The most beautiful Hasselblad camera review: In addition to the sense of ceremony, you can also gain these

On July 21, 1969, astronaut Buzz Aldrin took a giant step for mankind on the moon.

At that time, it was Aldrin's colleague Neil Armstrong and the Hasselblad camera in his hand that recorded this moment.

▲CFV-50C

16,436 days later, Hasselblad launched the CFV-50c, the first digital back for the V system, continuing this indissoluble bond with the moon into the digital age.

Now, on the occasion of the 20,000th anniversary of the human landing on the moon, Hasselblad’s CFV digital back has also welcomed its third product-CFV 100C.

With Hasselblad's top image quality and performance, the CFV 100C is undoubtedly Hasselblad's most up-to-date V system digital back. At the same time, it is perfectly compatible with accessories from the old era of the V system. It can also turn the Hasselblad 500CM into a medium format digital camera, making it a machine that connects Hasselblad's past and future.

most elegant camera

The most attractive thing about the CFV series must be its appearance.

The CFV 100C also uses the same back cover design as the Hasselblad CFV series digital back. The silver metal part is chrome-plated to give a high-gloss metal reflection effect as much as possible. Combined with the black matte skin, it can present a classic look. The taste of Hasselblad.

This shape was used from the first generation CFV-50c and continued to the CFV II 50C and CFV 100C. Except for the screen and button design of the first generation, as well as the small corner mark marking the model number on the fuselage, the materials and processing at other locations remain the same.

The purpose of this is also very clear, which is to ensure that the entire CFV series of digital backs can maintain a high degree of consistency after being connected to the Hasselblad V system camera module, and there will be no sense of inconsistency due to old and new models from different eras.

As long as your 500CM fuselage has not become combat-ready, you will definitely feel the same after connecting it to the CFV 100C.

There are no major changes in appearance, and Hasselblad has optimized and updated the details.

Camera updates often start with lightweighting. The CFV 100C body weighs 460g, which is 80g lighter than the previously launched CFV II 50C. The attached 907X has also undergone a lightweight update, from the previous 200g to 160g. Taken together, the two are 120g lighter. For a machine that has basically unchanged appearance and enhanced performance and image quality, the lightweight effect is still Very objective.

Different from conventional SLR style cameras, whether it is paired with the 907X or the old 500CM kit, the most standard way to hold the CFV 100C is to hold it in your hands and put it on your waist. Since both hands are used, and if the viewfinder is not used, it will not be raised to the same height as the head for a long time, so the change in weight will not be too sensitive.

Moreover, the weight of the camera is quite obvious. Even if you hold it with both hands, this long, small square with basically no ergonomic grip design is still quite heavy to hold. The advantage of lightweight may not be fully reflected in the handheld. If it is 120g lighter, it may not be so heavy when you carry it, or it may be less tiring to switch to one hand when adjusting parameters, but for daily use, overall No big changes.

If you're not used to holding it with both hands, Hasselblad has also prepared an external handle for this configuration.

The handle maintains the shape of the silver metal frame and black skin. It is connected to the CFV series back through an extension rod extending from the bottom. The extension pole has metal contacts that support data exchange and power supply, and the handle can directly control the camera without installing an additional battery.

The handle contains front and rear dials, a joystick to control the focus point, automatic manual focus switch and focus button, menu, playback and shutter button. Basically, all the buttons on the right hand area of ​​the SLR camera user are concentrated here, allowing 907X and The CFV 100C combo operates like a DSLR-like design camera.

If the optical viewfinder introduced by Hasselblad is added to the top of the camera, it will really become like that. This allows you to use the viewfinder like a SLR, or you can pull out the flip screen to have a waist-level viewfinder.

The position on the top where the viewfinder is installed also comes with contacts, which can be used with the adapter hot shoe accessory included with the camera to give the camera one more way to connect a flash.

The flip screen is the same as the previous generation. It is a 3.2-inch 2.36 million-dot touch screen. It supports two flip angles of 40° and 90°, and it also cannot be folded down.

