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Hasselblad H3DII-39, 39 Megapixel, SLR Digital Camera

B&H # HAH3D392 MFR # 70380530
Hasselblad H3DII-39 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 80mm Lens

Hasselblad H3DII-39 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 80mm Lens Front View Right-Side View Back View HC 80mm Lens View

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The Hasselblad H3DII-39 SLR Digital Camera has been developed around a unique digital camera engine producing increased lens performance and an unsurpassed level of image sharpness. By focusing solely on digital camera architecture, Hasselblad is able to offer photographers the full benefits of professional medium-format digital cameras as well as the ease of use of the best 35mm DSLRs. The H3DII design has also made possible the launch of a 28mm lens, designed and optimized solely for digital image capture.

The H3DII-39 delivers outstanding digital performance, taking full advantage of the virtues of medium format photography. The result is flexibility for the professional photographer, including the freedom to choose between eyelevel and waist-level viewfinders, digitally APO corrected lenses, and on-the-fly classification of images. Furthermore, the H3DII-39 offers the photographer the freedom to work with film to allow shooting under extreme conditions, and Hasselblad's Natural Color Solution delivers out-of-the-box image quality only achievable in a true digital camera system.

The H3DII is the 4th generation of the Hasselblad H-system, and provides improved controls and functionality, better sensor cooling, a more intuitive user interface, and a bright, 3" display. When combined with the latest Hasselblad's image processing software - Phocus by Hasselblad - H3DII will set a new standard for digital photographic quality. Featuring a range of new techniques and features, Phocus will provide the power and finesse needed to serve and support the latest Hasselblad camera developments and to enable groundbreaking levels of image quality - all in a modern and easy-to-use environment. Every aspect of Phocus has been developed and designed to reflect the way that photographers work and to help ensure that you can spend as much time as possible taking images - not processing them.

