Hasselblad HV DSLR Camera with 24-70mm Lens

Hasselblad HV DSLR Camera with 24-70mm Lens

Hasselblad HV DSLR Camera with 24-70mm Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 24.3MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • Translucent Mirror Technology
  • 3.0" 1,228k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • XGA OLED Tru-Finder 2,359k-Dot EVF
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 19-Point Dual AF, 11 Cross-Type Points
  • ISO 25600, Up to 10 fps Shooting
  • SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
  • Aluminum Alloy Chassis with PVD Coating
  • Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA Lens
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Hasselblad HV Overview

  • 1Description

The HV DSLR Camera with 24-70mm Lens from Hasselblad is a stylish, durable, full-frame A-mount camera with a 24.3MP Exmor CMOS sensor. It is bundled with a fast and versatile 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens and includes two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and a high performance hard case specifically designed for the camera, lens and accessories.

With a fast and accurate TTL phase-detection autofocus system, 14-bit RAW imaging, in-camera SteadyShot image stabilization, 1/8000 maximum shutter speed and 1200-zone evaluative metering system, the HV is a high performance professional DSLR able to take on any assignment put to it. Low light sensitivity is impeccable with an expanded ISO range that runs from 50 to 25,600. And, depending on the memory card used, the maximum continuous shooting speed is 10 fps. The HV offers two memory slots and is compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo memory cards. 

Composition and playback are provided by both the electronic viewfinder and rear LCD panel. The 0.5" viewfinder has a 2,359K-dot resolution with 100% frame coverage and 0.71x magnification. It supports diopter adjustment from -4.0 to +3.0. The LCD screen tilts 40º upward, 180º downward and rotates 180º clockwise and 90º counterclockwise for shooting at odd angles with minimal interference from reflections. The LCD offers 1,228K-dot resolution with focus peaking and focus magnifier capabilities. 

Full HD 1080p and1080i capture is available with stereo audio, including an external microphone jack. Frame rates of 60 fps and 24 fps are supported in full HD for both the AVCHD and MP4 formats. In addition, the HV features APS-C crop mode and the Sony multi-interface shoe with ADP-MAA shoe adapter for a wide range of compatibility with flashes from Sony and other brands as well as photo and video accessories.

The construction of this attractive camera is unique as it is built out of aluminum alloy with a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating which is a hardening treatment for the utmost in durability. An oversized titanium dial, ergonomic rubberized grip and easily-accessed button controls add to the camera's functionality and distinctive look.

As an A-mount camera, the HV is compatible with all A-mount Sony and Minolta lenses and is bundled here with the impressive 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* ZA zoom lens from Sony. This is a versatile and well-built lens with focal length coverage from wide-angle to short telephoto and the fast and quiet Super Sonic Wave autofocus motor. Also included in this kit are two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for extended shooting times and a dedicated hard travel case made from TTXO1 resin. It features a foam interior and is resistant to dust, water, shock and chemical agents and protects its contents in temperatures from -40 to 176ºF.