The battery compartment and storage card slot are placed in the cover on the right side of the fuselage. The battery is the same 3400mAh battery as the X2D 100C. The card slot has changed from the dual UHS-II SD card slots of the CFV II 50C to a single CFExpress Type B card slot.

The cover uses a sliding switch structure with a spring, which is convenient to open and close. When it is opened, the dust cover will not be placed randomly, ruining the elegance of the fuselage.

There is a USB-C interface with a cover on the other side of the fuselage. The cover will automatically close when the wire is pulled out. It usually looks like the location where the model label is attached.

However, please note that when selecting the data cable, you must pay attention to the size of the interface, otherwise it will be stuck by the cover when it is connected and taken out.

The combination of CFV 100C and 907X is in one word, elegant in appearance.

Whether you use them to take pictures, hold it in your hand and let others take pictures of you, or take it out of Billingham's camera bag before taking pictures, you can interpret this elegance.

The neat and square shape has a novelty from the old era. Hasselblad’s persistence in skin, metal frame, cover, to overall design processing and workmanship has made the 907X and CFV 100C exquisite, and they are called the most beautiful products in 2024. The camera is no exaggeration either.

The most elegant camera, is it easy to use?

Just use one sentence to summarize the configuration of CFV 100C, that is:

Connected to the new version of 907X, it is the Hasselblad V system version of X2D 100C.

First of all, the CFV 100C is equipped with a 43.8×32.9 mm back-illuminated 100-megapixel medium-format sensor. The sensor’s native ISO is as low as ISO 64. It supports 16-bit color depth and 15-level dynamic range. The basic specifications are the same as the X2D 100C. The dynamic range It is one step higher than the CFV II 50C equipped with a 50-megapixel 4433 medium format sensor.

▲ 100% zoom

After the pixels are increased to 100 million, the most intuitive performance lies in the details.

After the photo is enlarged to its original size on the computer, the details are still clear and sharp. For example, the CFV 100C can express the textures on the eyes and sculptures completely clearly after seeing the photos.

The advantage of high pixels also facilitates cutting. The CFV 100C provides a variety of cutting modes directly in the camera, such as the more common 1:1 medium format and Hasselblad’s iconic XPAN wide format, both of which can be directly used with CFV Shoot at 100C.

This sensor has 16-bit color depth and 15 levels of dynamic range, and the transition between light and dark is particularly delicate. The color part has the blessing of HNCS Hasselblad natural color. For daily use, you can get good results directly in the automatic white balance mode.

In addition, Hasselblad will have a very strong sense of transparency when shooting straight out. With the support of high-pixel sensors, it can bring a visual impact similar to 3D. This effect can be used when shooting at night in rainy days. Especially obvious.

Like the X2D 100C, the ISO range of the CFV 100C is 64-25600. The highest gear is the same as the CFV II 50C, but the low sensitivity can be reduced to the native ISO 64, which is more useful when shooting landscapes.

The ISO performance is the same as that of the X2D 100C, which has the same pixels. Even if it is a medium format sensor, the clean and usable gear of the 100-megapixel CFV 100C is still above ISO 6400. At ISO 12800, noise will start to become obvious, and at ISO 25600, the dark parts will be like sandpaper. .

Although with some post-processing, ISO 12800 can still be used, and the normal usage scenarios of CFV 100C do not need to be that extreme. But if you want to take daily street photography or capture photos in places with a large range of light changes, you must consider the upper limit of ISO.

In terms of performance, the CFV 100C performs the same as the X2D 100C. The focusing system of the fuselage adds phase focusing support, and it can basically achieve the level of pointing at a stationary subject.

The response of the CFV 100C touch screen is very fast. When I use it, I feel that the response is faster than that of the X2D 100C. With touch-sensitive controls and upgraded focus efficiency, the CFV 100C is much more comfortable to use. As long as the subject is at the same distance from you, the shooting experience is still very good, unlike the CFV II 50C and X1D2 50C that lost focus if you moved.

