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Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Usability: Lack of Magnified Live View Focusing Wrecks Efficient Field Work

Hasselblad X1D II firmware v 1.2.0. Lens firmware 0.5.40.

The one thing I have found over a dozen years while reviewing nearly every significant pro and semi-pro camera ever produced in that time is this: nailing focus is the #1 most important thing to image sharpness.

Thus how wonderful that several cameras now have such accurate autofocus that I can generally rely on it, whereas for most of digital camera history that was not the case. Indeed, I have a difficult time bettering the autofocus on the 60MP Sony A7R IV in 100% magnified Live View, so much so that half the time the camera does better no matter how careful I am.

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