24.3MP Exmor Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
The 24.3MP full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor provides a high level of image quality and additional low-light sensitivity benefits. This sensor allows for a native ISO range from 100 to 25600 while effectively reducing noise at higher sensitivities. This combination of sensitivity and reduced noise make this camera ideal for use for action photography indoors or at night.
Dual Autofocus System
The autofocus system is able to continuously monitor the image frame and alter the autofocus quickly and responsively due to its translucent mirror technology. Two phase-contrast sensors, a 19-point sensor above the translucent mirror and a 102-point focal plane phase-detection sensor, work together to deliver greatly improved subject tracking performance and increased precision.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1080p recording is supported with this camera and also makes use of the high-speed Translucent Mirror Technology for continuous autofocus, even while using Live View to monitor your shooting. The AVCHD format is used and allows recording of 60 frames per second (60p) for outstanding clarity and motion detail. Additionally, the 24p frame rate is supported allowing you to create movies with a more cinematic feel. For even greater control over video recording, P/A/S/M manual shooting modes, selection of ISO from 100 to 6400, and Picture Effects are available. Audio is recorded with two-channel Dolby Digital with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator and an external microphone jack is supported with audio output timing and audio level display.
3.0" Tilt LCD
The rear 3.0" LCD features 1,228,800-dot resolution for sharp, vivid imagery when reviewing images or monitoring your recording while using Live View. The monitor also features Shot Result Preview, for previewing the effects of your camera's settings before the exposure is made. For even greater viewing possibilities while shooting, the screen is able to tilt 40º upward, 180º downward and rotates 180º clockwise and 90º counterclockwise. The range of movements and reflection protection give you a wide variety of possibilities for viewing from difficult angles and lighting conditions. The LCD offers focus peaking and focus magnification for exacting focus confirmation.
2,359k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
The EVF on the HV is a high resolution finder featuring a 2,359K-dot resolution and a 100% field of view. It delivers a bright, clear image in almost any lighting conditions, including bright sunlight. This finder displays image information regarding exposure settings and modes, and Shot Result Preview allows you to preview the effects of exposure control, white balance modifications, and other creative modes before making an exposure. You can also review photos and video after you've captured it. Diopter adjustment is supported from -4.0 to +3.0.
Image Stabilization
This camera features SteadyShot sensor-shift image stabilization within the camera. By reducing camera shake at the camera level you can achieve shake compensation up to 2.5-4.5 stops in shutter speed.
Multi-Interface Shoe
Unlike conventional cameras, the HV features the Sony Multi-Interface Shoe with additional electronic contacts that dramatically expands compatibility with accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting. An included ADP-MAA shoe adapter maintains compatibility with conventional Sony Alpha accessories as well.
Up to 10 fps Continuous Shooting
Full-frame images can be captured at 6 fps with the dual AF system. When using the Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE mode, up to 10 fps can be recorded. When shooting in RAW mode, up to 13 successive images can be captured.
1200-Zone Evaluative Metering
An advanced evaluative metering sensor with 1200 zones ensures you capture balanced exposures in a wide range of lighting conditions, as well as accurate subject recognition when tracking subjects. Choose between the available Multi segment, Center weighted and Spot metering modes.
Shutter Speed
The HV provides an electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type shutter with a speed range for still images from 1/8000 second to 30 seconds and a bulb shutter option. The shutter speed range for video is 1/8000 to 1/4 sec.
Multi-Frame Noise Reduction
The camera shoots continuous multiple images and automatically, combines the images, reduces the noise, and records one image. The image recorded is comprised of one image combined from those taken.
Aluminum Alloy Body and PVD Coating
The HV provides a handsome aluminum alloy body that is more resistant to corrosion than magnesium alloy. It features PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating as a specialized hardening treatment for ultra-durability and offers over-sized mode dial, ergonomic controls and grip and a distinctive style.
Anti-Dust Sensor Cleaning System
Two levels of internal protection safeguard the image sensor. The first is a coating applied to the surface of the optical low-pass filter. This highly effective anti-dust coating effectively suppresses the attachment of both dry and moist dust particles, simplifying their removal. The second level of protection is an anti-dust vibration mechanism that vibrates the filter at high speed every time the camera is switched off in order to dislodge any dust particles that settled on its surface.
Built-In GPS for Geotagging
The HV's built-in GPS feature tags your photos with global positioning data that indicates where and when they were taken. When you view tagged photographs on a PC installed with PMB software, or on a connected BRAVIA TV with its Photo Map function, the photos are displayed on a map to indicate where they were taken. A highly sensitive antenna in the camera ensures clear GPS reception wherever your photography takes you.
24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens and Accessories
The HV is bundled here with the impressive 24-70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar T* Zeiss A-mount lens with its fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and versatile focal lengths. Two ED and two aspherical lens elements minimize aberrations and contribute to overall sharpness and color accuracy and T* (T-star) coating reduces ghosting and lens flare. A Super Sonic Wave motor provides fast, accurate and quiet autofocus and a focus hold button offers more efficient focus control. Also included in this kit are two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and a water, shock and extreme temperature resistant hard case with foam interior for safe travel and storage.
In the Box
Hasselblad HV DSLR Camera with 24-70mm Lens
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens
  • 2 x NP-FM500H Rechargeable InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1600mAh)
  • BC-VM10A Battery Charger
  • High Performance Hard Case with Foam Interior
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • ADP-MAA Shoe Adapter
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Hasselblad HV Specs

