My Top Picks and Recommendations for Hasselblad Lenses


welcome back everyone in this video we’re going to talk about hosel blood lenses this is the 25v and about a month ago when this came out and was announced I did a first look video on this it’s a lens that I’ve really been enjoying using it is absolutely phenomenal but when I did that video in fact anytime I do a hustle blood video I end up getting a lot of questions and so I wanted to address some of those in this video and I want to talk about some of the differences in the wide-angle prime lenses that hustle blood have to offer so inevitably the first and most often asked question that I get about hustle blood lenses is about availability because what’ll happen is these lenses come out and they’re kind of out of stock at hos blood’s website and B&H and all those places and people get very frustrated because they can’t get their hands on them or find them in stock and all I can say to you guys is you really do need to pre-order these lenses if that’s what you want they come in small batches hosel blood as a company is not as big as Nikon Sony Canon they do not produce lenses in the volume that those companies do they’re one of the two European companies you’ve got Leica and Hasselblad and the way it works is they work things in smaller numbers now I think the good side of all that is that when they are out of stock and they do sell out really quickly that’s a good sign for hustel blood and it shows the popularity of the products but if you do in fact want to get one of these lenses it is best to pre-order it you’ll probably have to wait just a little while before you get it sent but that at least puts your place in line so I wanted to address that because I always get asked about that all right so another question that I get asked a lot about is we have the original hos blad xcd lenses now we have the V series lenses and we have the P series lenses lenses what is the difference between those okay so let’s start with the p lenses in fact just to give you a general overview of everything when the xcd mount came out in 2016 that was hustle Bloods fora into mirrorless medium format before that we had the H system and the older cameras and in the digital realm those were still mirror cameras they were slrs so this was their first mirrorless camera so when they originally came out there was an original set of lenses and they really didn’t have any designation to them they’re really good lenses all of them and so I would say a couple years ago house blood came out with the first lens in the series which was the 45p now the 45p P stands for portable so the lens is smaller and it comes in at a much more affordable price point so what do you give up with a p lens well you really don’t give up any compatibility it’s still an xcd mount lens it just has that designation because the p lenses will cap out at about F4 in fact they cap out at exactly F4 all of them are F4 lenses there are two in the lineup right now the 45p and the 28p so you can see they are smaller as a result and a lot of that has to do with a lower maximum aperture now they’re still very great lenses you still can get bokeh you can still get Shad dep the field it’s just not as shallow or as separated out as you’re going to get with the 2.5 lenses so that is the biggest difference in those so everything is the same Mount that we’re talking about they’re all compatible and those are the big differences with the pine all of a sudden we have a line of lenses and I would imagine there’s going to be more down the road house blood really don’t do road maps anymore but that’s the designation of the P lenses they are portable then we have the V series of lenses and the v stands for versatile the V series of lenses debuted when the x2d was released last year and we had three of them that came out at that time that were announced we had the 38 the 55 and the 90v so those are all V lenses v stands for versatile and these all have a wider maximum aperture of f2.5 as a result they are going to be bigger lenses but the image quality is going to be considerably higher as well you’re able to get more glass in here the idea is not to just build a portable lens it’s to build a versatile lens and so that’s what the v stands for the other big designation with the V lenses is that you do have the clutch system for manual focus on all the v’s so I can basically just go into manual focus by sliding that forward and then you have your depth of field scale you have hard stops even though it is focused by wire at the ends so if you want to get to minimum Focus or the maximum Focus distance it’s really easy to do that so that’s another big difference between the V and the p and then just the original xcd lenses that were released and of course all these lenses that we’re talking about the original lenses the P lenses and the V lenses are all xcd lenses which means they’re compatible with the marless hosel blood so this started with the x1d we move forward they’re compatible with everything all the way up to the x2d and