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Arriving Tomorrow for Testing: Hasselblad XCD 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5

The new Hasselblad XCD 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 was IN STOCK (as I wrote this). PLEASE order Hasselblad gear through links on this site.

After initial work, I took a bit of a breather on my Hasselblad X1D II 50C system, admittedly it was frustrating to use, hanging a dozen times a day and I was never able make a picture taking 20 seconds or longer. With the new firmware just out that also includes focus stacking support, I will start over on seeing what issues are present.

Battery life of the Hasselblad X1D II 50C is poor, which complicates matters considerably, such as making efforts longer than an hour or so impossible without an extremely awkward external USB-C battery and cable, not to mention having to constantly power-off the camera to save power—if not done it was hanging frequently forcing power off anyway. And then it is not exactly quick to boot up.

Also, it frequently makes AF errors even in broad daylight, and it CANNOT focus in magnified Live View and idiotically pops out for focusing and focuses elsewhere than where zoomed in (the focusing point for unmagnified viewing)—this is BRAIN DEAD beyond belief and I reported this appalling design flaw 3 years ago. I will check if firmware 1.2.0 fixes this, but I did not see it mentioned.

These behaviors have a MAJOR impact on my ability to work efficiently, not to mention the circa 1999 Rube-Goldberg dual-dial requirement for scrolling (no 4-way controller)—a huge time-waster compared to any other camera on the market today and a flaw seen in the original yet uncorrected in the “II”. This awful design decision impacts all other buttons too, since they must stand in for the lack of a 4-way controller.

With the Hasselblad XCD 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 arriving today, I will be on it full bore this coming week now. Regrettably I will NOT have to the Hasselblad XCD 45mm f/4 P this go-round.

Many thanks to B&H Photo for making the XCD 35-75mm available on loan. I implore you to use my links to buy your Hasselblad gear and other gear, so that B&H Photo can continue to generously loan gear like this.

CLICK TO VIEW: Hasselblad X Medium Format

Hasselblad XCD 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5

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