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Hasselblad X2D Ad-Hoc Examples: Colorado Cabin

The X2D arrived finally, and I got onto it late in the day... this page presents examples in the mountains of Colorado, taken with the Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V taken on the Hasselblad X2D 100C.

These examples were some of the first exploratory images I took.

Hasselblad X2D Ad-Hoc Examples: Colorado Cabin

Includes images up to full camera resolution.

View Past Barn to Basalt Mountain
f11 @ 1/4 sec electronic shutter, ISO 64; 2022-10-04 18:34:43
X2D 100C + Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V @ 43mm equiv (55mm)
ENV: Colorado, altitude 8660 ft / 2640 m, 56°F / 13°C
RAW: vignetting corrected, push 0.1 stops, +44 Shadows, -61 Highlights, +10 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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Voigtlander FE 65mm f/2 Macro APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Barn at Sunrise

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This series shows its spectacular performance from f/2 to f/8 using 4-shot pixel shift on the Sony A1, which resolves fine detail on par with a 100 megapixel camera.

Voigtlander FE 65mm f/2 Macro APO-Lanthar Aperture Series: Barn at Sunrise

Includes images from f/2 to f/8.

Barn at Sunrise
f5.6 @ 1/160 sec electronic shutter pixel shift, ISO 100; 2022-09-27 06:50:01
Sony A1 + Voigtlander FE Macro APO-Lanthar 65mm f/2 Aspherical
ENV: Colorado, altitude 8660 ft / 2640 m, 60°F / 15°C
RAW: +60 Shadows, +10 Whites, +10 Clarity

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UPDATE: Hasselblad X2D Due Oct 3 Now in FedEx black hole

re: Announced: Hasselblad X2D-100C with 100 Megapixel Sensor, IBIS, Phase-Detect AF
re: Hasselblad X2D storage
re: Hasselblad X2D

I plan on a thorough review of the Hasselblad X2D 100C and at least the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V. Many thanks to B&H Photo for the loaner camera and lenses.

The Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V were here two weeks ago.

The Hasselblad X2D was supposed to arrive Monday Oct 3 for review.

Today I came down out of the mountains to wait all day for a “by 12 noon” priority overnight delivery and these FedEx jackasses could not be bothered to update their status until after dark, when it went from “by 12:00 PM” to “by end of day”.

As of 9:15 PM the package is still due for delivery by “end of day”, but it is now “delayed”.

Is it in Denver lost in a back room, or the city of delivery, on a truck on Loveland Pass, stolen, lost, WTF FedEx?!!!

This FedEx incompetence is not new—this is something like the 3rd time in 6 months. FedEx used to be reliable, now it (and UPS) both suck. Is the CEO asleep at the switch?

I 'get' that packages can be delayed, but when FedEx doesn’t even know which city the package is in and wastes an entire day of my time to boot, I think FedEx owes me a damned big favor.

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Shootout: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II vs Voigtlander FE 50/2 APO (Barn at Sunrise)

This comparison from f/2 - f/11 on a deep 3D scene pits a good sample of the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II against the Voigtlander FE 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar, one of the finest 50mm lenses available for Sony mirrorless, a reference lens.

Shootout: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II vs Voigtlander FE 50/2 APO (Barn at Sunrise)

Includes images from f/2 to f/11, plus crops and commentary.

Barn at Sunrise
f8 @ 1/80 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2022-09-28 06:39:34
Sony A1 + Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II @ 48mm
ENV: Colorado, altitude 8660 ft / 2640 m, 60°F / 15°C
RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected, push 1.0 stops, +60 Shadows, -100 Highlights, +10 Whites, +5 Contrast, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Aperture Series @ 63mm: Cabin at Sunrise

Sacrifice superior results for the convenience of a zoom? Lousy idea when the lens actively undermines sharpness by aggressive focus shift.

This aperture series from f/2.8 - f/11 confirms the findings in the shootout, showing that the aggressive rearward focus shift hugely degrades sharpness in the zone of focus.

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II Aperture Series @ 63mm: Cabin at Sunrise

Includes images from f/2 to f/8, plus crops and commentary.

Cabin at Sunrise
f2.8 @ 1/640 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2022-09-27 06:52:11
Sony A1 + Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II @ 63mm
ENV: Colorado, altitude 8640 ft / 2633 m, 60°F / 15°C
RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected, +60 Shadows, +10 Whites, +10 Contrast, +10 Clarity

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Shootout: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II vs Voigtlander FE 35/2 APO (Outhouse at Dusk)

Sacrifice superior results for the convenience of a zoom?

This comparison from f/2 - f/11 on a deep 3D scene pits a good sample of the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II against the Voigtlander FE 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar, the finest 35mm lens available for Sony mirrorless.

