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Hasselblad H6D-100C
Hasselblad HC 120mm f/4 II

Flare

This page demonstrates the severe veiling flare behavior of the Hasselblad HC 120mm f/4 II.

The lens hood must be used at all times and yet that is not enough—shade the lens from any bright light source, such as the sun, or even a very bright sky. The lens visibly falters with veiling haze and while it is an outstanding performer in general, its flare suppression is woefully inadequate.

Backlit aspen comparison — unshaded vs shaded

Identical exposure and processing for both the unshaded and shaded frames—that veiling flare can easily ruin images should be obvious. The lens hood was of course used, but it did not prevent the sun from shining directly onto the front element.

Toggle to compare the unshaded image to the one in which I used my hand to block the sun from hitting the front lens element. Shaded, performance is outstanding but unshaded the image is destroyed utterly.

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Variants Unshaded,Shaded available in full article
f11 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-16 14:33:45
Hasselblad H6D-100C + HC 120 II @ 79mm equiv (120mm)

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