See my Hasselblad X1D wish list.
This series assesses overall technical image quality as well as focus shift as observed in the Pomegranates on Picnic Table. Comments on focusing accuracy and control of secondary color are included as well as dynamic range.
Includes image sizes up to 36 megapixels along with large crops, from f/3.5 through f/12.
The X1D shooter should take care to understand the focus shift behavior as discussed here. This series and the Pomegranates series now help me understand the semi-failure to get the sharpness I expected in various other shots.
Bart H writes:
Thanks for the excellent Hasselblad X1D articles so far. From reading the manual, I has already assumed some complaints about operational issues and in general had suspected issues with auto-focus. The focus shift seen in the XCD lenses would be a serious matter to me as it always is.
I credit you for bringing the whole focus shift phenomenon to my attention through your articles in the past, at that point perfectly explaining the puzzling experiences I was having. In my opinion, one of the strong points of your lens reviews is the inclusion of examination of focus shift, not many other (if any) reviewers do that, and many people do not even know what it is or bother at all.
That said, I found it strange that your review of the Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED did not include anything on focus shift. May I ask if you experienced focus shift with this lens during your testing or did you simply not test for this?
Thanks in advance and I am already looking out to the next X1D articles and GFX when it arrives!
DIGLLOYD: there is a lot of wishful thinking when it comes to focus shift, but given the high performance of so many lenses today, I consider the ability to obtain spot-on focus a top priority when choosing and using a system. Focus means both autofocus and focus shift (if any).
As for the Nikon 105/1.4, I did not document focus shift because I observed none when shooting all of the closeups up on this page—the 105/1.4E ED is a very impressive lens which I would rate just slightly shy of Otus grade. I am thinking that I should formally document focus shift with all lenses going forward.
Non-stop storms have made outdoor work difficult. I do plan on field shooting the X1D over the course of several weeks. Right now, I am nailing down all the particulars I can with everyday ordinary subjects and not so nice lighting, but I sure would like to see a supermajor wildflower bloom or get into the mountains—early March may offer some opportunities if B&H allows me to keep the loaner long enough. I also plan on covering the Hasselblad XCD 30mm f/3.5.