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    Hasselblad xcd 55v lens

    Glad that you landed on a good copy of the 55V. I received mine from the first shipment to Capture Integration and have zero complaints about the lens. Plus, its compact form factor, virtually silent shutter, and crisp autofocus make it versatile for many use cases. John
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    Medium Format Pets

    Dressed properly in a tuxedo and bow tie!
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    Medium Format Pets

    Harriet X2D | XCD 90 | f/3.2 | 1/45s | ISO 3200
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    Hasselblad Apo 1.4XE: Blue striped vs non striped...

    Matt, Consistent with what I reported in my previous post, looking more closely at your test images the clipping/vignetting is greater at "f/5.6" than at "f/11" (f-stops in quotes, not taking into account the effective one-stop decrease in aperture due to the 1.4x increase in focal length...
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    Hasselblad Apo 1.4XE: Blue striped vs non striped...

    I did a little test on the 907x-CFV100C. As far as I can tell, the camera's lens mount on the 907x and X2D are identical - i.e., as @Ai_Print showed, the circular opening just behind the lens mount just clips the corners of the sensor. Obviously no issue with native lenses but apparently causing...
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    Hasselblad Apo 1.4XE: Blue striped vs non striped...

    Right. I just took a close look at my XV adapter - the throat is round!
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    Hasselblad Apo 1.4XE: Blue striped vs non striped...

    I've found it easy enough to clone out the dark corners. For multi-panel stitches, I suppose one can just crop them out before stitching.
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    Hasselblad Apo 1.4XE: Blue striped vs non striped...

    Yes, I've found that the 350 SA + APO 1.4XE shows a bit of vignetting on the X2D, just a bit of clipping in the corners. I don't recall this being a problem on the X1D and, oddly enough, I don't think this occurs without the extender but will need to check to verify. No issue with vignetting...
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    Hasselblad Apo 1.4XE: Blue striped vs non striped...

    I have the non-blue stripe version. Optically it is fine and as @TechTalk mentions it has the electronic contacts. There is a small difference in the housing at the tip of the converter’s protruding element but as far as I know, all versions are optically identical. These pieces are rare enough...
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    Hasselblad 24mm (or 25mm) f2.5V and 135mm f2.5V

    It will be interesting to hear from additional users with their experiences but as the initial dust settles, to paraphrase Mark Twain it seems that reports of the 25V's deficiencies have been greatly exaggerated. Thanks to @MGrayson and @hcubell and others for sharing their initial findings...
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    Hasselblad 24mm (or 25mm) f2.5V and 135mm f2.5V

    Bottom and bottom-left are definitely showing some unpleasantness on top of quite minor star trails from the 8s exposure. None of this will really matter except at extreme magnification/enlargement. TBH I would be more concerned about field curvature @ maximum aperture than about any residual...
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    Hasselblad 24mm (or 25mm) f2.5V and 135mm f2.5V

    I currently own the XCD 21, XCD 30, XCD 90, and XCD 55-V. I previously owned the XCD 45 but sold it not because of any quality issues (quite the contrary) but because it split the difference too closely between the 30 and 55. I have zero complaints about any of the lenses in my kit, including...
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    Fun with MF images 2024

    Cool! I don't think you've shown Central Park and the (silly matchstick) buildings beyond from this perspective before. Also nothing to complain about in terms of the XCD25V's performance - seems like a keeper to me! John
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    Hasselblad 24mm (or 25mm) f2.5V and 135mm f2.5V

    Thanks for the real world images, Matt. I hope your back has recovered from slogging around both systems, but all in the name of science, right? From your experience it seems that the 25V is an excellent lens for close-up and most landscape use cases, the latter if stopped down a bit (TBH, I...
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    Hasselblad 24mm (or 25mm) f2.5V and 135mm f2.5V

    Right. Old school! To pose my question more clearly: did you focus wide open in all instances, or did you focus at each shooting aperture. I ask, because wide open infinity focus seems pretty sharp, whereas infinity + 1.5mm appears best after stopping down. Thx. John
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    Hasselblad 24mm (or 25mm) f2.5V and 135mm f2.5V

    Thanks, Matt. You clearly are an experimentalist trapped in a theorist's body and mind! My interpretation on just one double-shot of espresso, with the usual caveat of n = 1: assuming you focused the lens wide open, there appears to be focus shift combined with a bit of field curvature layered...
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    Hasselblad 24mm (or 25mm) f2.5V and 135mm f2.5V

    Thanks, Matt. At least no math was involved! Seriously, though, did you try f/11 as well? I know, quelle horreur! to stop down so far, but f/8-f/11 would be pretty typical for me for landscape/built environment images. I rarely shoot wide open for such shots, except of course for very occasional...
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    Ageing photographers and the weight. Simplicate and add lightness.

    I feel your frustration on this! I've found that it helps to use the 907 as I did with the original Hasselblad 500 series body with waist level viewfinder: flip the LCD screen up at a 90 degree angle, and then hold the camera down by your waist, pulling it taut against the neck strap (this...
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    Ageing photographers and the weight. Simplicate and add lightness.

    Lol, consider the favor returned: Motivated by your last post, I just did a few measurements to confirm that the micro ICU can take the 907-CFV w/55V mounted, one additional lens, and perhaps a spare battery. It seems that there’s one in my future. A photographer can’t have too many bags, after...
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    Medium Format Pets

    Also known as the Soup Exception...
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