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REVIEWED (started): Hasselblad H6D-100C

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My review of the Hasselblad H6D-100C has started.

The first thing I noted was the inadequate depth of field at f/11 with the Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II. This challenge is inherent to the format size and resolution as f/11 on the 53.4 X 40.0mm sensor is equivalent to less than f/8 on 35mm full frame, though there appears to be more to it than just that. I discuss how to deal with the depth of field issue, since diffraction at f/16 results in unacceptable loss of image quality (overall contrast and micro contrast and sharpness), and f/16 is inadequate anyway:

Hasselblad H6D-100C: Conundrum: Depth of Field vs Diffraction

I’ve begun posting examples from the Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II. The total image detail is astonishing, provided that excellent shot discipline is used along with focus stacking. It is slow going since focus stacking takes a lot of time for some images:

Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II Examples: Saddlebag Lake Area

Includes images up to full 100-megapixel camera resolution. Viewing on the Apple iMac 5K strongly recommended for maximum enjoyment.

In terms of image quality, I deem f/3.5 useful only for focusing:

Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II Aperture Series: Moots Mooto X YBB at Icy Lake

Below, if you like ice skating, conditions are outstanding at 10500 feet on up (I forget my skates, but a fellow hiker brought his).

Shark in Green Ice
f11 @ 1/20 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-15 13:25:31
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm) + polarizer Zeiss
ENV: Conness Lake 3, altitude 10300 ft / 3139 m, 50°F / 10°C
RAW: diffraction mitigating sharpening
ice about 3 inches thick

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Big Rainbow Trout and 4 Brook Trout in Spawning Colors
f9 @ 1/250 sec handheld, ISO 400; 2018-11-14 15:01:17
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm)
ENV: Saddlebag Lake, altitude 10060 ft / 3066 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: diffraction mitigating sharpening
brookies all males still with milt on Nov 14

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White-Tailed Ptarmigan
f11 @ 1/200 sec handheld, ISO 800; 2018-11-15 16:13:45
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm)
ENV: Conness Lakes, altitude 10400 ft / 3170 m, 35°F / 1°C

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Icicle Curtain
f11 @ 1/25 sec focus stack 5 frames, ISO 64; 2018-11-15 14:15:09
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm) + polarizer Zeiss
ENV: Just below Conness Lake 2, altitude 10500 ft / 3200 m, 50°F / 10°C
RAW: diffraction mitigating sharpening

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My insulation in my Sprinter van is working well: it got down to 19°F last night, but no colder than 35°F inside, which is perfect for sleeping. T

Early Night at 10,000 Feet
f11 @ 813.0 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-15 18:00:29
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm)
ENV: Saddlebag Lake pullout, altitude 9990 ft / 3045 m, 45°F / 7°C
RAW: diffraction mitigating sharpening

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I forgot my speed skates, but the ice skating conditions are outstanding right now.

Lloyd near Conness Lake #2
f11 @ 1/15 sec, ISO 400; 2018-11-15 15:35:20
Hasselblad H6D-100C + Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II @ 33mm equiv (50mm)
ENV: Conness Lake 2, altitude 10500 ft / 3200 m, 45°F / 7°C

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