    Imaging
    Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
    Camera Format Full-Frame (1.0x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
    Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.8 x 23.9 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MP4, AVCHD
    Audio: AAC LC, Dolby Digital 2ch
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
    Focus
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Depth Map Assist Continuous AF (AF-D), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 19 (11 Cross-Type)
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Size 0.5"
    Viewfinder Resolution 2,359,296 Dot
    Viewfinder Eye Point 27 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.71x
    Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +3.0 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting Live Preview LCD (1,228,800)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 6400 (Extended Mode:50 to 25600)
    Shutter Type: Electronic
    Speed: 30 to 1/8000  
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Evaluative Metering, Spot Metering
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Fluorescent H, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Flash On
    Hi-Speed Sync
    Off
    Rear Sync
    Red-Eye Reduction
    Wireless
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
    1920 x 1080i (Full HD)
    1440 x 1080 (HD)
    640 x 480 (SD)
    Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
    @ 1440 x 1080: 30 fps
    @ 640 x 480: 30 fps
    Exposure Control Auto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
    Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 6400
    Exposure Compensation -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
    Focus Auto
    Manual
    Continuous Auto
    Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Performance
    Self Timer 10 Seconds
    Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
    AV Output
    HDMI C (Mini)
    Mini-USB, USB 2.0
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7 (SP1) 
    Power
    Battery 1 x NP-FM500H Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, 7.2 VDC, 1650 mAh
    Physical
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.8 x 4.4 x 3.1" / 147.3 x 111.8 x 78.7 mm
    Weight 1.90 lb / 861.82 g With battery and memory card
    Kit Lens 1
    Focal Length 24 to 70mm
    Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 36 to 105 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Angle of View 84 34'
    Minimum Focus Distance 13.39" / 34.01 cm
    Maximum Magnification 0.25x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
    Optical Design 17 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 0
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.27 x 4.33" / 8.3 x 11 cm
    Weight 2.16 lb / .98 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 14.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.0 x 18.7 x 12.1"

