Hasselblad has introduced its widest-angle prime lens ever, a 21mm f4.0 XCD mount model for its mirrorless digital medium format camera system. The new ultra-wide lens is equivalent to a 17mm in the 35mm format and gives a diagonal angle-of-view of 105 degrees. It’s the first of six new XCD lenses planned for 2018 which will bring Hasselblad’s mirrorless digital medium format lens system up to ten models. The optical design comprises 13 elements in nine groups, two of which are aspherical types to correct for distortion.
The new XCD 21mm has an aperture range of f4.0 to f32 and a minimum focusing distance of 32 centimetres which gives a maximum magnification ratio of 1:10. The focusing group is internal. As with all XCD mount lenses, it has an electronically-controlled leaf shutter which allows flash sync up at all speeds up to 1/2000 second. The longest timed shutter speed is 60 minutes. The new ultra-wide is also a comparatively compact lens, measuring 106 millimetres in length and weighing just 600 grams. The screwthread filter diameter is 77 millimetres.
Hasselblad products are distributed in Australia by C.R. Kennedy & Company, and for more information visit http://www.hasselblad.com.au