Large Format 36.7 x 49.0mm Digital Capture
Today's digital photography demands higher resolution, less noise, and improved compositional choice, The H3DII-39 image sensor provides 39 Megapixels and is more than twice the physical size of today's 35mm sensors. Consequently the sensor holds more and larger pixels, which ensures the highest possible image quality and moiré free color rendering without gradation break-ups - in even the most subtley lit surfaces.
Ultra-Focus and Digital APO Correction
Information about the lens and exact capture conditions is fed to the camera processor for ultra-fine-tuning of the auto-focus mechanism, taking into account the design specifications of the lens and the optical specifications of the sensor. In this way the full HC lens program is enhanced to perform at a new level of sharpness and resolution. Digital correction for color aberration and distortion is also added. Digital APO Correction (DA C), is an APO-chromatic correction of the images based on a combination of the various paramaters concerning each specific lens for each specific shot, ensuring that each image represents the best that your equipment can produce.
Three Modes of Digital Operation and Storage
Optimum portability and image storage are critical for the professional photographer. The Hasselblad H3DII offers a choice of storage devices: portable CF card storage, the flexible Firewire driven Hasselblad Imagebank or tethered operation with extended, special capture controls, and image capture directly to a computer hard drive. With these three operating and storage options, you are able to select a mode to suit the nature of the work in hand, whether in the studio or on location.
FlexColor Workflow for the Professional Photographer
FlexColor offers an image processing workflow with the highest degree of control for the studio photographer. In tethered operation, tools like overlay masking help bring productivity to advanced set composition. The latest FlexColor version allows the photographer to manipulate color temperature and compare image details across multiple images for precise image selection. FlexColor processes the raw 3FR files generated by the Hasselblad H3DII. FlexColor runs natively on both Macintosh and Windows computers and is licensed to allow you to provide free copies for all your co-workers and production partners.
Unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
Normally troublesome subjects such as skin tones, metals, fabrics, flowers, etc. are easily captured by using the powerful color profile - the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS). It works invisibly in the background in conjunction with the FlexColor imaging software, producing outstanding and reliable out-of-the-box results. In order to support this unique color system, Hasselblad has developed a custom Hasselblad RAW file format called 3F RAW (3FR). The file format also provides lossless image compression, which reduces the required storage space by 33%.
DNG workflow
3FR files can be converted into Adobe's raw image format DNG (Digital NeGative). In order to optimize the colors of the DNG file format, conversion from the 3FR must take place through FlexColor. The DNG file format enables RAW image files to be opened directly in Adobe Photoshop. Hasselblad image files carry a full set of metadata, including capture conditions, keywords and copyright, facilitating workflow with image asset management solutions.
Instant Approval Architecture (IAA)
Building on the success of its Audio Exposure Feedback technology, Hasselblad has created Instant Approval Architecture (IAA), an enhanced set of feedback tools, designed to liberate the photographer from the selection process and to concentrate on the shoot. Audible and visible signals as well as recorded information in the file and in the file name all promote a quick and easy classification in the field or in the lab. Sorting becomes automatic, accessible and very fast, facilitating reviewing the best images for immediate client presentation.
GPS Recording Flexibility
Hasselblad's Global Image Locator (GIL) is an accessory to any H-based Hasselblad digital capture product. Using the GIL device all images captured outside are tagged with GPS coordinates, time and altitute. This data is key to a number of future applications involving image archiving and retrieval. One example is the direct mapping of images within the coming Phocus software to Google Earth.
Modular Design for Flexibility and a Choice of Bright Viewfinders
One of the important traditional advantages of medium format is the extra large and bright viewfinder image. The H3DII-39 comes with the HVD90X viewfinder designed for full performance over the large 36.7 x 49.0mm sensor. It is interchangeable with the HV90X viewfinder and the HVM waist-level viewfinder. For increased usefulness, the digital capture unit of the H3DII-39 can also be detached and used on a view camera by way of an adapter. In this case the unit is controlled by the flash sync signal from the view camera shutter. A clean and dust-free sensor is essential and the modular design of the camera allows for easy access for cleaning, saving you hours of retouching work later.
Free Upgrade to Phocus by Hasselblad
Over the years, the image processing engine in Hasselblad's FlexColor software has evolved into a powerful raw converter. The upcoming release of Phocus by Hasselblad adds an entirely new processing engine - featuring a range of new techniques and features and the power to support the latest Hasselblad camera developments and to enable groundbreaking new levels of image quality. Every aspect of Phocus has been developed and designed to reflect the way that photographers work and to help ensure that you can spend as much time as possible taking images - not processing them. Some of the features of Phocus include:
  • Moiré Removal
    Even very high resolution images can exhibit moiré under certain circumstances. With Phocus, moiré is effectively removed without the need to make special mask selections or other manual procedures, and is performed directly on the raw data.
  • Expanded Metadata
    The metadata included in Phocus images follows the IPTC Core standard with XMP Plus, with added GPS data functions, Phocus links GPS data directly to Google Earth, making geographic reference a snap and image storage and retrieval much easier.
  • Hasselblad DSLR Camera Preparation
    Any photographer knows that the more prepared you are for a shoot, the more likely things are to go according to plan once in the field or on the shoot. Phocus is designed to make pre-planning easier than ever before, allowing you to pre-set camera parameters and folders and the like.
  • Enhanced Tethered Operation Control
    Phocus provides special extended controls of your Hasselblad camera, such as the ability to control the lens drive for focusing when the camera is in a remote position or when the digital capture unit is mounted on a view camera.
  • Improved GUI
    The GUI includes straightforward options for customizing your set-up to suit a number of different workflow situations, such as choice of import source, browsing/comparing functions, file management, image export in a range of file formats, pre-set of options for coming shoots, and much more.
  • Improved Views
    The Phocus view section allows layout and composition to be tailored to suit the current workflow, providing a wide range of options including full view, compare, browse, horizontal or vertical view, and so on. Plus multiple folders can be open at the same time for simultaneous viewing, comparison and selection.

Flexcolor users will be eligible for a free upgrade to Phocus when it is made available. Check back on www.hasselblad.com for exact release dates.

