#864. Hasselblad XCD 3.2/90 review. Better than the OTUS 85?

#864. Hasselblad XCD 3.2/90 review. Better than the OTUS 85?

A weird shift has happened during my evaluation of the 5 Hasselblad XCD lenses at my disposal. Having been mesmerized by Hans Strand’s first sample photos with the XCD 30, that lens was the one I requested for my initial review and the first one I wanted to go in

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#858. Hasselblad X1D does F1! And a new challenge.

#858. Hasselblad X1D does F1! And a new challenge.

They said that it could not be done, He said, “Just let me try.” They said, “Other men have tried and failed,” He answered, “But not I.” They said, “It is impossible,” He said, “There’s no such word.” He closed his mind, he closed his heart… To everything he heard.”

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#855. Hasselblad XCD 3.5/120 review – dealing in gentle absolutes!

#855. Hasselblad XCD 3.5/120 review – dealing in gentle absolutes!

Let me spoil you the end right away. This lens is ridiculously good, even by Hasselblad standards. While I will go into details further down this page, just know I couldn’t find fault with this extraordinary design. It’s not all good news, however. Ergonomics unfortunately lag far behind optics. At

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#850. 3 days in Paris with the Hasselblad XCD 4/21 (minimalist review).

#850. 3 days in Paris with the Hasselblad XCD 4/21 (minimalist review).

A 3 day review of the Hasselblad XCD 4/21 in Paris.

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#847. Hasselblad XCD 3.5/45mm review. The best all rounder ?

#847. Hasselblad XCD 3.5/45mm review. The best all rounder ?

The smallest lens in the Hasseblad XCD range may well be the most pleasant to use and the best optical all rounder.

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#844. Monday Post (15 April 2019) – 100Mp mirrorless cameras, at long last …

#844. Monday Post (15 April 2019) – 100Mp mirrorless cameras, at long last …

More pixels don’t mean better pixels. Rant – and counter rant – on.

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#840. Hasselblad XCD 3,5/30mm review

#840. Hasselblad XCD 3,5/30mm review

This lens is responsible for 70% of my photographs with the Hasselblad X1D, so it seems like a good starting point for a review of that camera’s now rapidly growing lens system. It isn’t an easy review to write.   The lens is technically excellent and a systematic review of

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#837. Caesar takes on Thor (Zeiss C-Sonnar 1.5/50 ZM on Hasselblad X1D)

#837. Caesar takes on Thor (Zeiss C-Sonnar 1.5/50 ZM on Hasselblad X1D)

Is a tiny retro lens on a modern digital modern format a waste of pixels or a copacetic match ? Zeiss and Hassy duke it out.

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#835. When Audrey met Mjölner (Zeiss Distagon 1.4/35 ZM on Hasselblad X1D)

#835. When Audrey met Mjölner (Zeiss Distagon 1.4/35 ZM on Hasselblad X1D)

They are named Novoflex, but should really call themselves the match makers. When cameras and lenses have Romeo and Juliet upbringings and their parents refuse to see them wed, Novoflex swoop in and make the romance happen. This post is the story of an unlikely and forbidden love between my

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#817 Monday Post (04 Feb. 2019) Are you Picasso, or Da Vinci?

#817 Monday Post (04 Feb. 2019) Are you Picasso, or Da Vinci?

These days I have been getting shots from Pascal, comparing the output from his “Bigger is Better” Hasselblad X1-D with the formidable Zeiss Otus 85mm to that from Hassy glass on the same camera body. Also comparing shots from Dallas’ Nikon bodies and 4 lenses to my Sony-with-just-one-lens on our

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