Hasselblad H5D-50 c: With Max Clarity

TEST: last year, also took the Hasselblad step into intermediate athens formula-1-class with CMOS-sensor all possibilities. But corresponding to the the exacting expectations? Absolutely, we say!

Hasselblad has always been something of a Swedish pride in the camera world. Despite the fact that they now do not have Swedish owner have their Swedish stamp not disappeared altogether. They have long been a significant player in the medium format world. The cameras have been used by many famous photographers and has as well been out in space as in the Islands barren environments. Last winter, they revealed, around the same time as both Phase one and Pentax, a medium format camera equipped with a CMOS sensor was at once. Pentax 645Z we tested in the fall of 2014 and gave impressive results. Now it’s time to see what Hasselblad CMOS packages.

Some of the novelties of the new sensor H5D, in addition, include an enhanced True focus (more on that later), and the ability to choose whether the camera should be driven by the computer or the camera’s battery when running it connected to a computer. The reason for this is that some laptops can be a little sway in the outgoing str stream and you get a more reliable power source if you choose the camera battery.

Price Concerns

To only talk about the amazing performance of a medium format sensor CMOS type when testing this camera is really trying to dance around the big green elephant standing in the middle of the room. The Green elephant in this case is the price. 250 000 SEK. It’s ballpark what you must pay to get a dealer to hand over a Hasselblad H5D-50 c in your hands. And this is only on the camera body, you want a lens as well, well then, you dig even deeper into their wallets. It’s not very many photographers who buy such a camera. Because today’s digital SLRs is that good to rent most photographers this camera when needed.

But what you get for that money? Well, a digital medium format camera with a CMOS sensor with 50-megapixel resolution and dimensions 32.9 x 43.8 millimeters. The size of the sensor allows for more and larger sensor element, which in turn provides the opportunity for good noise performance and large contrast range, Hasselblad specified 14-step contrast range and an iso sensitivity up to 6400. But also continuous shooting and live view has been improved with the new sensor. Burst shooting patter off the entire 1.5 pictures per second and in liveview mode is updated up to 15 frames per second. It may not sound too impressive, but then they should take into account that there is a lot more information to be processed in comparison with a» ordinary «DSLR.

It is customary to say that the medium format cameras provide a stronger 3D feel of the images, which can be credited to the slightly higher mikrokontrast that are often found in the images from these cameras, due to the larger sensor.

It shows at once when you take the camera in your hand and start the that this is not something that is intended for those not in the know on cameras and photography. The menu system is relatively easy to understand in order to make the fundamental changes necessary to photograph you want. But nothing is self explanatory, but you must know what you want to do, or else you will lose you quite quickly.

What one notices right quickly is that there are two different menu systems, one for the back and one for the camera system. In the back cover with the menu you select ISO, white balance, image quality, and other things that are directly related to the image. In the camera’s menu system is adjusting to everything that has to do with the shooting, but even white balance and iso can be adjusted here. In other words, choose among other focus method, bracketing, interval timer, and so on and on.

There are many settings to make, but it’s fairly simple, albeit time-consuming, to scroll through the different menus with the help of the two input reels in the small screen on the top of the camera. It’s a little strange to have such a small screen to menybläddrandet, but it goes right, quickly getting used to.

But unlike Pentax 645Z which we tested in number 10/2014 so is Hasselblad’s menu system not as user-friendly. Pentax has simply stopped entering the menu system from their cameras in their mellanformatare, which makes it very easy to use if you used an SLR before.

The camera, like the Pentax 645Z, a rich creation with weight and a little clout. With a larger lens attached, it’s not a play to retrieve any longer, I tried to photograph some portraits with lens HC Macro 120 mm II f/4 and it was not long before it was getting difficult. With shorter and lighter lens can so clearly easier to work hand, but it is a piece of equipment to any place on the tripod.

Slow focus

There are several reasons why a H5D-50 c is not a good sportkamera. One of them is the slow and not fully secure the autofocus.

In poor light must focus chase pretty much, turn it off using the light from the camera so you are pretty run if you do not turn over to manual focus. Which in and of itself is not a major problem in decent light, when the viewfinder is large and let in plenty of light.

Focus has a feature called Hasselblad True Focus. With it you can focus through a thumb button and when you are focused, you can recompose the image and the camera will then calculate your moves in omkomponeringen and to ensure that the focus remains on the right place. This feature is enhanced since the H4D and should be more accurate than before. The big advantage of the True Focus button I think, is that it disconnects the focus with the impression. This means that when you are focused, you can press the shutter button halfway without sharpness moved. But if you press the button again to turn off the function and can then focus with the shutter button again. It eliminates the need to choose a button to activate the autofocus and can have several choices, good!

One thing you must keep in mind when shooting with a camera with that high definition is that if one is to handhold the camera so you have to have shorter shutter speeds than what you usually need. This for less shaking to provide blur when the resolution is so high. I photographed most of the images during the test, free-hand, but it was clear that I had to go up in the shutter speeds to get that razor sharpness the camera can deliver.Most people who are shooting with the camera therefore use the tripod, which is great also because of the weight that was mentioned earlier.

Image quality

Hasselblad image quality H5D-50 c is impressive. With a sharp lens, it is among the sharpest you can shoot with at present. Extreme detail in combination with wide dynamic range means that the files are very easy to work with.

Compare it with Pentax 645Z so are the image files are very similar to each other when it comes to image quality. Noise levels are at the same levels when pressure sensor up in ISO’s.

However, the Hasselblad camera lets not go up further than 6400 ISO.They think their users still not going up higher and the image quality is too poor for 6400. It is, however, a big difference from the old CCD sensor which looked quite unwell out already at ISO 800. If you want to be able to shoot at higher ISO, Pentax 645Z that should attract any more.

Pentax 645Z can also film, which Hasselbladaren cannot. But it’s a question of what to use the camera to.


The Hasselblad H5D-50 c is not something that will end up in everyone’s home is pretty obvious. The price is a clear boundary of Italy here, but the picture quality is amazing. It is a professional tool for those who have high demands on their work, the camera produces image files with extremely little information which is perfect for those who want to post-process their images.

If the image quality is the only thing you care about and the price is irrelevant, this is a camera you definitely should check out. But for most of us, it applies rather to wait for prices of sensors are falling and this quality is available to all of us.

What would you, believe me.