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WITH FU­JI­FILM PLAN­NING to de­liver six GF mount lenses by year’s end for its mir­ror­less dig­i­tal medium for­mat sys­tem, Has­sel­blad has an­nounced plans to add a fur­ther four lenses to the three ex­ist­ing XCD series mod­els for the X1D. The cur­rent mod­els are a 45mm f3.5 wide-an­gle (equiv­a­lent to a 35mm in the 35mm for­mat), a 90mm f3.2 short tele­photo (equiv­a­lent to 70mm) and a 30mm f3.5 (equiv­a­lent to 24mm).

Due around mid-year is a 120mm f3.5 macro (equiv­a­lent to 90mm) to be fol­lowed by a 22mm ul­tra-wide (18mm), a 65mm stan­dard lens (50mm) and a 35-70mm zoom (28-60mm) which should prob­a­bly be a pri­or­ity given Fu­ji­film has kicked off with a zoom. Has­sel­blad says there will be seven XCD lenses avail­able “by the be­gin­ning of 2018”.

The 120mm f3.5 macro de­liv­ers a max­i­mum mag­ni­fi­ca­tion ra­tio of 1:2 (i.e. half life­size) via its min­i­mum fo­cus­ing dis­tance of 43 cen­time­tres and, like all the XCD lenses, in­cor­po­rates a leaf shut­ter with a fastest speed of 1/2000 sec­ond. Ob­vi­ously, this en­ables flash sync up to this speed as well. The ten-el­e­ment op­ti­cal de­sign in­cor­po­rates a float­ing in­ter­nal fo­cus group, and is de­signed to de­liver a flat image field.

Has­sel­blad prod­ucts are dis­trib­uted in Aus­tralia by C.R. Kennedy & Com­pany. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.has­sel­blad.com.au

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