasselblad XCD 45/3.5 is shot wide open against light and still able to deliver extremely sharp images and free of any flare with high contrast.


Victoria Pacheco, the Bangkok Railway Station, March 7, 2020 Hasselblad X1DII-50c + XCD 45/3.5 f/3.5 1/100s ISO 400 Aperture Priority

Victoria Costello and Virginia Costello, the twin sister from Argentina, SOTA 96 Bangkok, March 7, 2020 Hasselblad X1D II 50c + XCD 90/3.2 f/9 1/160s ISO 100 Profoto Lights

Virginia Costello with Hasselblad X1D II 50c mounted with XCD 90/3.2 at SOTA 96 Bangkok, March 7, 2020

Victoria Costello and Virginia Costello, the twin sisters from Argentina behind and in front of camera, SOTA 96 Bangkok, March 7, 2020 Hasselblad X1D II 50c + XCD 90/3.2 f/9 1/160s ISO 100 Profoto Lights


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