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Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2

MTF for Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2

MTF is shown below at f/3.5 and f/8 for both infinity focus and at 1:5 (0.8 meters).

sagittal slit orientation drawn with continuous line and tangential with dashed. White light. Spatial frequencies 10, 20 and 40 lp/mm.


Wide open at f/3.2, sharpness is outstanding is at very high levels across the field. Performance might bump up at f/4 and f/5.6, but Hasselblad does not provide those apertures. While outstandingly consistent across the field, peak MTF values fall well short of the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar.

At f/8, diffraction effects are reducing contrast of coarse, medium and fine structures. Aperture f/3.2 is thus superior to f/8 when one ignores its razor-thin depth of field. That’s what one hopes for in a high-grade lens—outstanding wide-open performance that f/8 cannot meaningfully improve upon.

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Calculated MTF including diffraction for Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2

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