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Reader Questions on Hasselblad X1D II: Leaf Shutter Vibration vs Electronic Shutter

Chris L writes:

Thank you for your ongoing reviews of the Hasselblad X1D II system.

Your medium format coverage is the most thorough and helpful available anywhere today.

One other significant difference between the D1X and GFX systems is Hasselblad’s employment of leaf shutters. One comparative reviewer reported that the X1D lens leaf shutters caused vibration which impacted image quality relative to the GFX when shooting with its electronic shutter. Could you comment on any pros and cons of leaf shutters you’ve found for (non-strobe) landscape work?

Hasselblad X1D II

DIGLLOYD: the leaf shutter on the Hasselblad XCD lenses sees loud when all else is quiet and it definitely concerns me as a source of vibration. Accordingly it is on my to-do list as part of my review of the Hasselblad X1D II system

That said, the Hasselblad X1D II is perfectly capable of using an all-electronic shutter (ES shutter). As it has no focal plane shutter, there is no EFC shutter option.

The main issue in diagnosing sharpness losses from the leaf shutter is figuring out which conditions provoke the most vibration, so I’ll start with the Hasselblad XCD 135mm f/2.8 + TC1.7 and work from there.

Controlling shutter speed

The tricky part is getting a range of shutter speeds out in the field. To do that I will use a Breakthrough Photography X4 circular polarizer.

I also have a Breakthrough Photography ND polarizer that will allow me to get the shutter speeds down to a range (in sunlight) for testing in bright daylight. See Breakthrough Photography 6-stop ND Polarizer for Motion Blur in Broad Daylight + Reader Comments.

Breakthrough Photography magnetic X4 circular polarizer includes lens-cleaning cloth and ironclad guarantee

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