However, the CFV 100C still does not have continuous focus, and the medium-format body is more likely to have a shallow depth of field effect, so it is best to check the focus point again after the subject moves, and it will be more difficult to capture changes in distance.

What affects sports shooting is anti-shake.

Hasselblad may have considered that the CFV 100C is fixed on a tripod most of the time for relatively fixed scenes such as shooting style and studio shooting, as well as the structural design of the digital back itself, so it did not add the five features of the X2D 100C to it. Axis anti-shake structure.

Considering that when taking pictures with high pixels, the problems of focus loss and shake will be magnified, so when choosing a safety shutter, you cannot go to such extremes. If the X2D 100C has five-axis anti-shake, it can be a guarantee. If the CFV 100C does not have it, it will be tight sometimes.

After actual use, I found that the 907X and CFV 100C, which require both hands to hold and the shutter is placed in front of the body, are okay.

The inter-lens shutter is light enough and does not have a big impact on shooting. In addition, the camera itself is not held high and is still held with both hands. When shooting with this camera, the impact of hand shake is not much. I even sometimes hold the camera pan and pan to take motion blur photos. If the success rate is 7-80%, it's still pretty good.

In addition, CFV 100C also provides continuous shooting, but because the 16-bit 100 million pixel photos are too large, even the CFV 100C with a built-in SSD is difficult to achieve the continuous shooting speed of a 135 camera. The most here also provides 3fps. Continuous shooting can only be achieved by adjusting the photo color depth to 14bit.

But we also consider the usage scenarios of the camera. Continuous shooting is not important for the CFV 100C. If Hasselblad provides it here, I believe it is just made. In fact, there are no scenes where you need to worry about this.

As for the rest of the camera, the CFV 100C performs as well as the X2D 100C.

The camera's opening speed and control response speed are a level higher than that of the CFV II 50C. The cold start speed after unplugging is the same as that of the high-end 135-frame main models currently on the market.

There is a 1TB SSD storage inside the fuselage, and it only takes about 7 minutes to copy the 312GB material inside to my MacBook Pro using a data cable that supports high-speed transmission.

As for the battery, the CFV 100C uses the same battery as the X2D 100C. It comes with a PD 30W charging set, but the fast charging on the body only supports 12W.

Considering that most operations of the CFV 100C rely on the touch screen, and that it also takes high-pixel and large-capacity photos continuously, the battery life is still a bit tight. For daily use, it is recommended to always have a charging combination that supports two batteries and one charge. It will be safer to also equip a mobile power supply that supports PD 30W when shooting fixedly.

When connected to the 907X, I think the combination of CFV 100C and 907X performs quite modernly. Whether it is focus, control response or actual film yield, it can meet my requirements for a modern mainstream camera.

Of course, the biggest charm of the CFV 100C is naturally to combine it with the old-era V system bodies and turn them into digital cameras. This time we use the Hasselblad 500CM to try it.

After connecting to 500CM, CFV 100C provides two modes:

  • Take photos directly with CFV 100C, use electronic shutter for back metering, and adjust shutter parameters on the back
  • CFV 100C is used as a real back. The metering and shutter required when taking pictures are all completed on 500CM.

The first mode is easy to understand and the simplest to operate.

CFV 100C has a real-time display, and the light and dark changes caused by parameters will be reflected in the picture. In addition, there is a peak focus display when focusing with a manual lens connected to the back. As long as users have used a mirrorless camera to adapt a manual lens, it is basically not difficult to take this shot.

It may take some time to get used to this action when changing the holding hand from two-handed to one-handed when pressing the touch shutter, but it is the easiest to use and has the lowest threshold.

If you want to transfer the work of controlling exposure to the 500CM, the operation will be much more difficult.