Camera Type Medium Format Interchangeable Lens Camera with Reflex Viewfinder and Integrated Digital Back
Image Quality
Image Sensor 36.7 x 49.0 mm, 39 Megapixel CCD
Effective Resolution 39 million pixels
Color Depth 48-Bit RGB
Color Modes Full Color
Image File Formats RAW 3FR
TIFF (8-bit)
Recorded Resolution 5412 x 7212 pixels
Video Recording No
Audio Recording No
Lens Mount Hasselblad HC lenses with integral leaf shutter
Focal Length Multiplier 1.1x
Optical Image Stabilization No
Focus Control
Focus Type AF metering with passive central cross-type sensor (EV 1 to 19 at ISO100)
Focus Modes Autofocus, Ultra focus digital feedback, Instant manual focus override.
Exposure Control
Sensitivity Selectable ISO (50, 100, 200, 400)
Shutter Type Electronically controlled lens integrated shutter
Shutter Speed 32 - 1/800 second
Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Exposure Metering Spot, Center Weighted, Center Spot (EV1 - EV21 Metering range)
Exposure Modes Manual [M], Aperture priority [A], Shutter priority [S], Program [P], Program variable [Pv], AE Lock [AE-L]
White Balance Modes Manual, Flash, Daylight, Tungsten
Scene Modes No
Built-in Flash Integral fill-flash (G.No. 12 @ ISO100) with HVD 90x reflex viewfinder
Effective Flash Range 14' @ ISO 100 and f/2.8
External Flash Connection Hot shoe for Metz SCA3902-system flashes with HVD 90x reflex viewfinder
External Flash Control Automatic TTL center weighted system (Metz SCA3902-system)
±3EV Flash Compensation for manual flashes and a built-in metering system is available
Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed Flash can be used at all shutter speeds
Start-Up Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Shutter Lag 0.04 seconds (AF on)
Time Between Shots 1.4 seconds
Burst Capability No
Self Timer Programmable (2 - 60 seconds)
Interval Recording Yes (2-32 frames with interval duration of 1 second - 24 hours)
Date & Time Stamp No
Memory & Power
Built-in Memory No
Compatible Memory Cards CompactFlash Card (type I & II) (High Speed Card with write speed >20 MB/sec required)
Image Bank 100GB Portable Hard Drive Unit
Record directly to PC Hard Drive when tethered
File Size
39 Megapixels 50MB 117MB
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion battery (7.2v, 1850mAh)
3x CR-123 Lithium batteries with optional cassette
Power Adapter No
Can be powered via Firewire 800 (IEEE1394b) interface
Computer Interface FireWire 800 (IEEE1394b)
Direct Print Capable No
Remote Control Remote Release Cord H (optional)
PC Control when tethered via FireWire 800 (IEEE1394b) interface
Video Output No
System & Software Requirements Mac OS X (10.1 or later)
Windows NT, 2000, XP, XP64, Vista, Vista 64
Viewfinder HVD 90x reflex viewfinder with diopter adjustment (-5 to +3.5D)
Viewfinder Info Exposure method, Aperture, Shutter speed, Exposure compensation, Metering method, Flash LED, Warning triangle LED, Focus aid LED, Film magazine status
Depth-of-Field Preview Yes
LCD Display 3.0" TFT Color LCD display (230,400 pixels)
Information Display Grip LCD: Flash condition indication, Focus setting, Drive condition, Aperture setting, Exposure Value display, Exposure mode indication, Shutter speed setting, Film speed rating, Metering method indication White balance, Low battery symbol
Language Options English (other languages available via firmware download)
Playback Options Single Image (with Histogram and/or shooting metadata), Playback Zoom
Dimensions (HxWxD) 5.2" x 6.1" x 8.4" (131 x 153 x 213 mm)
Complete camera with 80 mm lens
Weight 80.8 oz. (2290 g)
Complete camera with 80mm lens, Li-Ion battery and CF-card
Hasselblad H3DII-39, 39 Megapixel, SLR Digital Camera
  • H3DII-39 Camera Body (complete with sensor unit)
  • HVD-90X Viewfinder
  • Normal 80mm f/2.8 HC Auto Focus Lens for H Cameras
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • 1GB CompactFlash Card
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (integrated into Grip)
  • Battery Charger
  • FireWire 800 Cable
  • FlexColor Software CD-ROM
  • User's Guide (on CD-ROM)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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