Has­sel­blad Launches open Sys­tem h5X

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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.

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