Hasselblad’s new medium format digital camera is a tiny, stunning nod to historical past

While mirrorless cameras speed up into the long run, medium format fashions are hearkening unto the previous — and Hasselblad is chief amongst them. Its new digital again suits lenses going again to the ’50s, and the tiny 907X digital camera physique is about as pretty a throwback as one can think about.

The new set of programs, announced today, are considerably totally different from what most individuals are used to. Most interchangeable-lens programs, like Canon and Nikon’s DSLRs and Olympus and Fujifilm’s mirrorless cameras, typically have two elements: a lens and a physique, within the latter of which is discovered the picture sensor.

Hasselblad does make cameras like that, and in reality launched a dandy-looking new one at this time, the X1D II 50C (simply attempt to maintain observe of those names). But the extra fascinating merchandise by far to me is the CFV II digital again and 907X digital camera physique.

Unlike a standard DSLR, digital backs are primarily simply big sensors; they match the place the medium format movie would have gone and acquire gentle instead. But in addition they want a digital camera unit to do the heavy lifting of parsing all these pixels — about 50 million of them on this case.

What’s good about that is that you could connect a contemporary again and digital camera unit to a lens many years previous — you would additionally connect a contemporary one, however why? Part of the enjoyable of medium format is utilizing gear from the distant previous, and taking pictures in some methods the identical means somebody might need shot a century in the past.

The system Hasselblad launched at this time is without doubt one of the most compact you’ll discover, packing all of the processing energy wanted into an enclosure that’s hardly larger than the lens itself. On the again of it’s a high-resolution touchscreen that flips out to 45 and 90 diploma angles, letting you shoot top-down or from an angle, just like the previous days.

It could seem a mere nostalgia bid, nevertheless it’s an fascinating approach to shoot and is extra targeted on cautious composition than spontaneous captures. And brother, is it good-looking, as you’ll be able to see above. (The high image exhibits the digital camera rotated so you’ll be able to see the display — usually it could face away from the lens.)

Pricing and availability are to be introduced, however this received’t be low-cost — assume within the $4,000-$6,000 vary for the 2 items.

I in all probability won’t ever personal one, however I’m happy to know that there’s a taking pictures expertise on the market that emulates the previous medium format type so carefully, and never simply superficially. It’s a beautiful piece of {hardware} and if Hasselblad’s document is any indication, it’ll take pretty pictures.


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