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Hasselblad Launches First f/1.9 Lens for X1D | News & Opinion

Hasselblad’s X1D system is its first foray into affordable medium format photography—the $9,000 camera costs less than half of its most affordable medium format SLR.

The X1D has been on the market for a couple of years at this point, and Hasselblad has five native lenses on sale now, including the recently released XCD 4/21mm.

Today at Photokina it announced three new lenses, plus a teleconverter, all set for release in December. The headliner is the XCD 1,9/80mm, the brightest medium format lens available for any Hasselblad system. It serves as a slightly long standard angle, about 63mm of coverage in full-frame terms, and should be a popular lens for both general use and portraiture.

It’s a big lens, measuring 4.4 by 3.3 inches and weighing in at 2.3 pounds. Its front element supports 77mm filters. The minimum focus distance is 27.6 inches (0.7 meters), delivering a maximum 1:6.4 macro magnification.

Hasselblad X Cameras and Lenses

It’s joined by the wider XCD 2,8/65mm, and the telephoto XCD 2,8/135mm. The former matches a 50mm full-frame lens in angle of view and is smaller and lighter than the 80mm. It measures 3.7 by 3.2 inches, weighs 1.6 pounds, and supports 77mm filters. It focuses closer, to 19.7 inches (0.5 meters) for 1:5.4 reproduction at its closest working distance.

The XCD 2,8/135mm is bigger, as you’d expect with a telephoto lens. It comes in at 5.9 by 3.1 inches, weighs 2.1 pounds, and supports 77mm filters. It can focus as close as 39.4 inches (1 meter) for 1:5.8 reproduction. Its angle of view matches a 105mm in full-frame terms—its actual focal length is 133mm, shy of the advertised 135mm.

The 2,8/135mm is compatible with a new teleconverter, the X Converter 1,7, which extends its focal length to 230mm, but cuts the maximum aperture to f/4.8. The teleconverter weighs just under a pound and adds about 1.8 inches of length to the lens when mounted. It can focus nearly as close, to 41.3 inches (1.05 meters) for a decent 1:3.4 macro capability.

All three lenses feature an integral leaf shutter. It can stay open as long as 60 minutes and fire as quickly as 1/2,000-second, with flash sync at every shutter speed.

They are priced in line with the X1D system. The 80mm will sell for $4,845, the 65mm for $2,750, and the 135mm will be available on its own for $4,050 or bundled with the X Converter for $4,845.


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