The Hasselblad H5D features a modernised design and a complete new electronic engine to pave the way for ultimate quality imaging, for print ready JPEG files, and for a smooth and intuitive user interface. The camera is built by the Sweden-based company as ‘the latest step in the evolution of the best high-end camera system in the world’.
Pentax ZX-7 Film Camera
The camera is particularly compact, with a protruding rubberized grip for convenient holding.
This is a polycarbonate body, but the lens mount, film guide rails, and pressure plate are made of metal, giving Pentax an edge over some competitors. In order to reduce weight, size, and price, a penta mirror type viewfinder is used, instead of an all glass prism.
The level of detail and sharpness, the wide dynamic range and rich tonality in nearly any light is simply staggering—almost unimaginable until now. It features a 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter for particularly sharp and detailed still imaging. With the addition of the EXPEED 4 Image Processor, performance speed is increased compared to the EXPEED 3 and noise is effectively reduced throughout the ISO range.
The D800E render levels of texture, nuance and detail that, until now, have been the exclusive domain of the complicated medium-format system.
36.3 effective megapixel full-frame (35.9mm x 24mm) sensor with ISO 100-6400 (ISO 50-25600 boost)
The Nikon D3S is a 12.1 megapixel professional-grade full frame (35mm) digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR)
Full-Frame (36mm x 24mm) 12.1 megapixel sensor with ISO 200-12800 (ISO 100-102400 Boost) using reworked gapless microlenses
The Hasselblad H5D is the latest update of a classic camera system, a subtle round of technological refinements to an already impressive design. Inside the controlled environment of a studio, the image quality of the Hasselblad lenses and bodies is well known.
Most of the refinements in the new Hasselblad range go to the speed and handling of camera operations, with a snappier feel to the system in use and faster processing of files during capture.
The improvements are incremental rather than revolutionary, changes that don’t translate into higher frame rates or more pixels, just more productive operation on the job and more confidence with focus.
The main selling point of any medium format camera is the amazing image quality. The H5D improves upon its predecessor with better weatherproofing and autofocus. A medium format sized sensor gives you an entirely different depth of field control and feeling to a photo. Portraits are much more flattering from a medium format camera.
When working with fine detail captures, the True Focus II system is one of Hasselblad’s most significant features – and has been updated to give better response and a confirmation signal to the photographer. True Focus works by sensing movement in five directions and calculating very subtle adjustments to the autofocus, thereby keeping your target correctly in focus as you recompose a shot.
History of Hasselblad
- 1841 Hasselblad family business begins.
- 1888 Hasselblad becomes Swedish distributor of Kodak Eastman products.
- 1933 Dragon Rapide was first designed by De Havilland
- 1953 Hasselblad 1000F was released
- 1957 Hasselblad 500C released (first of the V-system models)
- 1976 Hasselblad sold to an investment company
- 2002 Hasselblad H1 is released (first of the H-system models)
- 2013 Hasselblad H5D is released
Perhaps the most famous use of the Hasselblad camera was during the Apollo program missions when man first landed on the Moon. Almost all of the still photographs taken during these missions used modified Hasselblad cameras.
Hasselblad cameras have played an integral part in the Space program, capturing the images that help us to understand our world and its surroundings. There are a range of special modifications and improvements required to meet the stringent demands of space travel. We then apply the knowledge and expertise we gain in space and bring it back to earth, further improving the Hasselblad line. All to ensure that we continue to provide the finest photographic equipment on – or off – the planet. Read more