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It has been a while since the Hasselblad 907X was launched. It didn’t go on general release at first as the company made a limited edition all-black kit to commemorate the moon landing, but now the chrome-edged production version is finally available to purchase.
The concept is a tiny, slim body that acts as an interface between the CFV ll 50C digital back and Hasselblad’s XCD lens series, to create a very small lightweight kit that is highly portable, fun to use and, most importantly, beautiful to look at. As the sensor in the CFV ll 50C is the same as that used in the X1D ll and the lenses are the same, in theory we should expect the same image quality, so really choosing this camera over the more conventional X1D ll is a matter of the handling experience.
|Hasselblad CFV II 50C digital back and 907X|
The kit is very small for a medium format setup, though certainly not tiny by general camera standards. It is, however, very comfortable to hold and pretty simple to use. Most operations are conducted via the rear screen as there are few control points on the actual body. The shutter release is surrounded by a dial for changing exposure values and a single press button that accesses exposure compensation or shutter speed in manual exposure mode. In landscape orientation this is all very comfortable and easy, but working in portrait orientation takes a bit of getting used to.
The rear screen flips up to make shooting from low angles easy, but doesn’t twist for low angles when the camera is flipped over. A small flap opens below the screen to access flash, headphone and mic sockets and iOS users will be able to use an app for remote control and image previews.
It’s a very fun camera to use and a kit does (just) fit in a coat pocket or a small bag
The shape and style of the 907X is reminiscent of the V series film cameras, and the experience of using it is strangely similar too. It’s a very fun camera to use and a kit does (just) fit in a coat pocket or a small bag, and returns first class results. There is a big difference in image rendering between Adobe Camera Raw and Hasselblad’s Phocus software, so as awkward as Phocus is to use I recommend processing these files in that rather than the application most people will automatically reach for.
There is an accessory optical viewfinder coming soon as well as a grip, but neither were available at the time of shooting. The optical finder looks cool, but it won’t necessarily be essential since the rear screen is clear and bright even in sunny conditions. The grip though will make it easier to hold the camera still when shooting video.