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Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Usability: Autofocus, Live View, Self-Timer, Haptics, etc

Hasselblad X1D II firmware v 1.2.0. Lens firmware 0.5.40.

This page discusses the numerous design and usability issues with the Hasselblad X1D II. In general, I deem it one of the worst designs on the market with bottom-of-the-barrel haptics and usability. Not to mention time-wasting anti-design and bugs that have cost me some of my best images of the day.

I state the foregoing as a demonstrable fact for photographic work ranging far beyond my own working habits, having used nearly every significant 35mm and medium format camera for the past dozen years. I cannot think of any usage scenario in which the X1D II would be faster or more efficient that the Fujifilm GFX100 or Sony A7R IV or Nikon Z7, etc. In every respect it lags far behind in getting the job done.

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