Before shooting, CFV 100C needs to set a fixed value like film. When shooting, you need to use a light meter to measure the light. After the light meter is completed, set the aperture and shutter on the lens and then focus. Finally, you can take pictures… the whole process It is much more complicated and the pace is much slower than when it is directly dominated by digital.

Of course, participation in filming has become higher at this time. ISO, aperture, and shutter are completely controlled by yourself, and coupled with the impact of the physical large screen of the 500CM waist-level viewfinder, you will find the playability of this purely manual shooting.

Whether you shoot with a 907X or a 500CM body, the imaging of the CFV 100C can maintain the same level. Hasselblad said that the HNCS launched this time has spent more effort on film texture restoration, and will have more film texture when presenting colors. The CFV 100C shows a sense of transparency under the combination of different new lenses and new bodies, but There is a greasy feel from the film era in it.

Elegant camera, elegant to use

In addition to the main experience this time, many colleagues who like to take photos are interested in this "most beautiful camera" and they also tried it out.

The first is the photographer Junjie who is responsible for shooting hard candy products. He is a professional counterpart and talked about the imaging quality of CFV 100C from the beginning:

This time I took Hasselblad around the park. After playing it, I felt that the detail processing ability is really strong. When zooming in, the transition between virtual and real levels is very delicate. I experienced the "airy feeling" in the photo. I was able to combine the highlights and the details in the later stage. The details in the dark areas are brought out, and the latitude is excellent.

▲ Photographer Junjie’s works

Junjie, who used 907X and CFV 100C for shooting, and also directly used Phocus, can clearly experience the texture and benefits brought by the combination of Hasselblad cameras and HNCS:

What I like most is Hasselblad color, which is very good at restoring real-world colors. I basically don’t need any filters in post-production, just fine-tune the brightness and darkness to produce the film.

Next is Master Guan, the videographer of the Aifaner video team. In addition to shooting videos, he also uses a camera to take pictures, and occasionally takes some film.

He is also accustomed to the SLR-shaped body and thinks this is an elegant camera that brings a sense of ceremony:

It is not a highly efficient machine for shooting, but it is full of ritual, elegant, and so elegant. I have already named it as the best camera of the year in 2024 in advance. Coupled with the medium format large base and the unparalleled image quality of 100 million pixels, in the words of my friend: as long as you hold it, even if you appear on the street If you order a plate of rice rolls and a bottle of glass soda at the food stall, you will not be exuding the roughness of the market, but a low-key and down-to-earth quality of life.

In addition to the style brought by the fuselage, Master Guan, who asked me to lend him the 500CM during this experience, also talked about his feelings about using the CFV 100C to connect to the 500CM:

The CFV 100C can be connected to most V system camera bodies and lenses after 1957 to take pictures. It is hard to imagine that in 2024, you can adapt a camera body from 60 years ago to take pictures. The concept of 60 years is equal to the camera your grandfather used when he was young and passed on to you. You can say that Hasselblad’s craftsmanship has continued this inheritance for more than 60 years, which is very humanistic. You can also say that Hasselblad’s design is very advanced. Even if you look back at the body design of 60 years ago, it is still timeless.

Then the person who experienced the camera was Caca, an operations colleague of our company. This lady is good at using various camera apps on her mobile phone to record her daily life. She also had some connection with Hasselblad's 500CM before.

It's just that she didn't use the 500CM this time, but directly chose the new machine. For her, the elegant styling of 907X and CFV 100C is what attracts her the most:

Qianqian got started and experienced the big toy with "100 million pixels" + "80,000 yuan". When I got it, I felt it was full of texture. It is the best-looking camera in my opinion!

▲ Works photographed by Caca

I usually take pictures with my mobile phone every day. When I switch to the camera, the first feeling is that it is a bit heavy, which kind of gave up the idea of ​​taking it to sweep the streets. However, the original picture after the shutter sound is really amazing. I will work hard to take it out. The extent of training the biceps, looking forward to an in-depth experience. I personally prefer to use it to shoot landscapes with light and shadow, after all, to shoot people (it depends on whether it can withstand the magnification of 100 million pixels).

