Hasselblad Launches The Worlds Lightest Digital Medium Format Autofocus Lens – The XCD 4/45P
Designed to further the capabilities of all X System cameras* by taking high quality imaging even further out into the world, Hasselblad launches the new XCD 4/45P. Designed for the utmost in portability, the XCD 45P stands as the most lightweight and compact member of the XCD lens family. Weighing only 320g (0.7 lbs) and measuring 47mm (1.85 in) in depth, the XCD 45P is the world’s lightest digital medium format autofocus lens on the market today!
The XCD 45P allows photographers to bring high quality optics on any adventure, ranging from travel photography across deserts and up mountains to urban exploration and documentary. Minimal weight combined with superior image quality, the XCD 45P coupled with the X1D II and Phocus Mobile 2 lets creatives go physically further with their creative visions with lighter gear in their kit and a highly portable workflow.
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“We’re extremely proud we could produce a lens with as high optical performance as the rest of our XCD lenses in such a compact form,” said Hasselblad Lead Optical Designer, Per Nordlund.
The XCD 45P features an optical design incorporating two aspherical elements, resulting in state-of-the art optical performance within compact dimensions. The XCD 45P has been designed with discreet portability in mind and thanks to evolved designs, both the autofocus motor and leaf shutter have been reduced in audible noise. Photographers will find that the new XCD 45P leaf shutter is less audible than many focal plane mechanical shutters.
With a minimum focus distance of 35cm (13.8 in) and a maximum image scale of 1:5.2, the XCD 45P is even suitable for food or still life photography. Its mechanically connected focus ring gives the lens a responsive and accurate manual focus experience. Just as the other XCD lenses, the XCD 45P is uncompromising in its build quality, technical excellence, optical performance, and balance in handheld use in addition to its built-in leaf shutter that allows for flash sync up to 1/2000s.
|Lens Mount||Hasselblad X|
|Angle of View||61°|
|Area of Coverage||44 x 33 mm|
|Minimum Focus Distance||1.15′ / 35 cm|
|Optical Design||9 Elements in 7 Groups|
|Leaf Shutter||Yes, up to 1/2000 Second Sync Speed|
|Filter Size||62 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||3.15 x 2.05″ / 80 x 52 mm|
|Weight||11.29 oz / 320 g|
Pricing & Availability
The XCD 4/45P has an MSRP of €1199 / £1030 / CNY¥8999 including VAT and $1099 / JPY¥130000 excluding VAT. Ordering is available now and shipping to begin in late January 2020. Learn more about this lens here.
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So what are your thoughts? While medium format is kind of out of reach for me on a personal level, it’s incredibly interesting to me to see the advances in the technology coming out from all of these major brands, reducing the size, weight, and costs, while seemingly consistently increasing the quality of the technology! Even just a few years ago the thought of bringing a medium format camera out on the road for an adventure would have me shaking my head! But this seems to be changing that point of view, and for the better. Do you think this will change the way the general masses view and use medium format rigs? Does it spark any interest in you to rent or try the system out? Would you like to see us review this camera and lens system? Let us know in the comments below!