    Hasselblad HV Reviews

    HV DSLR Camera with 24-70mm Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is a decorated A99 I have used the A99 for one year, and I recently purchased this Hasselblad HV since I don't like a completely black camera. And this rebranded camera fulfills my pursuit. Operations are basically the same with Sony A99. it is also compatible with the sony battery grip, which gives the camera an even more professional look. Pros: *Upgraded apparence.*A well-designed camera case.Cons: *Lack of software support. You cannot use some of the software designed for Sony cameras, such as capture one. *You may also lose the weather resistance of the Sony A99. *Missing rear lens cap and body cap in this batch. You'll need to find replacement caps somewhere.
    Date published: 2015-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The deal of the year! I have been a Sony user for a number of years now and have been looking for a replacement for my A77.During this time only Zeiss and G series glass was purchased in anticipation for an eventual full frame body. Needless to say but I was a bit confused as what to do with the direction Sony is heading in so I started to search for a deal on an A99. I'm not interested in taking videos and would rather have GPS than wifi, plus the new models are WAY too small for my hands, when I came across the deal B&H was offering On the HV kit it was a no brainer-hit buy! I've had the Hasey out a few times now and feel that I made the right choice, what a fine piece of kit!-p/k
    Date published: 2015-12-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from waste of time and money I do not want to say bad things about this camera as it is nice. It was nice i mean when it came out many years ago. Hasselblad used to be a pioneer in medium format and high end photography equipments. Today its not the case. Just because of Sony is providing sensors to many brands, this camera still remains an old construction in a new jacket. Same as stellar, lunar... You name it. For this price, you better of buying even a Canon 5D3 with the 24-70mm mk1. Wont be disappointed trust me. Bottom line is: If you are after a brand and the look, this camera will be the best to buy. If you are a photographer and after a good picture, well u already know.
    Date published: 2015-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kudos Hassy! Hasselblad has really gone out of their way to improve on what is already an amazing camera. The craftmanship and material quality is top-notch and certainly deserves the Hasselblad logo. This camera is much a beauty as it is a stellar performer. The images are astonishly good with great depth and dimensionality. Color rendition is definitely the signature of the famed Zeiss brand. Files are easy to manage with a wide range of dynamic. This is the cream of the crop product. At this price, it's also a big value package.
    Date published: 2015-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hasselblad hv isn't the a99 I received this camera this past Friday, I too was skeptical of this camera, and figured I had 30 days in which to return it if not satisfied, I can only say that this camera is not the a 99. My only disappointment is that Sony did not make the camera like this originally. Much more responsive sharpness is phenomenal, color tones are extremely nice, Hasselblad looked at the innovations of Sony and believe it would make a nice innovative system in their lineup, and I commend them for that.
    Date published: 2015-06-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands on review from PRO I've been using a Nikon D3 for the last 6 years and recently decided I was ready for an upgrade. Mainly for a higher resolution camera. My choices were Nikon D4s or D5 or Nikon 810 or this Hasselblad HV. There aren't really any good videos on this camera but couldn't pass up the deal. Now that I've had it a few weeks I must say WOW! This is no Sony dressed up. The camera build quality 5 Stars, useability 5 stars, image quality 5 stars, menu 5 stars, Sony Lens 5 stars... I am so happy with this purchase and took a chance on it.
    Date published: 2016-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb camera, amazing value Hasselblad made amazing camera by transforming Sony A99 into this spectacular setup. This camera is pleasure to hold and own, it's luxurious in every way and HUGE improvement over A99. In the same way as AMG makes a different car out of stock Mercedes, this camera is one of the kind. Its menu items, more resposive focus, tuned overall performance shows. You get the best zoom lens on a planet, and it's hand picked by Hasselblad. It's unique, only 100 of them have been made. It's funny that this camera set actually is selling for that price now. Get it. It's one in a lifetime opportunity to get something that cool for the price. Camera takes amazing images with second to none dynamic range, with famous Hasselblad handling. I do photography for over 40 years and for a long time was avid medium format photographer, for years I was performing professionally. This camera is on sell because people who never hold one, couldn't afford it, never even saw it person spoke low on some pathetic forums about it. This camera is something that you will adore for decades to come and one day give to your children. Get this baby!
