#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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#846. The Voigtländer 40mm f:1.2 for Sony: the un-Otus.

#846. The Voigtländer 40mm f:1.2 for Sony: the un-Otus.

Lenses of similar specs on paper can turn out to have very different renderings in the flesh. Here’s the Voïgtlander 1.2/40mm, the un-Otus.

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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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#783. Reviewing the Zeiss Loxia 25

#783. Reviewing the Zeiss Loxia 25

I must be getting rusty. As the time comes to write a review of the Zeiss Loxia 25 that co-author Philippe so kindly lent me for a 2-week trip to Japan, words fail me. The thing is, there isn’t a lot to say about this lens, if you stick to

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#758. The Standard British Handful; Fuji’s 16-55 zoom

#758. The Standard British Handful; Fuji’s 16-55 zoom

  I thought I’d done with zoom lenses some years ago, when the Sony NEX showed me just how many quality images I could shoot with manual prime lenses and a little more personal application. I’m convinced that this simple symbiosis had a radical impact on my photography and so,

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#743. The X-H1. Has Fuji hit the target?  Three opinions.

#743. The X-H1. Has Fuji hit the target? Three opinions.

Kaiman Wong (Kai W) calls it a beast. An acknowledged street photographer true, but jizzing around in the rain outside a new(ish) building at 1 New Change in the City of London is hardly a decent test.   There are now three X-H1s in the hands of our contributors and

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