Hasselblad Launches open System h5X
Compared to the hoopla that surrounded the launch of the controversial Lunar system at Photokina 2012, Hasselblad had a much quieter show this year. And with the chief architect of the tie-up with Sony (which has so far yielded Lunar, Stellar and HV) now departed, there’s a noticeable return to the marque’s traditional products. This started with the CFV-50c CMOS-based digital back for the classic V System camera bodies (i.e. 500 and 2000 series) and continues with the H5X which allows for either film magazines or digital capture backs to be fitted… and this includes the backs from other manufacturers.
Apparently there was an H4X, but we’re not sure anybody actually knew about it while the H5X incorporates all the latest-generation upgrades introduced in the H5D series, including the improved ‘TrueFocus’ functionality, revised operability (including up to eight storable set-up profiles) and programmable buttons. Of course, the H5X is also compatible with Hasselblad’s current line-up of HCD and HC series lenses and can be fitted with either the HV90X or HVD90X prism-type viewfinders. The film magazines accept either 120 or 220 rollfilm – here we are talking about film again in the space of two news stories – and are compatible with Fujifilm’s bar-coding system for automatic ISO setting. For more information visit www.hasselblad.com.au
Hasselblad H5X brings full compatibility with the HC and HCD lenses for anybody who wants to use a non-Blad capture
back or even shoot rollfilm.