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Hasselblad H4D-50 with 80mm lens

Examples with HCD 28mm f/4 (Yosemite)

The images that follow were made over the course of a few days in Yosemite on a photo tour in autumn of 2010. The lighting was not particularly appealing, but the medium format quality comes through.

The HCD 28/4 is an ultra wide angle lens, perhaps the widest available for a medium format DSLR, and so it should be given some leeway due to the design challenges to be found with such a lens.

RAW file processing

Examples were reprocessed in early 2017 for sizes up to 25 megapixels (5760 X 4320, 4320 being the maximum height that can fit on an 8K display). Crops were not redone. I was much happier with the results using Adobe Camera Raw in early 2017 than the results I originally obtained; the sharpness in particular was much improved.

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Lens misalignment: the 28/4 was swung place focus rearward at left, and forward at right

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