    Date published: 2016-01-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Based on Sony A99 but every inch a Hasselblad! I received an e-mail from B&H asking me to review my purchase, so here goes... Just about everyone knows that the Hasselblad HV is based on the Sony A99, and - internally - it pretty much IS a Sony A99. So what is different about this Hasselblad (and the supplied kit)? 1) Build quality When Hasselblad named this camera the HV, they must have had the HumVee military vehicle in mind. It is one heavy-duty beast of a camera. Everything feels solid and is beautifully finished - a joy to behold. In addition to the heavy-weight build, there are some subtle design changes to the top panel - ridges and insets - that improve upon the A99's already excellent design, while frequently-used controls have been fashioned from titanium and aluminium rather than plastic. If I were to pick fault, the SD card door should have been aluminium too, and the fold-out / rotatable screen doesn't feel any more substantial than the Sony version - which is a little out of place considering the rest of the unit. But this is really nit-picking. 2) The kit The camera body comes with a full kit of equipment, comprising of: - the superb Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm F2.8 ZA SSM lens with Hasselblad front lens cap - a premium-quality, Hasselblad-branded waterproof carry case with pressure release valve, lined with custom cut-outs, dividers and leather-trimmed brief-case section - branded aluminium body cap and rear lens cap - hotshoe adapter for old-style flashes and other equipment - beautiful canvas and leather, non-slip, branded Hasselblad camera strap (really excellent) - 2 x lithium batteries - battery charger plus US-spec power cable (which I swapped out for a UK spec version I had lying around) - dust covers for the camera body and Sony Zeiss lens - HDMI and USB cables - Lightroom 5 software and manuals on DVD - Various documentation - 8Gb memory card - Small lens cloth The lens is absolutely superb. It is the first generation version of this lens, but who cares? It is heavily built, beautifully finished, optically superb, and wonderful to operate in either AF or MF modes. It also has a focus hold button (very useful) and a switch for AF / MF if you need to switch to full time MF. The rest of the kit provides you with most (but not all) of the additional items you might want to get started. The case is big enough to accept a second lens along with everything else supplied (more on this later). Oh, there's one other difference I should mention... EXIF data in the captured images shows the make and model of camera to be Hasselblad HV, and not Sony A99. That's a summary of what you're getting when you buy this kit instead of a Sony A99 body on its own. It's an impressive package and one that feels worthy of the Hasselblad brand. In all honesty, I didn't expect to be anything like as impressed as I am. And so to the camera itself and its performance... I won't repeat here what many reviews on the internet have said about the Sony A99. Needless to say, the A99 (and, therefore, the Hasselblad HV) performs incredibly well. It looks like a DSLR, it feels like a DSLR, but it isn't - the translucent mirror technology means that the camera can offer an electronic, instead of optical, viewfinder. Frankly, this was my one big worry when I order the HV... I'm used to Pentax DSLRs with their 100% coverage optical viewfinders, and I worried that the HV's EVF would lag, have poor definition and terrible persistence, etc. etc. How wrong I was. Within the first day of using this camera, I am now completely sold on EVFs. The implementation here is truly outstanding. It doesn't feel like I'm using an EVF, but I have all of the information I need right there in the viewfinder as I need it. Not only that, but I get to see DOF previews and other effects of my settings in real time. Wow. Without reading the manual, I was able to figure out 90% of the camera's functions - even stuff that was new to me as a died-in-the-wool DSLR guy. The control buttons (which can all be re-assigned, incidentally) and menus are largely self-explanatory. Image quality took a short while for me to get used to, but now that I have, I am really delighted with it. Firstly, let's bear in mind that the A99 upon which the HV is based, came out in 2012, and sensor technology has moved on a little bit since then. Plus, this camera uses Sony's translucent (fixed pellicle) mirror technology which steals a bit of the light on its way to the sensor (but without which the excellent EVF configuration would be impossible). That understood, image quality from ISO 50 to 1600 is outstanding, with plenty of dynamic range and more detail than you can shake a stick at, and low noise. At 3200 - 6400, there is a little more noise (especially colour noise) than you might expect with the most recent models, but nothing that some post-processing in Lightroom can't fix very easily, without degrading the basic image. Beyond ISO 6400, things quickly get noisier, but not bad by any means. Importantly, even at these higher ISO settings, detail doesn't suffer as badly as I had expected it to. In fact, with some careful noise reduction from Lightroom, I'm able to get