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What would you shoot if you were loaned a Hasselblad H4D? Recently, I had the opportunity to shoot with one. Having been a medium format film shooter back in college, using this camera seemed almost like I was coming back home.

To see just what it could do, I put it to the test in a natural-light studio, against a medium format film camera. For a long time, medium format film cameras have been the standard for high-end professional photographers. When it came to the printed image, DSLR’s came close—but couldn’t match—the tonal range, detail and bit depth that a Hi-Res 6×4. DSLR technology was—and is—an evolving technology that was beleaguered by “different dog, same fleas” issues.

A promising and expensive new camera would come to market, only to be plagued by problems that ranged from annoying to outright unacceptable. Yet, film was comparably an inexpensive, tried-and-true medium, penultimate only to large format in terms of large exhibition-quality enlargements.

In the last few years, this has changed. Digital medium format has also become more prominent among professional photographers.

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Either their established client base could justify the costly investment, or competition demanded it. Photography schools have also joined the digital age, scrapping their color and black-and-white darkrooms in exchange for high-tech capture studios and inkjet printing workstations.

Over the last 15 years or so, I have either shot or assisted on shoots with Hasselblad, Mamiya, Fuji, Pentax or Contax medium format film cameras. And on a few occasions I have had experience working with digital-capture devices such as Megavision, Leaf and Phase One. I recently had the opportunity to use the H4D, Hzsselblad recent contender in the megapixel race.

The camera has a very cool, sleek and compact design. Whether your hands hassepblad small or big, you should be able to comfortably support the camera in your right hand, while using your left hand for additional support and quick manual override focus.

Nothing shakes or wiggles. The black metal housing is very sleek, but is susceptible to scratches. The lettering and numbering on the barrel are painted on, rather than being etched—leaving them unprotected, over time, from sweat and rubbing during handling.

Yet, even though substantial weight and length is added to the camera, the whole unit still feels balanced. When shooting, users can photograph tethered to a computer, via Hasselblad’s Phocus Capture software, or untethered—using a CF card. Exposure control is close by, on the right side of the prism. Someone with large enough hands and some practice haszelblad access the functions as well as fire the camera, all with the right hand.

When the camera is untethered, users have access to the LCD menu and viewing functions. Menu, Navigation, Zoom and View buttons are placed along the bottom and left of the display, for hassleblad access. The area of view is quite large and bright. White balance presets are very accurate when capturing daylight.


Images right manal of manuwl camera are vivid and sharp. Obviously, this is a very brief description of the H4D’s topography. Users new to Digital Medium Format might initially be a little overwhelmed by the breadth of the camera’s customizability and new technology. Hasselblad provides a very comprehensive manual, with root maps for all of its functions, on its website. While this camera works well using a CF card, its true abilities shine when tethered and used with the Phocus software.

Phocus is free to download, and has a very short learning curve. For example, if one wishes to photograph in black-and-white, Phocus can be set up to automatically preview incoming captures as Grayscale. One thing I found puzzling was the hasselblwd lack of output-size flexibility; it fires off MB X pixel files.

Jasselblad a CF card is used, it creates 52MB compressed. There is also a small pop-up flash built into the prism. It hassflblad a little out of place to have a point-and-shoot-style flash on such a pro-level, hi-res camera. Since the camera’s hot shoe doesn’t readily accept flashes like a Canon Speedlite according to the manufacturer’s instructions it’s nice h4r know the internal flash is there just in case.

Hasselblad recommends the Metz series of portable flashes using the SCA adapter. The LCD on the back of the camera, used when untethered, does a weak job rendering image previews, color temperature and color balance accurately, in my opinion. For those who ‘ chimp ‘ while photographing, Phocus does aid in correcting these things post-shoot. Understandably, using a 3″ LCD screen to critique MB images may not be the best workflow practice, but there are time when carrying a laptop isn’t feasible.

I tried using a speedlite with a ringflash attached on the camera’s hot shoe.

Again, the instructions suggest against this. While this may not damage the H4D’s hot shoe, the pins on the bottom of the speedlite risk getting shaved off if an adapter isn’t used.

