Hasselblad and Fuji were once partners. So maybe the Kami and Thor’s brethen may one day forgive the ignorance of my ways.
Hasselblad’s just released 907x 100c appears to be everything the influencers claim, and more. Built to humble Credor, designed to humble Brad & George, and with the image quality to humble … well … almost anything anything this side of Arri.
Its modular build even allows you to keep your 50Mp back as a tiny backup if needed. One that shoots gorgeous video, too …
But there’s one terrible mistake that I must take upon myself to correct: using at the rear end of a film 6×6 Hassy 500 series camera. Nope, sorry 😆
It’s not that the 44×33 framelines aren’t there in the 500’s viewfinder, they can be added. It’s not even the fact that, due to its tone curve, Hasselblad is more and more making the lust for film a thing of the past!
No, none of that.
The reality is that, as good as the 500 lineup is, and if you have one to use with your 907x, I’m doubly envious 😉 , it is a missed opportunity.
Instead, let me introduce the other half of the equation that I will likely also offend: the Fuji GX 680.
My thinking is that using the 907x on a film body will often be a tripod-mounted affair. Yes, the Hasselblad 500 series can easily be handheld, but doing so with the 907x simply reduces its value to that of a lens adaptor, which already exists and is far more convient with a back that doesn’t fit the original format, off a tripod.
If you’re gonna rest your contraption on carbon legs, why not get most of the benefits of a view camera?
The GX 680 is a clumsy beast to wield out in the open. But, on a tripod and with a back of the Hasselblad’s stature, I think it would give even 8×10 shooters matters to think about. The 680’s shift abilities, along with automated stitching in PP, make using up the whole coverage of the gorgeous lenses a breeze (though your computer might need its own private nuclear power station). And then there’s tilting, macro, multiple exposure …
For an introduction to this super interesting camera, check out Kyle McDougall’s video about it.
Film is a thing of the past for me, but this contraption, on static subjects, would definitely rank very high in the list of my photographic dreams. Once again, thank you Hassy for the extraordinary work. Of course, there may be no adapter to make that happen, but who’s interested in pesky real-life problems? A boy can dream 😉
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