While the updated X1D II mirrorless camera is good news, perhaps even more interesting are two other Hasselblad digital medium format products announced at the same time. One is the revival of the CFV 50C capture back which is designed to work with the majority of older V System camera bodies (such as the iconic 500 series), and the other is the 907X, an all-new super slim-line body which accepts the current X System mirrorless lenses.
The 907x is a clever idea and leverages both the upgrades to the CFV II 50C back – with which it’s coupled – and the performance of the XCD lenses, but in a more classical medium format camera package than either the X1D or X1D II. Despite its very compact dimensions, the 907X retains the traditional chromed edges of the V System bodies with the leather-look inserts so it perfectly complements the new CFV II 50C in styling. The existing X mount adapters for the H System, V System and XPan lenses can also be used.
The new CFV II back incorporates many of the X1D II’s features, including full touch screen controls with a similarly-revised user interface and menu. It employs the same 51.3 megapixels CMOS sensor as the X1D II which has an imaging area of 43.8x32.9 mm and delivers a maximum image size of 8272x6200 pixels. The sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 100 to 25,600, and it can record full-resolution JPEGs as well as 16-bit RAW files. Of course, there’s no need for a shutter in the 907X body as the X System and H System lenses plus the majority of V System lenses incorporate leaf shutters.
Unlike with the earlier CFV backs, the battery pack is now fully integrated into the body and there’s in-camera recharging via USB-C. The monitor screen is now tilt-adjustable to mimic the effect of a waistlevel viewfinder. An optical viewfinder will be available as well as handgrip which provides a number of additional external controls (otherwise the CFV II/907X combo is virtually entirely operated by the touch screen). Hasselblad says it expects to launch both these products and the accessories by the end of the year.
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