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Hasselblad Announces New H5X For $5,920

By Anthony Thurston on September 9th 2014

We received word this morning that Hasselblad has announced their followup to the H4X, the H5X, answering the prayers of many Hasselblad shooters. Just like the H4X brought the advanced features of the H4D to older models, the H5X offers the ability to bring advances H5D features to older Hasselblad backs, third party backs, and even film shooters.

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According to Hasselblad‘s release, the new H5X is designed for users of the H1, H2, H2F, and H5X who want to get H5 features without breaking the bank for a new H5 body.

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Hasselblad H5X Specs

  • Camera Type: SLR type camera with interchangeable lenses, viewfinder and magazines
  • Lenses: Hasselblad HC and HCD lenses with integral lens shutter. Autofocus or manual focusing. All C-type lenses from the V system with optional CF lens adapter
  • Shutter: Electronically controlled integral lens shutter in each lens. Shutter speed range 1/800 s to 18 hours
    Image format: 56 x 41.5mm (Width x Height)
  • Viewfinder Options:
    • HVD 90x: 90° eye-level viewfinder w. diopter adjustment (-5 to +3. 5D). Image magnification 3.1 times. Integral fill-flash (G.No. 12 @ ISO100). Hot shoe for SCA3002-system flashes from Metz™
    • HV 90x: 90° eye-level viewfinder w. diopter adjustment (-4 to +2.5D). Image magnification 2.7 times. Integral fill-flash (G.No. 12 @ ISO100). Hot shoe for SCA3002-system flashes from Metz™
    • HV 90x-II: 90° eye-level viewfinder w. diopter adjustment (-4 to +2.5D). Image magnification 2.7 times. Integral fill-flash (G.No. 12 @ ISO100). Hot shoe for SCA3002-system flashes from Metz™
    • HVM: Waist-level viewfinder. Image magnification 3.2 times
  • Focusing screen: Acute Matte type D with markings for spot metering area and AF sensitive area. Optional screens with grid and/or format markings available.
  • Focusing: Automatic and manual focusing. Instant manual focus override. AF metering with passive central cross-type sensor. Metering range EV 1 to 19 at ISO100. High power white focus assist LED for low light conditions
  • Focusing modes: Manual with optional focus indication in viewfinder, Single shot AF and Continuous AF. Focus lock available in AF modes either with shutter release or any of the four programmable buttons. True Focus to compensate for focus shift when re-composing
  • Flash control: Automatic TTL-OTF centre weighted system. Uses built-in flash or flashes compatible with SCA3002 (MetzTM). Output can be adjusted from -3 to +3EV. For manual flashes a built-in metering system is available. ISO range 16 to 6400 (excluding any exposure adjustment)
  • Exposure metering: Metering options (with HV 90x-II and HVD 90x): Spot, Centre Spot and Centre Weighted. Metering range Spot: EV2 to 21, Centre Weighted: EV1 to 21, CentreSpot: EV1 to 21. Exposure lock with separate button on camera
  • Exposure modes: Manual, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Programmed and Programmed Variable
    Automatic bracketing: Available with 2, 3, 5, 7 or 9 frames. 1/3, 1/2, 1, 2 or 3 EV step. Exposure sequence can be changed
  • Power Supply: Rechargeable Li-ion battery (7.2 VDC/2900 mAh)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 144 x 110 x 88mm
  • Weight (body only): 830g

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Overall, this seems like a good option for users of older Hasselblad gear to get some more use out of their old equipment, while at the same time gaining some of the more advanced features of the latest Hasselblad models – all without having to take out a second mortgage.

There are no preorder links available yet at this time, but if you are interested in learning more about the new H5X, you can head over to the Hasselblad website to get all the details.

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What are your thoughts about this new H5X? Do you see this as a good option for users of older Hasselblad and Third Party shooters? Leave a comment below!

[via Hasselblad]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Greg Silver

    Shutter speed of up to 18 HOURS!!! Just curious – what would you use that for?

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    Great news for those older equipment that are still in great shape.

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