New Hasselblad X lenses!

_2E50264 copy

No, that’s not a new lens in the picture above, but two pieces of news: firstly I have a XH adaptor in hand and am running tests with the existing H lens lineup. So far: they work exactly the same as on the H cameras, with identical image quality, just without AF (for now). No surprises there, as the H6D and X1D share the same platform.

More interestingly, several new lenses were announced today that will round out the X platform in and of itself – a 120/3.5 1:2 macro; a 35-75mm zoom; and 22mm and 65mm primes. I was involved in some of the planning around these lenses and the aim was to balance quality with size and other properties such as parfocal zooming and magnification ratio; such optical design considerations are a delicate balance between size, performance, price and design complexity.

I have an X1D again and am expecting to have samples of the new lenses to test as soon as they are available. MT


More info on Hasselblad cameras and lenses can be found here.


Visit the Teaching Store to up your photographic game – including workshop videos, and the individual Email School of Photography. You can also support the site by purchasing from B&H and Amazon – thanks!

We are also on Facebook and there is a curated reader Flickr pool.

Images and content copyright Ming Thein | 2012 onwards. All rights reserved


  1. HI, thanks for all the valuable information. I have the X1D and the XD adapter and can get the HTS. I intend to use it with the 35mm H lens. This would work right? Live view focus naturally! Thanks!

  2. Hi Ming, what are your thoughts regarding the forward weight when you used the X1D + XH Adapter + H lens. I am keen to use the same set-up with HC 100/2.2 and HCD 28/4.0 once the XH adapter is available. I do have a RRS long lens rail set-up but wanted to know if your set-up is viable without the rail or is it too much weight?

  3. Hans Arnold Riniker says:

    What are your experiences with focus shift? I got the information from my dealer that Hasselblad is discussing a software solution for the AF-system.
    For the criticism see:

    Thank you very much in advance for your information.
    I started photographing with a Hasselblad 500C 50 years ago, but stopped photographing in 1998 and restarted last year with
    a Ricoh GR II.I still have a 500 CM with 100, 180 and 250 mm lenses.

    • I haven’t seen it at longer distances personally – there does appear to be some (minor) at closer distances, which I’ve advised HQ about. It should be possible to compensate it with software since a) shift b) distance c) aperture are all known and mappable parameters.

  4. Hiroshi S says:

    Ming, Is there any news about the use of V system lenses and the X1D? There were conflicting statements on the web and by dealers whether the old CF adaptor can or cannot be used together with the new XH lens adaptor. I know this would not be a very elegant solution but until all the new lenses are available this could be a workable compromise for me (since I have a nice collection of Zeiss V lenses…)

    • Mechanically, it works – but the firing sequence is a bit different to the normal lenses and has to be changed, plus profile support etc. It wasn’t part of the original plan because it goes against the small and light ethos, but I believe they’re working on it for a future FW release.

  5. Joachim Hadeler says:

    Ming, maybe it’s a rhetorical question because of your image shown the X1D with HTS 1,5 T/S adapter – but my local Hasselblad dealer told me (based on Hasselblad information) that the X1D cannot be used with the HTS 1,5 T/S adapter. So, does it work fine?

    • Yes, it works fine. He might have been confused because you don’t have the same precise positional readout as with the H cameras yet (tilt, shift and rotation are shown in 0.1deg or 0.1mm increments so you can repeat positioning) – but I assure you you can definitely shoot with it 🙂

  6. This is an excellent development. To me this says Hasselblad has a clear mission for the X1D system and the discipline to avoid scope creep. Too often manufactures throw in any and all features they can imagine “just in case”. This invariably leads to cluttered interfaces, pointless scenes modes, substandard video capabilities, etc. in a stills camera. I applaud their courage and wisdom in perfecting a limited feature set and avoiding the trap of trying to be all things to all people.

  7. I am a little disappointed not seeing a fast lens for the X system 😦
    I was hoping for something like the FUJI GFX 110 f2
    At this point since I need a prime lens which it creates a nice separation for outdoor portraits
    What do you think would be better?
    Waiting for the 120mm or buying the 150mm + Adaptor ?
    My guess is that the H lens I will get more compression and more blur
    Thanks in advance for your advance

    • The Fuji does not have a leaf shutter, and your flash sync is limited which makes outdoor portraiture pretty difficult, actually. Their leaf shutter solution is…an adaptor for Hasselblad lenses!

      Hasselblad actually has a 100/2.2 with a leaf shutter already, which will work with the XH adaptor AND give you separation and flash sync – it’s my normal lens on the H6-100… 🙂

  8. Thats what happen when you involve “real” photographers. Everything is right. The weight of the lenses are on point. All said I do wish for the 65 to be a faster one. F2 or F2.5 would be awesome , Do you have any ideas what the F stop of that lens might be ?
    The line up is pretty much complete with 1 or 2 more lenses. Thats impressive actually for a smaller company to introduce a new system and complete it in 3-4 years.

    • Not sure at this point – I do know the limitation is both the leaf shutter and the optics: too fast, and you land up with massive lenses or unreliable leaf shutters. A longer tele and faster portrait lens are about all that’s missing now, I think.

      • amirali says:

        For a faster portrait option I think the H 100 f2.2 is already great. Not that big and heavy and has a unique rendering.
        Now Im pretty sure Im gonna get X1D. 30 & 65 & the 120 would be my choice. I may as well get the 100 2.2 if I feel the 120 is not fast enough.

        • I love the 50 and 100 on both the 44×33 and 54×40 sensors – the 100 has a binary personality; it’s soft but lower contrast wide open, but by f4 it’s a razor.

  9. Why is the AF not maintained with H lenses? How can this change in the future?

  10. Said AZIZI says:

    A bit off-topic, I think the launch of the X1D was a mess because of the production shortage (till this moment) and a relatively late lens roadmap. Fujifilm might have stolen some potential buyers just because of this…

    • L. Ron Hubbard says:

      Fujifilm hasnt launched yet so there’s nothing for them to steal. Fuji botched their X-T2 launch pretty bad. Several people I know went to Sony because the X-T2 launch was so late in getting to the shelves.

  11. is a shame how the xh adapter does not have a tripod mount..even fuji’s H adapter has it, putting 2,3 kg of weight infront of the 700gram body is definitely is not comfortable to see even if the mount is strong..

  12. Ales Litomisky says:

    When we can expect your X1D review?

    • I already reviewed it…final review? Once firmware is final 🙂

      • Thanks. Any guess when the firmware will be final?

        • In some ways, if/when it is, that means development has ended. If not, it means the product isn’t finished. So…the question is, would you rather have a camera that’s continually improving, or one that’s abandoned?

          In my mind there are only one or two things missing (blinking highlight warnings, quick standby mode) and we’re pretty much done. That, and I’ve not shot with the 30mm yet. I’ll have to find some time for the review thereafter…

      • Hi Ming. Can you say if the X1D output will have the same dynamic range and overall quality as the H5D?

  13. Parfocal? Nice! Is there a critical reason the wide end of the zoom is at 27mm rather than say a 24 or 25mm like the G-Mount zoom?

    • Yes: making it a bit wider would have required much greater optical complexity (and size/cost), and it isn’t a good tradeoff agains the mission of the X1D.


  1. […] via New Hasselblad X lenses! — Ming Thein | Photographer […]

Thoughts? Leave a comment here and I'll get back to you.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: