Hasselblad will expand its medium format lens offerings with three new XCD additions, bringing the total in the line-up to nine models, covering a range of focal lengths.
The latest additions to the XCD lens line-up. (Source: Hasselblad.)
The XCD 1,9/80 represents a major milestone boasting the widest maximum aperture to date for the series at f/1.9. It will offer photographers an extremely shallow depth of field and greater light-gathering ability. The new lens covers a 35mm equivalent focal length of roughly 63mm and boasts a twin AF motor drive that provides quick autofocus performance, while offering a precise manual focusing. Hasselblad claims ‘superior optical surface precision’ will deliver superior bokeh and attractive out-of-focus highlights. The new lens will be especially suitable for portrait, nature and product photography.
The XCD 2,8/65 is the ideal standard lens for an X System photographer’s kit, covering a 35mm equivalent focal length of 50mm that emulates the ‘normal’ human field of view. Thanks to its f/2.8 maximum aperture and 0.5 m minimum focus distance, the XCD 65mm is a solid all-round lens and a versatile option for street, travel and general photography.
Growing the telephoto range, the XCD 2,8/135 and X Converter 1,7 expand the reach of Hasselblad’s X1D-50c. Available as both a paired kit or as a stand-alone lens, the XCD 135mm and dedicated teleconverter have been designed as a cohesive unit to ensure no decrease in image quality when the teleconverter is used. Without the teleconverter, the XCD 135mm has an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/32 and a field of view similar to 105mm lenses on full frame cameras and features a minimum focus distance of 1 m. With the X Converter 1,7, the lens’ focal length grows to 230mm (178mm full frame equivalent) with a f/4.8 maximum aperture and minimum focus distance of 1.05 m. The telephoto focal length is ideal for portrait, outdoor, and landscape photographers looking to document details and subjects with stunning image quality.
Like the other XCD lenses, the XCD 80mm, XCD 65mm and XCD 135mm feature an integral central shutter, offering exposure times from 60 minutes to 1/2000s with full flash synchronisation through the entire range. All three lenses are available now for pre-ordering and will begin shipping in December 2018. Contact local distributor, C.R. Kennedy for full details.