This weekend I went out with some new gear to test, namely the Hasselblad H5D medium format DSLR and Hasselblad 300mm f/4.5 lens via BorrowLenses.com. The location of choice was Asilomar State Beach. The H5D has roughly twice the resolution as my Canon 5D Mark II with a whopping 40 megapixels per image. I had been curious to find out if Hasselblad’s reputation was hype or not. To cut to the chase I’ll tell you that the reputation is justified. Focusing just on resolution for the sake of this post I’ll tell you that working with a 40 megapixel image is breathtaking especially when Hasselblad optics reveal so much sharp detail.
Above is the original image I took (7304 x 4578 pixels) before cropping it down to a ~2:1 ration (7304 x 3539 pixels). This particular composition I knew ahead of time I’d crop down into a panoramic format as much of the extreme background and foreground were uninteresting and unnecessary to include.
Above is a tighter crop into the image to highlight the sharpness Hasselblad lenses provide. This particular image was cropped down to 2604 x 1953 pixels and below is a 1 to 1 crop of the original image.
In case you were curious this was the setup for the previous test shots. Expect a few more photos and thoughts on my experience with Hasselblad in the near future.
ISO 100, f/13, 1/350 sec, 300mm on a H5D-40