Shooting vintage glass on Hasselblad X cameras

For some years I have owned a Hasselblad X1D mark ii, and has recently bought the new X2D 100 mpx camera. I have a few Hasselblad lenses, the 45mm f4p and the 90mm f3.2, but I often shoot with vintage glass.

But why? That question is often asked by viewers of my youtube channel,, and the answer is pretty simple. I don’t shoot Hasselblad primarily for the ultra high resolution and insane sharpness, although I do once in a while go for exactly this. What I search in my images is to a higher degree a specific vintage look, and the Hasselblad camera conveys this look very nicely. Actually, I find that the look of a certain vintage lens is accentuated by the high quality of the Hasselblad cameras.

I can’t explain the reason for these results, but I just find that the images from the Hasselblad using vintage glass are very pleasing, much more so than when I used the same lenses adapted to my Fujifilm X cameras.

The addition of the new Hasselblad X2D wasn’t primarily for the 102 mpx resolution. What was much more important was the IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation), that enables me to shoot at 6-7 stops slower shutter times than would otherwise be possible. Furthermore, the lower noise levels compared to the X1D mark ii, make it possible to photograph in situations, where I wouldn’t be able to shoot with the old model and any of the other cameras, that I own.

In this gallery I’ll show images from recent sessions with vintage lenses.

Helios 44-2 lens shot on a Hasselblad X1D mark ii camera

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