Shootout: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM vs Voigtlander FE 35/2 APO (Colorado Cabin)

Includes images from f/2 to f/11, plus crops and commentary.

Outhouse at Dusk
f8 @ 1/5 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2022-09-29 17:22:34
Sony A1 + Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II @ 35mm
ENV: Colorado, altitude 8640 ft / 2633 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected, push 0.1 stops, +10 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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Lundy Canyon beaver pond and high peaks
f5.6 @ 13.0 sec EFC shutter, ISO 100; 2021-11-03 18:21:33
Canon EOS R5 + Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 16mm
ENV: Lundy Canyon, altitude 8200 ft / 2499 m, 56°F / 13°C
RAW: LACA corrected, push 0.5 stops, +80 Shadows, -100 Highlights, +20 Whites, +10 Clarity

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re: Announced: Hasselblad X2D-100C with 100 Megapixel Sensor, IBIS, Phase-Detect AF
re: Hasselblad X2D storage
re: Hasselblad X2D

I plan on a thorough review of the Hasselblad X2D 100C and at least the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V. Many thanks to B&H Photo for the loaner camera and lenses.

The Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V are here.

The Hasselblad X2D arrives Monday Oct 3 for review.

Thank you for ordering your Hasselblad X2D 100C and new lenses through the links on this site.

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Shootout: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II vs Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM (Colorado Cabin)

I am looking to see whether the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II is up to the job for landscape. This is the first of various evaluations.

This comparison from f/2.8 - f/11 on a deep 3D scene pits a good sample of the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II against the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM, the finest ultra wide angle zoom on the market.

Distortion, sharpness, color correction are evaluated, as well as the distinctly different field curvature behaviors, the understanding of which is essential for optimal total sharpness near-to-far and across the frame—at least for photographers looking for the best possible results.

Shootout: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM vs Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM (Colorado Cabin)

Includes images from f/2.8 to f/11, plus crops and commentary.

Colorado Cabin
f8 @ 0.8 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2022-09-29 17:39:36
Sony A1 + Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II @ 24mm
ENV: Colorado, altitude 8400 ft / 2560 m, 52°F / 11°C
RAW: Enhance Details, LACA corrected, +30 Shadows, +10 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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Colorado, Awaiting the Hasselblad X2D 100C

I’m in Colorado visiting family but also shooting the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, which I did not cover to my satisfaction back in June. Doing some ad-hoc outdoors examples as well as some comparisons with other lenses.

I am told that the Hasselblad X2D 100C should arrive at B&H this Friday. If that holds, then maybe I get it Saturday or Monday, whereupon I will make the my focus.

Below, the Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a fabulous performer, but its AF is pretty crappy on the Sony A1, hunting when it should not. Maybe it needs a firmware update, which I cannot do on my Mac?

Early Morning Mule Deer
f2.8 @ 1/125 sec handheld IS=on electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2022-09-27 07:12:43
Sony A1 + Sigma FE 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
ENV: altitude 8430 ft / 2569 m, 60°F / 15°C
RAW: LACA corrected

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Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V: High-Grade Build, Nicely Compact

re: Hasselblad X2D

I plan on a thorough review of the Hasselblad X2D 100C and at least the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V. Many thanks to B&H Photo for the loaner camera and lenses.

The Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V are here.

The packaging is robust, sure to frustrate any UPS driver looking to run random drop tests.

The build quality is superb; I like it visually much more than the previous generation designs, though I have yet to test AF or manual focus to see how focus by wire works.

The lens hoods are metal and reverse for very compact stowage. A bit hard to attach though, the kind that requires exact alignment at the right spot... not a fan of that in dim light.

The fast lens speed of f/2.5 (equivalent to f/2 on 35mm format in DoF terms) is 1/3 stop to 2/3 stop faster (brighter) than most XCD lenses, yet these lenses are more compact. And hardly heavier than the Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/4. Awesome work Hasselblad! Presumably this is from the use of 3 aspherical elements (the Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/3.5 has no aspherical elements at all).

These two lenses are gems, and a size I would be very pleased to carry them for landscape photography while hiking. Hopefully the optical performance will live up to the MTF charts.

Finally, the build quality and size/weight/visuals are a whole another grade above Fujifilm. You pay for that by 2X to 3X higher price, but you do get a much higher grade product.

Thank you for ordering your Hasselblad X2D 100C and new lenses through the links on this site.

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Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V, Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V

Hasselblad X2D: Stock Delayed Again, Due September 28/29

re: Announced: Hasselblad X2D-100C with 100 Megapixel Sensor, IBIS, Phase-Detect AF
re: Hasselblad X2D storage
re: Hasselblad X2D

I plan on a thorough review of the Hasselblad X2D 100C and at least the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V. Many thanks to B&H Photo for the loaner camera and lenses.

The Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V are here.

But B&H still did not receive the stock it expected of X2D, and so I have no X2D yet. The latest news is that it should arrive at B&H September 28 or 29 whereupon it can be overnighted to me.

In the meantime, I’ll be doing some field work with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II, while visiting family in Colorado.

Thank you for ordering your Hasselblad X2D 100C and new lenses through the links on this site.

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Howard C writes:

Comparing a Hasselblad X2D or a Fuji GFX 100S with a Sony A1 based upon how useful the camera system is for grab shots of family on a hiking trail is, to me, pointless. That is just the last reason why anyone should buy a 100MP medium format camera system. If someone is looking to buy a do it all camera system that has state of the art eye AF, 30fps and every conceivable option/feature that require a 500 page manual to set up, they should look elsewhere. Sony, Canon and Nikon fill that bill very nicely. Let’s see how the Sony A1 stacks up against the X2D as a tool for slow, deliberate landscape photography.

DIGLLOYD: I cannot argue with the "for me" part. But to fail to imagine or contemplate someone else’s needs as both legitimate and practical is not being helpful. I write for a lot of people with different needs. If some have one and only one need that’s fine, but others may have very similar needs to me.

First off, not everyone has $30K to burn on two full cameras systems, let alone carry them.

Second, the X2D is an outrageously appealing camera for grab shots, if it could do them—the size and weight, the compact lenses, etc. Why in hell should I not find that desirable?

If I am hiking with my daughter, I am doing both tasks, and do not or cannot to carry two systems. This is especially true for a Mt Whitney type situation where weight and bulk utterly preclude more than one system. Moreoever, even if I am hiking along, there are often grab-shot opportunities.

Of course how a Sony A1 compares to a Hasselelbad X2D is an interesting question that I’ve answered vs the Fujifilm GFX100S, but to argue that it is the only use case is absurd.

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Hasselblad X2D: Does its 2-Second Startup Time Preclude it for Your Usage Scenarios?

re: Hasselblad X2D

I plan on a thorough review of the Hasselblad X2D 100C and at least the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V. Many thanks to B&H Photo for the loaner camera and lenses. B&H did not receive the stock it expected, and so I have no X2D yet as of Sept 18. The X2D is my highest priority, but I have to have one first in order to review it.

You are hiking up a trail with your a friend/companion/wife/child/etc, you turn backwards and the perfect shot with them is shaping up to happen in just a moment*.

* Like “Street shooting”, spontaneous fleeting images at unpredictable times.

You flick the switch (Sony A1 or siblings) and instantly snap the picture with its lightning-fast autofocus. Wait—it’s a Fujifilm GFX100S and while it is ready barely in time, the autofocus doesn’t settle down in time and the image is lost this time. Maybe next time? Most of the time the GFX100S is (just barely) fast enough.

But maybe it’s the Hasselblad X2D. With its 2-second startup time, a 4X or so improvement over the X1D, the image is frequently gone by the time it is ready. Worse, you have to press and hold the button a moment instead of just flicking a switch. By the time the camera boots up, the image is gone—a lot of the time. Almost every time in my experience with the X1D. Is the X2D fast enough to satisfy such scenarios, repeated 50 times on a long hike? Likely not, based on my experience.

The foregoing might be the #1 reason to bypass the Hasselblad X2D vs other cameras. Take that very seriously. A “dumb blonde” (pick your gender) camera that makes you miss shots matters more than anything else.

Compare that to landscape shooting, or situations where you can just leave the camera on all the time—then it’s no issue. But out in the field, I cannot burn-up batteries leaving the camera on all the time, or even for 5 minutes at a time, at least not very often.

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re: Announced: Hasselblad X2D-100C with 100 Megapixel Sensor, IBIS, Phase-Detect AF
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re: Hasselblad X2D

I plan on a thorough review of the Hasselblad X2D 100C and at least the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V. Many thanks to B&H Photo for the loaner camera and lenses.

UPDATE: see latest update.

B&H did not receive the stock it expected, and so I have no X2D yet. I will wait until Tuesday Sept 20, and if still no X2D, then I have to replan it for late October and will do something else in the meantime on my trip. But the X2D is the priority.

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Leica Upgrades Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH Physical Design

Leica has announced an updated version of the geriatric Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH. Available sometime shortly before you die, as with other M lenses.

There is no new nomenclature for it (“2022 version” is what B&H Photo uses). I’ll have to make something up in order to distinguish it.

The new lens has substantially improved physical design . All nice improvements, but with the same crude haptics for focusing (the tiny tab on the bottom, which offers very poor control for fine focus and the whole thing stinks with gloves on).

