Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad has launched a new lens for the X1D/X1D II that it claims is the smallest and lightest autofocus lens for a digital medium format camera. The XCD 4/45P measures 47mm in length and weighs 320g (0.7lbs). Providing the same coverage as a 35mm lens on a full-frame sensor, this new lens has a maximum aperture of F4. Hasselblad already has a 45mm lens in this system, but it has an F3.5 maximum aperture, measures 75mm in length and weighs 417g (0.92lbs). It also costs a lot more.
Hasselblad says that the leaf shutter is quieter than that in the existing lenses in the XCD range, as is the lens’ AF motor. The lens can focus down to 35cm/13.8in, uses 9 elements in 7 groups including two aspherical lenses. It has a minimum aperture of F22, and offers shutter speeds of between 68 minutes and 1/2000sec. New firmware will need to be installed on existing X1D-50c Mk1 cameras to make them compatible with the lens.
Available at the end of this month the lens will cost €1199 / £1030 / CNY¥ 8999 including VAT and $1099 / JPY¥130000 excluding VAT. In the existing F3.5 lens costs £2400/$2700. For more information see the Hasselblad website.
Hasselblad launches XCD 4/45p – the world’s lightest digital medium format autofocus lens
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.
“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.
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.
Discover the XCD 4/45P at https://www.hasselblad.com/x-system-lenses/xcd-4-45p/
*Support of XCD 45P for X1D-50c to be enabled in upcoming firmware update