Hasselblad Releases the XCD 90mm f/2.5 V Lens

The Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/2.5 V lens, which was unveiled alongside the X2D 100C camera, is now available after more than a year’s wait.

Looking more closely at the specs, the lens weighs only 551 grams when the optional lens hood is not used. The new 90mm is significantly lighter than the Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9, which weighs 1,044g. The new lens is also substantially shorter and narrower, and the f/2.5 aperture gives a very similar depth of focus as the 80mm f/1.9, allowing Hasselblad shooters to achieve outstanding subject isolation.

Here are some sample pictures:

Along with the release of its 90mm f/2.5 lens, Hasselblad also published a firmware upgrade (version 3.1.0) for the X2D 100C.

Face detection in focusing mode is the most prominent new feature. The mode allows users to switch between automated face detection and manual face selection, and despite the lack of an eye-detect mode, it appears that the camera performs an excellent job of concentrating on a person’s eyes when utilizing face detection.

The X2D 100C can now capture HEIF format photographs with 10-bit color depth and shoot RAW+HEIF thanks to a software upgrade.

When connected to the Phocus Mobile 2 app or Phocus for Mac, the camera supports live view for tethered shooting. Thanks to the upgrade, the camera now supports the Profoto A10 for Nikon in TTL mode.

Hasselblad also claims that version 3.1.0 includes “optimized sensor calibration to improve image quality,” however this is unclear.

More info on Hasselblad’s website.

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