This review was written by our Bristol store manager Andy Hoang, who also works as a fashion and commercial photographer, specialising in studio lighting.
As an employee of Calumet Photographic, I am lucky enough to have the privilege of being able to test out the latest kit, so I thought I would see if I could get my hands on the new Hasselblad H6D-50C. Luckily, I was able to borrow one from our Drummond Street store in London to test out and review!
Re-learning to use a medium format camera
Normally I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS 5DSR which I have become comfortable with, mainly because I am able to select how many focus points I want and where they’re located. With the H6D there is only one single focus point which is on the centre of the sensor. The trick is to focus with the central point and recompose, which I was pretty bad at, resulting in blurry unusable images.
Luckily the H6D had something up its sleeve to help with my focusing in the form of ‘True Focus’. It’s basically a button that helps you maintain focus when moving the camera because with such a large sensor it becomes very difficult to do. The button was a godsend and made the whole shooting experience a dream for a medium format novice like me. I would highly recommend practicing leading up to the shoot, don’t leave it until the last minute like me!
So just how good is the Hasselblad H6D-50C?
Looking at the performance of the camera, it takes super sharp images, which is what is expected from a camera of this reputation. The one thing that stuck out for me was the dynamic range and boy did it deliver! Now for those of you who think I’m referring to the technique HDR photography, you’d be wrong. I’m actually referring to the measurements between white and black tones. The Hasselblad H6D offers a dynamic range of 16 compared to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III which offers 11. Some of you may think this doesn’t make a world of difference as it’s only a few stops, but this really does push the quality of the photographs you’re taking.
A surprising bonus feature that I loved was the touch display. This function seems very refined and as quick as a smartphone in terms of touch and selection. Going through images by flicking from side to side is a nice added touch, no pun intended!
Overall, after the minor focusing hiccups, the H6D-50C is a camera I would love to get my hands on again! Here are a few images from the shoot to showcase what this beast of a camera can do!
Hasselblad H6D-50C – https://www.calphoto.co.uk/product/Hasselblad-H6D-50c-Camera-System/339-889A
Hasselblad 35-90mm f4-5.6 HCD Zoom Lens – https://www.calphoto.co.uk/product/Hasselblad-35-90mm-f4-5.6-HCD-Zoom-Lens/339-102W
Hasselblad 120mm F4 Macro Lens – https://www.calphoto.co.uk/product/Hasselblad-HC-f4-120mm-Macro-Lens/339-102Q