My last post was about the recent Hasselblad product announcements and particularly about the slim little ‘body’, that Hasselblad is calling the 907X.
The Hasselblad press announcement stated that it would be able to take, in addition to the obvious XCD lenses from the X-1D camera, the H Series lenses and also the ancient V Series.
Here’s a look at what I think that means.
Hasselblad, along with others like FotoDiox, Klipon and Cambo, have all been making Hasselblad lens adapters for sometime. But let’s start with the Hasselblad adapters currently for the X-1D camera.
This is the Hasselblad X to H lens converter, currently available for the X-1D camera.
This guy’s going to let you use the HC and HCD lenses from the big H Series cameras. That is the range of cameras that ran from the original H1 and H2 film cameras, which became H1D and H2D digital versions and then into the H3D model which has continued on to the latest H6D. I think there are 12 lenses available that fit those cameras. These have all been built by Fuji as the Hasselblad association with Zeiss ended with the V Series.
The adapter is fairly big and when mounted on that little waif of a 907X body plus the CFV digital back, it’ll almost be as big as any other ‘normal camera’ in your hand.
With this adapter you will have control of the HC/HCD lenses built-in leaf shutter, aperture and auto focusing…all from the buttons on the back I guess although the new side grip looks like adding ‘more buttons’.
Hasselblad also stated the 907X would be able to use the old Zeiss V Series lenses.
Now they produce an adapter to do that currently for the X-1D camera as well.
The film plane was some distance away because of the V series mirror, so this adapter moves the lens well away and is pretty big. However it adds the ability to mount all those Zeiss Distagon, Planar, Tessar and Sonnar lenses on the 907X, which will be very interesting to behold.
The XV adaptor shown here is currently available to get your V Series lenses onto an X-1D. Sadly in doing that you have to give up the leaf shutter built into each of the Zeiss V lenses and you have to enable the use of the electronic shutter built in the in the X-1D body.
Oh dear…that’s not great as the electronic shutter takes about 300mSecs to sweep over the sensor, thus making it useless for moving objects. You also don’t get any other ‘auto’ facilities, so manual focusing, exposure etc but that was to be expected with V Series manual lenses. The full range of flash sync speeds that a leaf shutter also gave are also gone…
But hey…I’m a manual sort of guy…I’d get by.
It’s difficult though to see how this XV adapter would work with that little 907X at all unless the 907X was getting an electronic shutter…or maybe even the CFV-II 50C would get the electronic shutter? I believe that Phase One have incorporated one into a digital back already.
Well suprisingly things weren’t always this crude….Hasselblad had already built a ‘better’ adapter for mounting V Series lenses…this time is was for the H Series bodies. This one was an even more serious device as it had the ability to use the leaf shutter in the V lens and also control of the aperture.
They called this the CF adapter. This is what Hasselblad said: “The automatic focusing system in the H Camera can be used to guide the manual setting of focus through the use of the focus confirmation signal displayed in the viewfinder. Light is measured at full aperture with all lenses, which produces an aperture and shutter speed data display in the camera for the manual setting of the exposure. Owners of CFE version lenses receive an additional benefit as the preset aperture setting is automatically transferred to the camera. Shutter cocking is performed manually with all lenses and is quickly accomplished by an easily accessible lever on the side of the adapter.”
So users of this earlier H Series adapter get the following with their V Series lenses:
Normal use of the built in leaf shutter, which they can cock with a lever…along with those higher flash sync speeds which are still manually set on lens from 1s–1/500s including B and T mode and no use of a laggy electronic shutter. There’s light metering at full aperture and electronic focus confirmation on the viewfinder display .
The databus connection with the late CFE lenses operates and is past through to the camera.
I wonder therefore if this more complex adapter could comeback in a new form to be used on the 907?