Testing Out the New Hasselblad XH Converter 0.8 on the Hasselblad X1D II 50c Medium Format

The recently launched XH Converter 0.8 reveals more opportunities for photographers when using H System lenses. Take a look at this hands-on review and first impressions of this adapter.

In late 2020, Hasselblad announced the XH Converter 0.8, which enables photographers to use H System lenses on Hasselblad’s mirrorless X System or 907X camera. It does so by doing the opposite of a teleconverter and reducing the focal length of the lens by a 0.8x factor, thus creating a wider field of view and also increasing the maximum aperture you can use on the adapted lens by two thirds of a stop. Hasselblad also claims that this converter improves how the lens performs in regards to contrast and sharpness throughout the frame. 

In this video, Usman Dawood from Sonder Creative tests out the performance of the adapter by comparing the outcome of using the Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9 lens against the older Hasselblad HC 100mm f/2.2 lens because the latter, with the use of the converter, will now have an f/1.8 aperture and 80mm focal length. With the conversion, it becomes easier to judge the two lenses against one another. 

Take a look at the video to see the comparison between the two lenses in terms of their physical design in conjunction with the attached adapter and also their performance, especially in a harsher, backlit scenario outdoors as well as a more controlled environment indoors. If you want to read more about the full technical information, compatibility, and firmware requirements of using this converter, you can take a look at the Hasselblad press release. The converter currently retails for $949 and is available on Hasselblad website.

Lead image used with the permission of Usman Dawood.


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