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HasselbladH4D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera
 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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83%

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  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (3)
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(22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional

By Amudgarden

from Phoenix, MD

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Auto Focus
  • Reliable Operation
  • Stable Flash Sync

Cons

  • Battery Life
  • Recharge Time

Best Uses

  • Landscapearchitecture
  • Photography
  • Posters

Comments about Hasselblad H4D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera:

Purchased this a couple weeks ago. My first medium-format DSLR...I grabbed it mostly for landscape and architecture shots, just to squeeze every possible bit of sharpness and resolution out of larger poster-sized prints. I am so used to the durability and relative low maintenance of Nikon, there are a couple of minor quirks with this camera that aren't a big deal, but do create the need for some planning ahead. For example, the battery lasts about as long as an Olympic 100 meter sprint. I realize the processing and sensor in this camera require serious power, but it's almost scary how fast the battery is drained. Don't leave home without a spare batter (or a generator). Additionally, the battery charger supplied with the camera is slow. Grass grows faster than this thing recharges the battery.

But, that minor issue aside, this camera produces images that are breathtakingly sharp, and have incredibly tonality.

If you mainly work with smaller prints (i.e. 5X7 or 8X10), the differences aren't significant between this camera and any of the pricier full-frame DSLRs. But when you blow up a print, the difference is startling.

It ain't cheap...and neither are the lenses it works with. But if you're serious about producing large print landscape and/or architecture, I doubt you'll find another camera out there in the same price range that's capable of duplicating the image quality of the H4D-40.

Quick tip: Given the highly sensitive resolution of this camera, I strongly recommend using a heavy-duty and sturdy tripod and tripod head to help mitigate any possible tripod dancing when the shutter fires. I use the Manfrotto MT057C4 with the MH057M0-Q5 head.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible

By Jackson Carvalho

from Caruaru, Pernambuco - Brasil

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Auto Focus
  • Metal Housings
  • Reliable Operation

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Advertising
    • Fashion
    • Photography
    • Posters

    Comments about Hasselblad H4D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera:

    This camera is simply amazing. Accurate reproduction of colors and shades. Incredible resolution and handling super interactive. Good ergonomics and wonderful results. I am very pleased with the purchase of this equipment. Recommend.

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    (41 of 63 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    To Fort Worth, Tx.

    By Cecilio

    from Seattle, Wa

    About Me Pro Photographer

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          Comments about Hasselblad H4D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera:

          What Chowered Head Thinks A Hasselblad Would Have Video if you want Video then buy a video camera. If you were really a pro you would have know what you were buying. Get a Grip and a Life.

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          (64 of 478 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          doesnt come with lens, beware!!!!

          By iceman from tgr

          from fort worth, tx

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Water-tight Seals

          Cons

          • Blurry Photos
          • Too Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Snorkeling

          Comments about Hasselblad H4D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera:

          Bought to take pictures on my vacation to Disney, but was disappointed that it did not come with a lens for picture taking. Also, no video mode!!! Buyer beware!!!

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          (35 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Camera!

          By JSJPhoto

          from Shanghai, China

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • True Focus

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Studio

          Comments about Hasselblad H4D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera:

          The APL/True Focus features are amazing and extremely useful if you shoot up close with a wider angle lens. I found I could make large prints even up to ISO 800 without any noise reduction. Image quality is outstanding and the camera is very easy to use. Tested against the PhaseOne DF with P40+ back and found the H4D the clear winner.

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          (31 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By Cho

          from Atlanta

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Small LCD Screen

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Hasselblad H4D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera:

          I'm outdoor photographer.
          This item is good for long exposure up to 4min. especially without noise.

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          5.0

          H4D-40 Gave Me An Edge

          By Boris Kretonic

          from Aurora, CO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Product Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Hasselblad H4D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera:

            There are many good systems for photographers today, but Hasselblad checked all the boxes for me.

            H4D-40 has superior image quality to any 35mm systems, and it still provides me comfort I was used to with 35mm FF digital cameras.

            I love True Focus feature on H4D while shooting with 100 f2.2. True Focus was the main reason I choosed H4D instead of H3D (which has amazing price right now). Portraits with shallow dept of field are much easier to shoot than on any other system I've used. That was a huge point for me because on some 35mm FF systems I had to use Live View and manual focus to make sure the final image will look the way I envisioned it.

            For the most of the time I am using H4D with Hasselblad 35-90 lens. 16-bit color, larger sensor and higher resolution gives me something I was always longing for.

            Shooting tethered with H4D is a breeze. A big plus to me was that Phocus software came free with a camera, and I didn't need to buy any additional software (like in some 35mm systems).

            Doing business today is in many ways harder then before. Using Hasselblad I need less to explain why potential clients want to choose me instead of my competition. And in the end, using Hasselblad on an assignment enables me to give more to my clients.

            Now I wish I made this purchase decision earlier.

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