  • 11-blade lens diaphragm
  • Twice the focus throw along with much closer close-focusing distance.
  • Built-in lens hood.
  • Extra inanity in the marketing twaddle such as “visibly improved bokeh”, not to be confused with scratch-n-sniff bokeh, or punk-rock bokeh. Inane marketing boilerplate by professionals ought to have a uselessness prize.

The new lens sports an all-new* identical optical design with visibly* the same identical MTF . Same mediocre performer as its predecessors, requiring f/8 for a sorta sharp image across the frame, and a joyride of wild field curvature for that classic soft-areas look which proves you are a real photographer.

Curiously, the new version is $600 cheaper than the prior version. Is it made in Portugal instead of Germany? (Leica had done so with other lenses).

About $5395 Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH (2022 Version)...

The Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon at half the price has far superior sharpness with far superior bokeh and far superior haptics for focusing as well as aperture control.

* I couldn’t resist.

Roy P writes:

Not only is the Zeiss is better, it is such a pleasure to use, and the quality is so excellent. The haptics are so much better than any of these Leica M lenses.

I’ve had mine since early 2015, which is when it came out, if I remember correctly. It still looks, feels and acts like it was brand new. The aperture ring is as crispy as it was when new. Contrast that to the aperture ring on a Leica M lens that goes from digital to analog with use. The focus ring on my Zeiss feels as silky smooth and controlled with just the right amount of dampening as it felt the day it arrived. Contrast that with a Leica M lens with its initially stiff focus ring that can only be moved with a jerk, but eventually starts turning by itself by the earth’s gravitational pull on the idiot tab. OK, I’m exaggerating a little, but you know what I mean.

I don’t HAVE to flaunt a Leica lens. Remember in the ‘60s and ‘70s people used to have license plate holders on their VW Beatles that said “My other car is a Mercedes!”? Maybe I should get a strap for my Leica M camera that says “My other camera is a Phase One!”, and in my case, it would even be true!

DIGLLOYD: spot on.


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Hasselblad X2D to Support Focus Bracketing

Hasselblad X2D 100C

re: Announced: Hasselblad X2D-100C with 100 Megapixel Sensor, IBIS, Phase-Detect AF
re: Hasselblad X2D

I plan on a thorough review of the Hasselblad X2D 100C and at least the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V. Many thanks to B&H Photo for the loaner camera and lenses.

I contacted Hasselblad PR today, and got this response:

Focus bracketing will be available in a future firmware update.

That’s great news for Hasselblad owners, assuming it is indeed suitable for focus stacking as with the Fujifilm GFX100S.

No word on when the update will be available, perhaps too late for my work on my upcoming trip with the X2D.

Now if only Hasselblad can be persuaded to implement frame averaging and 4-shot Sony-style pixel shift, then we’d have a compelling camera for landscape.

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re: Announced: Hasselblad X2D-100C with 100 Megapixel Sensor, IBIS, Phase-Detect AF
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I plan on a thorough review of the Hasselblad X2D 100C and at least the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V. T

Many thanks to B&H Photo for the loaner camera and lenses!

Assuming all goes as expected, tomorrow B&H will ship the stock it receives. My expectation is that I will have the camera and lenses on Friday Sept 16. UPDATE Sept 16: B&H did not receive the shipment that was expected. Waiting to see what Monday/Tuesday brings.

As part of the golden age of photography, we now have two compact 100-megapixel cameras. Well, maybe part of the “golden” is the expense in this case, but just think about that for a moment vs 10 years ago. Or 20, when I was shoving in 4X5 sheet film that cost me $5/shot.

Disappointments with X2D

UPDATE: I contacted Hasselblad PR and got this response:

Focus bracketing will be available in a future firmware update.

I’m hugely disappointed that the X2D has no focus stacking support (aka FOCUS BKT with Fujifilm). This is a HUGE disadvantage for the Hasselblad X2D for any landscape photographer. Maybe a dead-on-arrival disadvantage, if you take sharpness seriously. It is simply not viable to make 10-20 frame focus stacks using manual focus; way too error-prone and far too slow.

Comparing cameras

With regard to comparing cameras, ideal comparisons would be matching focals from both brands: 30mm, 35-70mm (zoom against zoom), 45mm, 65/63mm, 120mm.

But those focal lengths were not priorities for loaners given the 3 new XCD lenses that I felt needed coverage first. All of this stuff is so pricey that even my generous loaner budget at B&H is bursting at the seams.

I already proved that the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/3.5-5.6 is hard to distinguish from the Fujifilm GF 50/3.5 and Fujifilm GF 45/2.8. So at least I can compare the XCD 38mm and XCD 55mm to the GFX100S with its 35-70mm zoom. I think that’s fine, given the results I’ve shown; there won’t be significant differences on the Fujifilm side even with the prime lenses.

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