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Hasselblad X2D Ships, plus Comparing to Fujifilm GFX100S

Hasselblad X2D 100C

re: Announced: Hasselblad X2D-100C with 100 Megapixel Sensor, IBIS, Phase-Detect AF
re: Hasselblad X2D storage
re: Hasselblad X2D

I plan on a thorough review of the Hasselblad X2D 100C and at least the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 V. T

Many thanks to B&H Photo for the loaner camera and lenses!

Assuming all goes as expected, tomorrow B&H will ship the stock it receives. My expectation is that I will have the camera and lenses on Friday Sept 16. UPDATE Sept 16: B&H did not receive the shipment that was expected. Waiting to see what Monday/Tuesday brings.

As part of the golden age of photography, we now have two compact 100-megapixel cameras. Well, maybe part of the “golden” is the expense in this case, but just think about that for a moment vs 10 years ago. Or 20, when I was shoving in 4X5 sheet film that cost me $5/shot.

Disappointments with X2D

UPDATE: I contacted Hasselblad PR and got this response:

Focus bracketing will be available in a future firmware update.

I’m hugely disappointed that the X2D has no focus stacking support (aka FOCUS BKT with Fujifilm). This is a HUGE disadvantage for the Hasselblad X2D for any landscape photographer. Maybe a dead-on-arrival disadvantage, if you take sharpness seriously. It is simply not viable to make 10-20 frame focus stacks using manual focus; way too error-prone and far too slow.

Comparing cameras

With regard to comparing cameras, ideal comparisons would be matching focals from both brands: 30mm, 35-70mm (zoom against zoom), 45mm, 65/63mm, 120mm.

But those focal lengths were not priorities for loaners given the 3 new XCD lenses that I felt needed coverage first. All of this stuff is so pricey that even my generous loaner budget at B&H is bursting at the seams.

I already proved that the Fujifilm GF 35-70mm f/3.5-5.6 is hard to distinguish from the Fujifilm GF 50/3.5 and Fujifilm GF 45/2.8. So at least I can compare the XCD 38mm and XCD 55mm to the GFX100S with its 35-70mm zoom. I think that’s fine, given the results I’ve shown; there won’t be significant differences on the Fujifilm side even with the prime lenses.

Thank you for ordering your Hasselblad X2D 100C and new lenses through the links on this site.

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