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Reader Comment: Hasselblad X1D Adapters

See my Hasselblad medium format wish list.

On my to-do list is to test the Hasselblad X1D with the latest firmware and with the 120mm macro.

Joseph C writes:

With the introduction of an electronic shutter feature in a firmware update (v1.17.2), adapter manufacturers lined up to make adapters for the X1D.

Cambo was first after-market manufacturer in the mix, with a Canon adapter that is electronic and allows the user to adjust aperture from the adapter with Canon lenses. This is especially interesting as it allows the use of Canon tilt-shift lenses. Shortly after Cambo’s announcement, both Kipon and Fotodiox started shipping adapters for a host of lens mounts, including Leica R. Most of the adapters are “dumb” adapters and have no electronic connection to the camera. The Cambo adapter can be ordered from B&H, the Kipon adapters from eBay, and the Fotodiox from the Fotodiox website.

Of course, the original adapter for the X1D is the about $350 Hasselblad X-H adapter for HC lenses. It is electronically coupled to the lens allowing aperture adjustment, EXIF, and actuation of the leaf shutter. With the latest firmware updates, AF has been added for a subset of the HC lenses.

The X1D firmware has been updated (v1.20.1) to a point where the camera is reliable, has few (if any) glitches, and has features most medium format photographers want and need. I’m still hoping for live histogram (EVF or rear LCD), the ability to use Auto ISO when in M mode, and Eye AF (a la Sony).

I’ve owned the X1D for just over a year and really enjoy it. In fact, I just sold my Sony A7R II and Sony lenses and have gone “all in” with the Hasselblad. It’s the most fun camera I’ve used in years.

DIGLLOYD: I agree that the X1D is a superb camera for some shooting styles. The 'glass' is first rate and every lens has been excellent—no “bad sample” problems in my own usage, as with the Fujifilm GFX*.

However, I remain put-off by the touch screen and lack of 4-way controller (for scrolling and similar) because this is a big time-waster for me because of presbyopia in low light—I need a loupe for the rear LCD but that precludes all touch controls for examining the image. It is for this reason that the Fujifilm GFX would be my choice for landscape shooting, even though it is not nearly so elegant in look and shape. Cost and lens line (no wide angle yet) remain issues that also make it a non-starter, although the XC 22mm f/4 should (partially) address the wide angle issue when it arrives late in 2018.

* Recently there seem to have been even more severe Fujifilm GF lens quality control problems, like crud between lens elements. That said, I have not seen enough samples to have a statistically-defensible view—LensRentals.com might be able to comment since they see so many samples. Still, the “coke bottle glass” sample of the Fujifilm GF 100mm f/2 fiasco and the off-kilter 32-64mm zoom raise serious concerns.


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