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  • There's like this whole idea that for something to be new, it has to move faster.

  • Our files, our cars, our processors are packages.

  • Even they all move faster than ever.

  • But the 907 x 50 c from hassle glad cameras, not fast.

  • In fact, it's the slowest camera that I've ever loved.

  • Mhm, oh dear.

  • Big things in small packages is like super the trend and cameras recently and household has newest digital medium format camera is no exception to it.

  • The 907 X is a 740 grand metal box that can serve as a standalone medium format digital camera or as a digital back for Hasselblad V System cameras made from 1957 onward.

  • And it is the smallest medium format body Hasselblad has ever made.

  • This camera came out in late 2020 and when I originally got this camera in for review, unfortunately during shipping, the back screen shattered, which was both the most heartbreaking and terrifying unboxing I have ever done in my whole entire life.

  • But we're here now.

  • We're back in action, and because of that, I'm not under any embargo.

  • So I got to ask all of you what you wanted to know and you all came through for me.

  • One of my favorite questions asked was around how the cameras form factor changed my style of shooting, and even I was surprised at how different this camera is to use from cameras that I am used to.

  • Yeah, using the 907 X is done mostly with the pointer finger and grip.

  • I mean, what grip?

  • Okay, there is a group you can buy for additional $729 but I truly challenged myself to use this camera without this expensive mod.

  • There's a battery compartment that houses dual SD card slots on the right side of the camera USB C port with a cool little door on the left and around front.

  • Under the lens mount is the shutter button on the back.

  • Underneath the 3.2 inch articulating touch screen are the flash, headphone and mic parts cleverly hidden under a rubber door.

  • If you spend a lot of time with hassle, that's more traditional.

  • Medium format cameras using the night of seven X will feel extremely familiar, but for me it was like stepping into a whole new world to start.

  • The lack of a handgrip leads me to grip this metal box with pretty much the entirety of my right hand.

  • And then I kept my left hand around the barrel of lens.

  • Next, there's only one dial on the whole system.

  • It runs around the shutter button, which is on the front of the camera.

  • Spin this style to adjust F stop or hold down the small button on the right side of the camera while spinning the style to adjust shutter speed.

  • Everything else is controlled on the touch screen run back, which is very responsive and smooth.

  • And lastly, there's no viewfinder on the base model of this camera.

  • As an ode to the waist level, cameras of medium format passed.

  • The 907 X's back screen can articulate 90 degrees up, so you're looking down and into the camera instead of through the camera at your subject.

  • All three of these features the button placement, the lack of a handle, the articulating a screen that you look down into.

  • They make for a completely new way of taking photos that takes a lot more time to do and a lot of patients to learn.

  • Okay, The next big question I got on Instagram was if I could compare this 50 megapixel sensor to that of full friend camera, and then someone also wanted to see it compared to an iPhone 12 pro max, which is a funny request because those are extremely different sensors.

  • But ask and you shall receive Let's talk photo quality.

  • The 907 X has a whopping 50 megapixel medium format sensor capable of capturing 8272 by 6200 pixels.

  • I found it sharpest at around F 5.62 F 11, but the amount of depth you can capture an F 1.9 is truly next level, and it's focused.

  • Fall off is just stunning.

  • Although you can capture both Hasselblad three fr raw files and JPEG, I found that in post I really dug the colors from the JPEG.

  • More than starting with the super flat profile of the RAWs, Hesselink's color science is honestly remarkable.

  • In particular, the red hues this camera captures are so vibrant yet not over the top.

  • This woman's red jacket on the snowy white background really allows her form to come alive.

  • The 907 x can shoot from I s 0 102.

  • I s 0 25,600.

  • I found the image.

  • It gets a little greenie once you cross the 6400 range.

  • But I didn't really mind this green.

  • It kind of has a nice texture to it.

  • Also took it out one night on a tripod and let that shutter sit open on still objects.

  • That level of detail is super useful for printing for reframing and I think especially useful for products when you want your viewers to feel like they could reach into the frame and touch something Now, the only thing that super disappointed me about using this camera was the focus system.

  • It's contrast based, and it is slow.

  • I think I've just gotten so used to the superfast systems on new Marylise cameras, especially Sony Systems, that coming back to the hassle leads slower.

  • Focus system was jarring.

  • And that's another thing that really slowed me down.

  • If I had a limited window for capturing a scene I wanted, I simply wouldn't even try because I knew I was likely to miss it.

  • But the real match of this camera, it's that huge sensor.

  • I mean, stop the F stop down to F A A and punching for details for days.

  • Okay, Okay, okay.

  • But now let's put it head to head.

  • With a full frame sensor and an iPhone sensor for this test, I have available to me the A seven C, which is 24.2 megapixels and the 12 megapixel iPhone 12 Pro Max.

  • All right, I'll show you a few comparisons with the iPhone, but very quickly we can start to see that the iPhone is bringing up shadows and honestly, just not capturing the same amount of detail as the A seven C or the hassle blood.

  • Okay, but if we're looking at just the A seven c and the hustle, glad we can start to see a slight difference.

  • But honestly, I was pretty impressed with how the A seven c really kept up with the hassle.

  • Glad it's only really in the depth, fall off and in the background blur that I can really notice a difference.

  • And I tried to match these camera settings as close as I possibly could.

  • I do prefer the color science of the hustle blood.

  • It's just a bit punchier and truer to life.

  • Now.

  • Some of you wanted to know if you could shoot video with this camera.

  • You know I was gonna do it.

  • Come on.

  • First and foremost, the limited amount of video settings this camera provides should really tell you that it is not made for video at all.

  • On the 907 X, you can only shoot in 2.7 K 29 97 frames per second or full HD 29 97 frames per second.

  • And then there's absolutely no in body image stabilization.

  • So when shooting handheld, you can see every shake, every breath, every focus pole and next.

  • There's no continuous autofocus in video mode and certainly no face detection and either photo or video modes.

  • I really think this camera is more for maybe capturing video reference or shooting gift.

  • Besides the lack of controls, I don't think the battery life in this camera could support shooting a lot of video, either.

  • I found that while casually taking photos all day, I was really only getting through about half of a day shooting before needing to swap to another battery.

  • And while you can recharge the battery via USB C port on the side of the camera, I can't imagine owning this camera and not also owning at least two additional batteries.

  • The last most frequently asked question was, Who is this camera for?

  • And that's a damn good question.

  • And with that, it might be a good time to tell you this camera's price.

  • The 907 eggs 50 C starts out at $6400 for the body alone.

  • Although it is one of Hasselblad more affordable digital medium format cameras, this premium sensor, this sleek design, this brand name it doesn't come cheap.

  • And I really think someone who's going to keep this in their studio for years to come, maybe someone who's printing their photos, someone who's doing product photography or especially the person that's looking to make their film camera digital.

  • They're going to use this as a digital back there.

  • The person that's super going to benefit from all of those megapixels.

  • But for me, I've always wanted to be going faster, and when it comes to photography, that just means getting more shots in just a second or having auto focus that contract really quickly moving subjects because I moved quickly.

  • But when I was using the 907 X, it's really nice to take a step back and slow down to put the camera on a tripod.

  • To really think more about my compositions before just firing off the shutter.

  • It does feel kind of like shooting film like really, really valuing each and every frame.

  • It's slow, but it's really relaxing and the results are gorgeous.

  • So 907 x 50 c.

  • I love you.

  • You're so gorgeous.

  • But wow, we I can't live on this island forever.

There's like this whole idea that for something to be new, it has to move faster.

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Why this $6,400 Hasselblad is the slowest camera I’ve ever loved

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/10
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