very useable images right up to ISO 12800 (a 1200 x 800 image at ISO 12800 looks very good on-screen). The highest ISO setting of 25600 isn't much use if there are big dark or black areas in the image, as these take on a distinctly magenta hue due to colour noise - however, for very small web images or prints, ISO 25600 is still useable in a pinch. Compare this with my 2014 Pentax K3 (which uses a newer 24Mp APS-C Sony sensor), and the results stack up sursingly well. The HV shows more colour noise at higher ISOs (though luminance noise is less of an issue, as a rule), but retains much better detail. Up to ISO 6400, I would take the HV over the K3, as - even with the more aggressive Lightroom processing required - the resulting images look cleaner and more detailed. After that, the K3 wins in certain situations, though detail from the HV is still better at 12800! As I said, the HV is a couple of years older in terms of technology. But here's the thing - at lower ISO settings, the images from the HV are truly wonderful, especially when coupled with quality glass like the supplied Sony Zeiss 24-70. If you search the internet for posts about the HV, you'll find a lot of vitriol about Hasselblad's attempts to sell the world a Sony A99 for several times the price, and this is where I think Hasselblad got it badly wrong. They should have told the public up-front that they were releasing the Superman of A99s - with ridiculously-good build quality, a fantastic professional kit of accesory equipment, image quality from Sony that delivers everything one has come to expect from a pro Hasselblad camera, and - of course - the Hasselblad branding. Then they should have priced it at a sensible-but-still-healthy premium over its less robust cousin. I think they'd have sold out very quickly indeed. When all's said and done, this is a beautifully built camera with a host of fantastic technological innovations and photographer-friendly capabilities, offering superb image quality for almost everyone (except those who will shoot at the highest ISOs all of the time), presented with most of the essential accessories you could need. At the price B&H has been offering this package, it is a steal. Really, it's a steal. On top of that, it *is* a Hasselblad - it says so, right there on the camera (and in the EXIF data!!). I do have a few recommendations to those who have just bought (or are just about to buy) this fantastic kit: 1) You'll need another lens to complement the 24-70mm focal length range. Unless you want to spend silly money on a non-weather-resistant Sony to go with the Sony Zeiss 24-70, save yourself a bundle and do what I did... Buy the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di USD - it is dust / moisture resistant, optically *excellent* (I can't believe how good it is, even wide open), and is built to a quality that seems beyond its relatively meagre price. 2) Keep the 8Gb card that came with the kit as a historical novelty. Buy two or more UHS-I spec 16Gb (or bigger) SDHC cards for the HV. The higher capacity is required for the fairly large RAW / JPEG files (I only shoot RAW), and the speed will help buffer performance. I use Samsung 16Gb Pro UHS-I cards in all my cameras. 3) Reviews will tell you that the Sony A99 (and, hence, the Sonyblad HumVee) has poor battery life. Well, it's at least as good as my Pentax K3 in this respect, but either way - a long day's shooting is going to require at least two batteries. Thankfully, Hasselblad supplies two in the kit. However, I went a stage further and bought the Sony VG-C99AM Vertical Control Grip and a third battery to go with the camera. Using this grip, which attaches to the tripod socket on the base of the HV, you can run with two additional batteries in addition to the one in the camera. Yes, three batteries on hand at any one time (and the camera shows power reserve readings for all three). Not only that, but the grip makes the camera balance better when fitted with heavier lenses, and provides more conveniently located controls when shooting portrait. Come on - you paid enough for the camera - this grip is a *gift* by comparison, considering the utility it offers. 4) Buy the Sony RMT-DSLR2 infra-red remote control. It's better than a hard-wired remote control, lets you fire the shutter both immediately and with a delay, and controls a host of playback options when reviewing images on an HDMI target screen. You might not use most of what it does; you might only use it to fire the shutter occasionally. But it fits neatly in one of the unused leather pockets in the HV's case, and you should have it - just in case. 5) Download Sony's Image Data Converter application from their website. While the range of facilities (in particular, the noise reduction) is not as good as Lightroom, it's a great little application that allows fast image development. Often, Lightroom just isn't required, and this software provides everything needed. Lastly, I would like to thank B&H. This is the first time I've ordered from them. As a new UK customer, I had a couple of hurdles to jump before my order was processed, but B&H dealt with it well and ensured my equipment was delivered quickly and safely. I will certainly buy from them in the future.
    Date published: 2016-01-31
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