Understanding Hasselblad H Series Cameras
Hasselblad H series cameras offer the benefits of medium format digital photography along with an ability to use different camera backs, swap viewfinders, and use a full range of interchangeable lenses. Hasselblad medium format cameras have sensors that vary from 43.8 x 32.9 millimeters to 53.4 x 40 millimeters.
Features of Hasselblad H Series Cameras
The H series camera system is fully modular. It's based around a body that controls the basic camera functions. The camera sensor, housed in a separate camera back, attaches to the camera body, as do various interchangeable lenses. Each lens houses an integral leaf shutter, the design of which allows for a wide range of flash synchronization speeds. Viewfinders are interchangeable to accommodate different sensor sizes, while providing the traditional medium format option of a waist-level viewfinder. Some cameras such as the Hasselblad H5X medium format DSLR accept a range of third-party digital backs. The brand manufactures a full range of Hasselblad H series accessories that include tilt and shift adapters, teleconverters, battery chargers, filters, and lens hoods.
Differences Between DSLR and Hasselblad H Cameras
The most obvious difference between DSLR cameras and Hasselblad H series medium format DSLRs is size and weight. Less obvious is the different perspective caused by the wider view and a shallower depth of field, thanks to the use of longer lenses with the Hasselblad cameras. Image quality is first class, and in most instances, superior to that of full-frame DSLRs. Standard camera backs use a 50-megapixel sensor, but Hasselblad also offers backs with a larger 100-megapixel sensor as well as a multi-shot version providing an effective 400 megapixels. Hasselblad's large sensor pixels have exceptional light collection properties, providing up to 15 stops of dynamic range, 16-bit color definition, and premium reproduction.
Lens Choices for Hasselblad H Series Cameras
All Hasselblad H series lenses are fully compatible with its latest cameras. There's a general-purpose zoom lens and several prime lenses covering the range between 28 and 300 millimeters. Use the Hasselblad CF lens adapter to attach older Hasselblad V series lenses, but bear in mind that some features such as automatic focusing and automatic shutter cocking don't work. The manufacturer designed Hasselblad aerial lenses specifically for aerial photography and mapping. They feature a preset fixed infinity focus and have higher shutter speeds for capturing sharp images from fast-moving aircraft.
Hasselblad H Camera Bodies
There are two types of camera bodies in the H series. If you only work with digital media, choose the Hasselblad H6D camera, which is fully compatible with the 50, 100, and 400-megapixel digital backs. The Hasselblad H5X body and the H6X body accept several types of film backs as well as conventional Hasselblad and several third-party digital backs.
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