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Hasselblad Introduces the Hasselblad XCD 25mm f/2.5 V, “a Wide Angle Lens for Night Photography”

Hasselblad XCD 25mm f/2.5 V

re: Hasselblad MTF Charts: Calculated, Not Measured, No Accounting for Distortion Correction

Hasselblad discontinued the superb Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 for unstated reasons. The new 25/2.5 V is apparently its substitute, but not nearly as wide.

About $3600 Hasselblad XCD 25mm f/2.5 V...

CLICK TO VIEW: Hasselblad XCD System

While lovely overall, the Hasselblad XCD 38mm f/2.5 V and Hasselblad XCD 55mm f/2.5 both have very troubling practical usability issues that can rob scenes of sharpness without special efforts being made. As documented in my review pages for both.

Will the new 25mm f/2.5 V avoid focus shift issues? Doubtful.

Will the new 25mm f/2.5 V offer minimal field curvature? It had better, if it is for night photography. The MTF charts suggests a quite strong field curvature.

The MTF charts suggests that optical performance is already nearly optimal wide open at f/2.5 but that field curvature is the main degrader of sharpness (at the same distance).

When using Phocus, you may lose noticeable sharpness and micro contrast due to distortion correction of the warpage of ~2.5% distortion. For that reason, I’d not want to use Phocus for landscape photography—and it’s an absurdity to have no choice at all: “When images are imported to Phocus, distortion is automatically removed”.

Hasselblad Introduces the Hasselblad XCD 25mm f/2.5 V, a Wide Angle Lens for Night Photography


The XCD 2,5/25V is the widest-angle lens in the Hasselblad XCD Versatile (V) series lenses. It has a 20mm full-frame equivalent focal length and a maximum aperture of f/2,5. With its expansive view and large aperture, the XCD 2,5/25V was designed for turning nocturnal cityscapes, starry skies, and indoor portraits into extraordinary captures.

Its wide-angle focal length encompasses a wealth of scenic elements, providing photographers with ample space and composition. The f/2,5 large aperture, coupled with its excellent optical performance, ensures rich highlights and shadows are captured within every frame, even at dusk or after dark.

The XCD 2,5/25V features an optical structure of thirteen elements in ten groups, including four aspherical elements and three ED elements, meeting the high-resolution requirements of 100-megapixel sensors. This ensures images are sharp and crisp from the centre to the edges while effectively suppressing chromatic dispersion. The optical quality of the lens is also showcased by its robust close-up capabilities. With a 25cm minimum focusing distance and 1:5:8 magnification, its large aperture accentuates close ups, enhancing the expressiveness of subjects like gourmet dishes and flowers.

As part of the Hasselblad XCD V lens series, the design of the XCD 2,5/25V is known for integrating user-friendly functionality with elegance, in both its aesthetics and control. Enhancing the elegance is an engraved “V" insignia on the lens, with the "H" logo engraved on both the focus and control rings.

With a gentle push- pull of the focus ring, photographers can quickly switch between AF and MF modes. ‌In MF mode, intuitive scale marks on the lens keep focus distance and depth of field at a clear glance, enabling precise focus control. Functions such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and exposure compensation can be customised on the control ring, serving as an extension of the camera, allowing users to capture the perfect moment with ease.

The XCD 2,5/25V is equipped with a linear stepping motor and a smaller, lighter focusing lens group, providing a quick and responsive focusing experience when paired with Hasselblad X or V system cameras that support PDAF.

The lens adopts a large-diameter leaf shutter module with a shutter speed of up to 1/4000s. This enables both global shutter and flash synchronisation at all speeds. The XCD 2,5/25V lens is priced at $3,699 USD / 4,199 EUR and is available to purchase online and at selected retail stores worldwide. For more information about the XCD 2,5/25V, visit

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