For the last couple of years I’ve been using a Hasselblad camera. Most of my shoots have been with a rental in London as buying this this beast is not feasible for me at that time. In 2013, however, I decided to invest in one and get the “just released” H5d-40 camera for our new studio in New Delhi.
In a few months since the Hasselblad purchase, Nikon released the 810 camera model and I was blown away with the speed and versatility of the 810. I found myself using the 810 in practically most of my shoots due to its convenience, lighter weight, and amazing speed. My Hasselblad H5d-40, meanwhile, sat idle for a couple of months waiting for the next big moment.
The next big moment arrived in Aug 2014 when I decided to photograph my son with the Hasselblad. Took a few shots and then to my horror there was a red patch on all images. Surely it wasn’t my son acting weird that could have caused that to happen. I sent a RAW file to my Hasselblad representative and 2 days later they responded back, confirming my fears, that the sensor on the camera was damaged. Given the defect they decided to replace the camera with a new one.
Then came a wait period of 2 months given that I was only scheduled to fly back to London in early November. It also gave me 2 months to reevaluate my choice of cameras and think if I should upgrade to either the new Hasselblad H5D-50 C, the Hasselblad H5D-50 wi-fi, or the Hasselblad H5D medium format camera. Given that I mostly shoot in studio and that large prints are important to my clients, I decided that the Hasselblad H5D-50 medium format was the best camera for my use.
I returned back to Delhi a week ago. However, given that I was away for almost a month I had a huge pile of to-do’s that needed my immediate attention. That meant that testing the Hasselblad H5D-50 was put on the back-burner.
Yesterday though I got a chance to put the new Hasselblad H5D-50 to the test. Seeing the digital images in their full glory (on screen at a 100%) and in print – they blow the doors off any Nikon or Canon I’ve ever shot.
One of my first reactions was that with a Nikon and Canon I have become too trigger happy and it means much more time in front of the computer and less time behind a camera – with a Hasselblad H5D-50, I can see that it would be the reverse.
What also impressed me is how easily one can hook up a Hasselblad H5D-50 camera to an iPad – and with the iPad’s Retina Display the RAW images look spectacular. What this allowed us to do is show the parents the images in real-time and make adjustments on the fly.
The size of the RAW images is massive. Measuring 8176x6132 means printing 6 feet long posters should be a breeze.
My next goal is to use the 120mm macro lens on newborns and capture their teeny tiny toes.
Here are some images from the first tests with this camera
Raw Image at 100%
Final Edited Image