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Hasselblad X1D Firmware Update Adds Electronic Shutter Option, Spot Focus Points

See my Hasselblad wish list. Currently there is a promotion for the Hasselblad X with some free extras.

I’ve had the Hasselblad X1D here for a a few days. It was enjoyable handling such a compact medium format camera again—darn nice stuff for a walk-around—so much more value than a Leica M (well worth it even if the lenses are larger), and so much more capable for general photography, and with far larger images with superior dynamic range.

The additional focus point selections are excellent, both the number (coverage/spacing), but also the new tiny focus spot which is very helpful for things like the iris of the eye.

The electronic shutter allows use of any lens which can be adapted (X lenses have a leaf shutter, so that precluded other lenses until now). Thus the range of lenses expands greatly. The electronic shutter is vibration free—a huge plus for some usage scenarios. However, with a 300ms readout time, it is not appropriate for motion, including that of the photographer—stable handheld technique is a must if not using a tripod.

Hasselblad X1D

Hasselblad X1D Firmware Update 1.17.2

Firmware release 1.17.2 for the Hasselblad X1D-50c adds two important features that extend the shooting envelope of the camera: resizable autofocus points, and an electronic shutter function.

By popular demand, three sizes may now be selected offering 35, 63 or 117 points by holding down the AF/MF button and pressing the display [] button to cycle through them. The focus point may be reset to center easily by pressing the X button.

The electronic shutter allows for shutter speeds up to 1/10,000s and is silent, allowing use of the X1D-50c under conditions that require absolute discretion or completely zero vibration. It allows the production of images with extremely high quality in situations that might have previously been challenging – both when silence is needed such as during live performances, or when working handheld in extremely low light conditions.

Hasselblad is continuing to perfect the auto focus feature which is currently under development with the new and now available XH lens adapter. By the end of 2017, the XH lens adapter will gradually start to support auto focus when using H Lenses with the X1D-50c.

It is our aim to support the needs of all photographers. Whilst we always endeavour to provide the best imaging solutions possible, we also believe creativity should not be limited and great results may come from the use of hardware outside our system. It is for this reason we will continually seek to grow compatibility – with both the electronic shutter and opening of our mount specification to third parties. User Guide version 1.6 for X1D contains further information for these new functions.

Please note that the electronic shutter has some limitations due to the nature of the current generation of medium format sensors: rolling shutter effects may be present during camera or subject motion; sensor read time is 300ms. Furthermore, under phased light sources (fluorescent, LED) some striping may occur at higher shutter speeds as these sources are not truly continuous.

Manual info

As per page 92 of the Hasselblad X1D User Guide.

Hasselblad X1D electronic shutter status

Electronic Shutter Select On or Off.

If this option is checked, the camera will disable the lens shutter and use an electronic shutter in the sensor instead. When electronic shutter is active, this is indicated with an E symbol in front of the shutter speed in Live View and on Control Screen.

Please note the following limitations with Electronic Shutter:
• The camera will use the Rolling Shutter available on the sensor which has a read-out time of approximately 300 ms. This will cause distortion of the image if the camera or subject is moving during the exposure. A tripod and a stationary subject is recommended.
• ISO will be limited to 3200.
• Full image quality is not guaranteed.
• Shutter speed range is 68 minutes to 1/10000 sec.
• Flash is disabled.
• Continuous drive is disabled.
• True Exposure is disabled.

Note! An active Electronic Shutter is indicated on the Control Screen and in Live View with an "E" next to the shutter speed.

Hasselblad X1D exposure configuration including electronic shutter option

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