Hasselblad X1D II 50C Medium Format Mirrorless Camera – The Epitome of Reductive Scandinavian Design


Capturing the expanse of the American
West is no easy task especially with scenery that is at times
colorful drab wet and dry these vistas can be found throughout Colorado where
photographer Bjorn Peterson is on a mission to capture the varied landscapes
on a format best suited to sheer scale and impression though armed with his own
keen sense as a landscape photographer Bjorn has a particular weapon of choice
here the Hasselblad X1D II 50C a mirrorless medium format digital camera Traditionally larger than their
35-millimeter brethren medium format cameras have been considered unwieldy
for the long arduous journey that Bjorn has embarked upon but as a mirrorless
camera can the x1d II with its smaller form factor and lighter body give Bjorn
the edge he needs Mount Evans even by car it takes
approximately 90 minutes to reach the summit but every minute is breathtaking
from the start the lighter weight of the x1d II makes it easier for Bjorn to walk
along the rocky terrain that of course means more time to take in the view and
atop Mount Evans mountain goats greet the crew as nightfall approaches Bjorn
sets up to photograph the plantlife though life overall may seem sparse out
here insects are not to be ignored the skies darken though there is still
plenty of light in the area the thick clouds have rendered the grass a muted
green the x1d II however with its 14 stops of dynamic range breathes life and
light into the scene the next morning the crew returns to a nearby spectacle
the great sand dunes at first glance the color here may appear uniform but the
gentle gradients of the dunes are harder to capture than one might expect color
reproduction through Hasselblad’s natural color solution or HNCS creates
stunningly natural images of course 16-bit color doesn’t hurt you the Sun reflecting off the surface
creates one of the most classically challenging environments to shoot in the
x1d II handles it with ease as a successor to the first generation
the X1D II 50C builds on much of the original versions design choices
utilizing a 50 megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 44 x 33 millimeters in
dimension new electronics help the camera process the data faster reducing
blackout and startup times the viewfinder now features three point 69
million dots with a magnification of 0.87 times while the LCD has expanded to
three point six inches and while the team didn’t get the chance to test it
here the X systems leaf shutter lenses offer a serious advantage in the studio
flash sync speeds of up to 1/2000th of a second after a week of adventure Colorado’s own
natural splendor delivers a captivating end to Bjørn’s time with the camera
people from around the world have gathered here to witness something
extraordinary a sunset with sunlight this harsh
getting an idea of the image can be exceedingly difficult but fortunately
the new EVF helps Bjorn compose even here the Hasselblad X1D II 50C signifies a
change in what medium format is what it can do though it’s not as fast as more
mainstream full-frame cameras medium format strength has always been its
sheer image quality combined with advances in mirrorless technology and
color processing it is now possible to realistically use medium format out in
the wild the x1d twos simplistic clutter-free
design lighter weight and X system lenses make it a marvel to use but you
don’t have to take my word for it

34 Comments

  1. B&H Photo Video July 23, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Where would you explore with the new Hasselblad X1D II 50C?

  2. Linh Pham July 23, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Really liking the nature documentary-style narration and style. What we have here… is a nature photographer in its natural environment. 👍🏼

  3. rewris July 23, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Cool and all that but this is NOT a medium format sensor.

  4. telemaq76 July 23, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    already 11 thumbs down, fuji fans here

  5. Hooked on Photography July 23, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    😏 …not sure what to make of this.

  6. User6327 July 23, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Lol at the dirt on sensor in many shots. What a joke.

    Edit.. come to think about it, if it weren’t mirrorless, it would have a lot more trouble getting schmutz on the sensor.

  7. Noealz - Rain Photography July 24, 2019 at 5:15 am

    lots of thumbs down?

  8. Noel Williams July 24, 2019 at 10:02 am

    That's a $10,000 camera

  9. Bernhard Wimair July 24, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I know at least 5 photographers on youtube that would have shot way better photos with an apsc sensor camera 🤨😕

  10. kumar kumar July 24, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Are u a beginner.

  11. Jeff Mark July 24, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    That was the most epic photo of a yellow flower I've EVER seen

  12. Frank Booth July 24, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Don’t think this video does those photos justice,, I like that they are not hyper color super wideangle typical landscape photos, but you cannot tell the difference between a hasselblad file and a fuji file in a YouTube video

  13. andrearusky July 25, 2019 at 9:24 am

    those photos are so generic and boring!

  14. Paul Mikael July 29, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    One of the best cameras ever produced And what do we get. This??

  15. yihang ying July 31, 2019 at 2:43 am

    why using 90mm and 120mm at first place when you shoot landscape? I mean if you want to use 120mm to get wildlife… then probably you should get a faster camera?

  16. Slavomir Dzieciatkowski August 1, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Seriously? Such uninteresting photos. No vision. Yuck.

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  19. misconduct pinkman August 15, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    this video is so lame and shows nothing the hassi has to offer…poor waste of time

  20. Drew Robertson August 19, 2019 at 3:14 am

    I wish I could get those 6 minutes and 16 seconds of my life back…

  21. Alex Aristov August 27, 2019 at 7:19 am

    My Canon APS-C makes a much better job than that guy))) I saw some videos about that camera, the color looks very dirty (16 bit????). I don't know why?

  22. André September 3, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Who doesn't know anything about photography, after seeing this video will say that this camera is worse than shit, but, shit, it's the video!!!!

  23. Jon JJ September 4, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Who is Bjorn, and why does he matter. No one knows.

  24. Dreamer Z September 5, 2019 at 6:18 am

    What a waste

  25. Aram K September 10, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Does Bjorn know how to clean his lens/sensor?

  26. TheBstar49 September 18, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Is it a joke?

  27. p7105550 September 20, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Is this Canon T3? The mark 1? I think iPhone 6 can take better photos. Did you not process the photos ? Or was this actually a sarcastic one where in you meant to say don’t buy this camera it’s a bit dumb

  28. Zufar Akbar September 29, 2019 at 4:37 am

    my Rebel T6 kit does much better job.

  29. Truth Keeper Films October 18, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Meh.. Nikon D850 or Z7 is right there with this camera, except smaller, more lenses, better video, better weather sealing, and better battery while being cheaper.

  30. Ayman Al Balushi November 7, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Hi
    I was wondering how this camera Hasselblad X1D II 50C performs in very low light, for example , how it performs in galaxy shooting , stars shooting precisely shooting night landscapes?
    Could you please elaborate if you have any experience in it.
    Thank you .

  31. Boone Sommerfeld November 13, 2019 at 6:48 am

    This video just dissuaded me away from medium format. You could take the same photos with an iphone. This video just proved its not about tech but about content and the photographer.

  32. mrblueeye33 December 6, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    When a noob ist making snapshots a 100$cam would be ok too.

  33. kevin sturman December 11, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Wow was this a Mockumentary talk about taking something extraordinary and making it Ordinary

  34. B&H Photo Video January 15, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Take a look at our hands-on review of the Hasselblad XCD 45P f/4 Lens with the Hasselblad X1D II 50C! https://bhpho.to/2FStQSp

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