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Announced: Four New XCD Lenses for the Hasselblad X1D Over Next 12 Months

See my Hasselblad X1D wish list.

Hasselblad XCD 120mm f/3.5 macro

The Fujifilm GFX is due for first shipments in the USA today. Apparently Hasselblad wanted to celebrate the day by announcing four new lenses, for a total of seven lenses—quite impressive for a new system (Leica is still working on 2.5 lenses for the Leica SL, which is well into its 2nd year).

This brings the announced plans for Hasselblad to 4 primes and one macro prime and one zoom (7 lenses total), versus 3 primes and one macro prime and one zoom for Fujifilm (6 lenses total). Fujifilm has a 23mm coming, putting both systems squarely into ultra wide angle territory. What I’d love to see is the equivalent of the Canon 11-24mm f/4L.

XCD 120mm f/3.5    ~=  98.6mm f/2.9
XCD 90mm f/3.2     ~=  74mm f/2.9
XCD 65mm f/tbd     ~=  53.4mm f/tbd
XCD 45mm f/3.5     ~=  37mm f/2.9
XCD 35-75mm f/tbd  ~=  28.8 - 61.6mm f/tbd
XCD 30mm f/3.5     ~=  24.7mm f/2.9
XCD 22mm f/tbd     ~=  18mm f/tbd

See my review of the Hasselblad X1D, including Hasselblad X1D Format Equivalent Focal Length, Depth of Field.

I expect that the new Hasselblad XCD 120/3.5 should be an outstanding performer. “Flat frame image” presumably means no significant field curvature. The prose implies high performance at distance also, which is a huge plus for field work.

Hasselblad announces four new XCD lenses for the X1D

Combining Compact Format with the Highest Optical Quality

Following the hugely successful launch of the ground-breaking X1D in 2016, Hasselblad is delighted to introduce four new XCD lenses. The XCD 120mm Macro lens is the first to complement the existing XCD lens family, and will be available at the end of June 2017.

The exceptionally high performing 120mm f/3.5 lens brings together the compact format of the XCD range with the maximum optical quality across the frame with a flat image field. Providing a new versatility to the X1D user, the lens is suitable for both close-up work up to a 1:2 image scale, and also as a mid-range telephoto lens for portrait or other photography requiring a longer focal length. Auto or manual focusing goes from infinity to 1:2 without the need for extension tubes.

Like the other XCD lenses, XCD 120mm Macro lens has an integral central shutter offering a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronisation up to 1/2000th second.

Hasselblad Product Manager, Ove Bengtson commented: “The XCD 120mm Macro lens complements the existing XCD dedicated autofocus lenses which were developed to support optical quality and portability. This is the first addition to the X1D range of lenses in 2017 and we are excited to launch more lenses later in the year.”

Over the next 12 months, Hasselblad will also launch the XCD 35-75mm Zoom*, XCD 65mm*, and XCD 22mm Wide Angle* lenses. By the beginning of 2018, the X1D will have access to seven dedicated XCD lenses and all twelve HC/HCD lenses using the XH lens adapter.

* Detailed XCD specifications to be announced later this year. Specifications are subject to change.

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