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Hasselblad X1D-50C: Coming Soon (Update: Delayed)

See my Hasselblad X1D-50C wish list at B&H Photo.

If you order the X1D, please use my link so I get credit. B&H is loaning me the X1D, and so readers ordering through my links are important.

See also Hasselblad X1D-50C: Reader Comments and Hasselblad X1D-50C: 50-Megapixel Mirrorless Medium Format.

Update 15 September: B&H now shows expected availability of “end of September 2016”.

Update 30 September: this is really unacceptable for Hasselblad to shine people on: the expected date is now “beginning of November” according to B&H.

The Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Digital Camera is due to ship September 15. Accordingly, I expect to have the Hasselblad X1D-50C for review on Sept 16 if all goes according to plan.

My intent is to first do some fixed-condition evaluation first, at home, to work out an understanding of the performance envelope under controlled conditions: ISO series, general image quality, some core lens evaluations, etc. I will of course report on usability and bugs, and I will likely show how I process the files and what settings are best for sunlight and other conditions (as I’ve done for other cameras).

Then about a week later I will head to the mountains for some beautiful fall shooting. The autumn color should already be in progress since there was not much rain this year, stressing the aspen in particular.

A medium format 50-megapixel sensor is an exciting thing. I am also intrigued by what might be doable out in the field with its extreme high dynamic range sensor, high pixel quality, and focus stacking.

With Fujifilm rumored to be announcing a medium format camera next week that is likely to include the same sensor, the high-end mirrorless market looks to be heating up. One wonders if Sony might have to jump into the fray.

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