The shape is light and elegant, the control is simple, and it is paired with the same Hasselblad-style high-pixel imaging performance. Whether you are a photographer or not, as long as you like taking pictures, these will be the reasons for you to choose the CFV 100C combination.

There are many usage scenarios for it. You can put it on a tripod, set up the camera next to mountains and woods, and leisurely take pictures of landscapes, time-lapses or starry skies; you can pair it with a 500CM body and then walk to the street. , record other people’s lives in the old-fashioned way; you can also simply install a 907X body and a new-generation XCD lens, and match it with a good-looking original shoulder strap, making the camera become your portable pendant…

For it, taking pictures is its main business and elegance is its core.

Hasselblad combines it with the V series of film cameras. What they want to inherit is not only the design and brand culture, but also the texture and elegance of the styling and shooting experience based on the V series.

Some people may think that this does not achieve the highest shooting efficiency, but that is not what Hasselblad wants to do. Even though the focus has been upgraded this time and high-speed built-in storage has been added, Hasselblad does not want to increase the efficiency of the CFV 100C to the same level as the X2D 100C. They just want this machine to be more stable and convenient to use. There is no need to rush around due to lack of performance when using it, and you can be more elegant when taking photos.

▲ Hasselblad X2D 100C

If you are pursuing work efficiency and stability, then using X2D 100C is the most accurate choice.

But if you decide to choose 907X and CFV 100C, it means that what you need is not efficiency, but a different photography experience.

Then when shooting, you should put aside the distracting thoughts of pursuing efficiency and follow the camera's guidance to take pictures to experience the feeling of Hasselblad.

after all:

The most beautiful and elegant camera should be taken and used elegantly.

What a camera needs should not just be efficiency

When I was experiencing the CFV 100C combination with my colleagues, I came to the conclusion that “appearance” is the most mentioned point.

Many colleagues said that they feel that current cameras and even mobile phones are sufficient for taking pictures, and it is much more convenient to take good-looking photos. If we really want them to be motivated to change their cameras, then the first consideration is now that they look good and are playable enough to control.

They mentioned not only the combination of 907X and CFV 100C, but also the recently popular Fuji X100VI and Nikon's newly launched full-frame Zf. If these models were listed in Xiaohongshu, they would all be popular star products. .

▲ Canon EOS R6 MARK ii

As someone who relies on cameras for a living, I also understand the truth:

The camera is a tool. It has evolved to become so ugly today just to make it more useful.

This weird warship head design and strange button layout are made to improve shooting efficiency. If, for the sake of appearance, the holding handle is flattened like an old film machine, and the PASM dial is split into independent aperture, ISO, shutter dials, etc., this will be somewhat inefficient for users who are accustomed to new generation designs. Influence.

But after I experienced the CFV 100C, I also understood that modern cameras give up a lot of things for efficiency and automation.

The design tends to be unified, and the user's participation in shooting is also declining. There are fewer differences in experience when using it. After the machine becomes smart and efficient, the participation in control is low, and shooting can provide less fun. Coupled with the same appearance, people naturally have no intention to upgrade or purchase equipment.

On the contrary, if it can have its own characteristics in appearance and control while ensuring performance and image quality, it will definitely be favored by everyone.

▲ Fuji X100 VI

The combination of 907X and CFV 100C, as well as the X100VI born when Fujifilm stuffed an X-T5 into a small rangefinder body, are all very successful examples.

▲ Sony’s ILME-FX3 is positioned as a professional video production machine

Even shortly after the launch of the Sony FX3, many users called this camera with the FX series color scheme a "high-looking Sony camera." Even if not all film and television practitioners want to buy it, it can be seen that everyone is interested in this. Hungry and thirsty.

After all, the public is not all photographers, but players who want to use cameras to obtain different shooting experiences.

Authors of this article: Guan Wenjie, Liang Menglin

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