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Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 Aperture Series: Wooden Boardwalk, Dusk (X2D)

This page presents evaluates the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 from f/2.5 to f/11, with a special attention to its pronounced central rearward focus shift, so strong as to guarantee inferior results if not compensated-for by the photographer. The XCD 38/2.5 is bitingly sharp, but if that sharpness lands in the wrong place then it’s not.

UPDATE Jan 2024: firmware 1.1.1 or later offers a stopped-down focusing feature.

This series is also an excellent demonstration of the limits of depth of field, even at 38mm and f/11. No focus stacking was feasible.

Also examined is the Hasselblad X2D image quality with long exposures, ranging from 18 seconds at f/2.5 to 144 seconds at f/11. The Hasselblad X2D lacks an in-camera long exposure noise reduction (black frame) feature. How does it do?

Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 Aperture Series: Wooden Boardwalk, Dusk

Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/2.5 to f/11, plus crops.

Many thanks to B&H Photo for loaning the X2D and lenses. Please use links on this site to buy.

CLICK TO VIEW: Hasselblad X2D 100C and Lenses

CLICK TO VIEW: CFExpress Type B camera cards

Wooden Boardwalk, Dusk
f11 @ 144.0 sec electronic shutter, ISO 64; 2022-10-20 18:42:44
Hasselblad X2D 100C + Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V @ 31.3mm equiv (38mm)
ENV: Colorado, altitude 8460 ft / 2579 m, 56°F / 13°C
RAW: LACA corrected, pull 0.3 stops, +30 Whites, +10 Clarity, diffraction mitigating sharpening

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