Trying out the Hasselblad H6D

 

Mark

A few weeks ago our Hasselblad rep came into Roberts and gave me the opportunity to take a few shots with an H6D. I had a few minutes, so I asked a friend to model, and away we went!

The 100 megapixel back isn’t available yet, so these images are only 50 megapixels. (That’s enough, right?)

The experience of shooting with a super high end camera was pretty great. I have used Hasselblad medium format cameras before, but never for more than a few minutes at a time, and only for random shots around a camera store, nothing planned.

I knew that I wanted to blog about the experience, so this time I did some planning. I grabbed a Leica rangefinder and lens from UsedPhotoPro and a buttery soft Ona bag.

The H6D offers some really great upgrades and new features, and I like the new golden shutter button!

The biggest change I found on the H6D is the LCD on the digital back. It is MUCH nicer quality, and has many more options than previous Hasselblad models. The camera now has an LCD touch screen, and I found it to be high quality and responsive. It was also great to use live view to compose images; however, I didn’t use it for these shots as I was shooting handheld, and that would have been incredibly difficult to nail the focus.

Speaking of focus, even though I have used Hasselblad cameras before, I have never found the focusing system to be as easy to use as my Canon 5D Mark II. Hasselblad has a system called True Focus, which basically allows you to lock your focus, and then the camera tracks any changes/movements, and adjusts the focus before you take the picture! Pretty awesome, right?

True Focus does work pretty well, but I found that more of my photos were out of focus than typically would be with my Canon. Granted, I have used my Canon gear for years, and it is like an extension of my hand, so it could just be that I am not used to Hasselblad.

Even with these issues, the Hasselblad H6D was a pleasure to shoot, and we had fun taking it for a spin. I am happy with how these images turned out, and the detail capture by the large sensor of the camera is phenomenal! That is the point of medium format, isn’t it?

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THIS JUST IN: Hasselblad has just announced the world’s first digital mirrorless medium format camera, the X1D!

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