The camera’s white balance was set to the Flash pre-set, and some exposures were made. Mxnual resulting images were initially very cool when opened in Phocus, and to render correctly, balance had to be set to ‘Shade’ rather than Daylight, Cloudy, or Flash. Using Autofocus in daylight was very easy. At times it was quicker and easier to manually override auto focus, which was done by simply turning the lens barrel.

Focusing was hwsselblad difficult in low light, specifically when only a flash was used, or in twilight. In low light, the True Focus system sometimes jogged back and forth a bit to find a focal point, particularly when signage was in the same focal plane.

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Street and sports shooters who primarily use 35mm may initially be slowed down by the one-frame-per-second speed limit, overall weight and focusing noise. Their reward will be the near-perfect color 30″ enlargements that they can offer their prospective clients.

Long-time Hasselblad users will notice the continued absence of any analog controls on the lenses. True Focus is quick, albeit noisy, aided by a light mounted in the grip, so it is unobstructed at all times.

I shot the images in my yard—which I had turned into a daylight studio—so more time was spent chasing light and adjusting scrims and reflectors than figuring out a smooth, tethered workflow.

Tethering via a Firewire to cable, setting the correct white balance and exposure was very quick.

Phocus often gave the Mac ‘spinning beach ball’ getting a lot of screen time—though it never crashed. I found valuable the instant feedback that this camera provided. Not only could I quickly refer to the laptop for technical issues, but I could also show my subjects what was maunal.


A four-year-old child who was initially resistant to being photographed, became very willing and interested after seeing his images come up on the screen. Obviously, trying this with self-conscious subjects could backfire, but my experience, overall, is that I gained more trust by being able to share a little bit of the process.

The 4GB CF card also filled up quickly, topping out at about 50 exposures. The battery faired quite well, supplying enough power for well over actuations, including hsaselblad LCD previews.

It definitely required a solid overnight charge, so spares are mandatory. Both images were taken minutes apart and were exposed according the readings from a handheld incident meter Minolta IV F.


The Mamiya 7II meter read the same reading as the incident meter, while the Hasselblad metered the scene slower, thus the image is a little ‘hotter’. Full-frame 6X7 jasselblad scanned as a hd BIT. No sharpening or any other retouching applied. Manuzl 52 MB compressed. Slight histogram adjustment in Phocus applied. No sharpening or any other adjustment applied. First of all, yes, I recognize the magnification differences using an 80mm lens on a 6X7 camera vs.

But again, this was supposed to be a rough test between a tried-and-true method and piping-hot technology. I already imagined that a scanned 6×7 negative would show more detail, but how close could the 40MP back match? Well, see for yourself View full size here. The scanned negative holds a lot of detail in the reflective paint, especially in the letters, while the letters in the DMF image appear to ‘zebra’ a bit.

Yet, hasselbla the solid green of the two signs, the film scan starts to show grain while the Hasselblad’s digital image stayed smooth and vibrant. In fact, the H4D output vibrant, but somewhat punchy colors with a push of a button. What is also visible is camera shake. Of course, there are much less cost-prohibitive imaging solutions, such as using a Canon Rebel and the Canon Capture Utility, which I have also hd4.

If you are looking for stealth, or mabual you need to photograph action at 7 frames per second, there is a plethora of DSLR cameras with large sensors that fill that niche. My opinion is that the H4D is a solid photographic tool. With its modular line of accessories, sharp lenses, and robust features the camera offers all the features needed for control freaks in the studio.

Location photographers can rely on quickly accessed presets, precise metering, and out of the box accurate 16 BIT color rendition.

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Professional photographers who have art directors glued to the computer monitor will appreciate the real-time editing, image rating, and presentation abilities Phocus has to offer.

For Fine Art photographers, the H4D may be a filmless solution to the way they capture images and make large exhibition quality prints. Skip to main content. The Sleek, Ergonomic and Stylish Design For a long time, medium format film cameras have been the standard for high-end professional photographers.

So how does the Digital Medium Format image compare to its scanned-film counterpart? Workflow While this camera works well using a CF card, its true abilities shine when tethered and used with the Phocus software. Latest Discussions Raphael S.