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This aperture series looks at the Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2 from f/3.2 through f/12 on the Hasselblad X1D.
When I shoot a Zeiss Otus of any focal length or the Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar or just about any other current Zeiss lens, I never have to worry about focus shift—the lens just nails it. I focus at f/1.4 for perfection in focus, and no matter which aperture I shoot at, the lens just does its thing, just as expected, no guesswork, no change in focus. This is 'huge' in terms of getting the job done. That is my expectation for any high end lens, one that is NOT met here with the Hasselblad XCD 90/3.2.
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