everything that’s going to be in this system to come they’re also compatible with the 907x which has the removable back this is the modular camera system and I say this because this gets confusing to people too because we tend to refer to these as V Systems so it makes it sound like only the V lenses will work on the V system and that is not accurate they will work on any of the hos blood marless cameras it’s all the same amount another thing that I want to point out about all of these lenses is that the design when hos blood went to marless they’ve always been known for using Leaf shutters in their system and the reason for this is because hos out have a long history of being Studio cameras is that you can get flash sync all the way up to the highest shutter speed it doesn’t cap out at two 1 250th of a second so that means if I have a lens that can go all the way to 1/ 14,000 of a second I can Flash SN at all of those shutter speeds so that is important to know the leaf shutter lives in the lens so each one of these lenses contains a shutter and so a focal plane shutter lives in the body and it sits right over the focal plane whereas these are a little bit different they live inside the lens so that’s another thing to know about all the lenses that we’re talking about with the release of the 25v you can now see that HBL has a really strong lineup when it comes to wide angle primes and I want to talk about some of the differences between these because people will ask well which is the best which one do you prefer so we’re dealing basically on the wide end with re primes right now we’re going to be talking about the 25v we’re be talking about the 28p as well as the 38v which came out last year all these are incredible lenses start with the 38v so the 38v or the 38 mm lens remember this is medium format so the full frame equivalent would be about 30 mm it has a 70° field of view this is a very efficiently designed lens I think the maximum aperture it’s V lens so it’s f2.5 features 10 elements in nine groups and weighs in at about 12.3 Oz or 350 G and the internal Leaf shutter goes up to 1 12,000th of a second in my experience the 38v is very usable it’s a really really nice lens and it is sharp you get an extraordinary level of detail even wide open field curvature is extremely well controlled and I think this is a really versatile lens this is one that you would be able to use easily for street photography for architecture it’s not as wide as the lenses we’re going to talk about today so it’s a little more narrow I think it’s going to give you an enormous amount of versatility I absolutely love the 38v so the next widest lens would be the 28p P standing for portable this is a very small lens maximum aperture is F4 it features nine elements in eight groups and it weighs in at a mere 8.6 Oz or 245 G this lens would be a 22 mm equivalent on full frame so it has an 89° field of view the internal Leaf shutter will sink all the way up to/ 14,000 of a second and of the three wides this I would argue is the one that I tend to carry with me the most now here’s the deal with F4 you’re going to be giving up a little bit of light you’re going to be giving up that really shallow depth of field however at this wide an angle I’m not really concerned with having a really shallow depth of field so F4 is just fine for me I would also argue that if you have the x2d you have inbody image stabilization which is absolutely fantastic so if I’m going to be out and about in other words I’m not in the studio this is the lens I tend to prefer for my wide because that p means it’s going to be smaller it’s going to be very portable and it’s just less to carry and the image quality is fantastic and of course we’ve got the 25v that I did a video on recently this is going to be the widest of the primes that we’re talking about in this video the 25v is going to be a full frame equivalent of about 19 mm so you’ve got a really wide field of view at 95° this is actually the largest lens in the V series it’s got 13 elements in 10 groups it weighs in at 1.3 lb or 592 G so you can see it’s considerably heavier but still manageable it is worth it for the image quality on this maximum aperture is f2.5 of course another thing that I want to mention about all the lenses that we’re looking at here and I think that hustel blad’s Engineers have done a really nice job about this they all have the same filter threading of 72 mm why is that important well if you’re out and about and you’ve got a bunch of lenses with you you don’t have to bring multiple filter sets or adapters to adapt filters to different size lenses it’s all the same it’s 72 mm across the board nice touch and of course another lens that I at least want to mention is the older 21 mm lens this is a really wide angle lens the full frame equivalent is about 17 mm I reviewed that lens when it came out as one that I have never owned I have rented it on occasion and it doesn’t make as much sense for me to own personally and the reason I say that is because I tend to shoot 50 mm and out and so when I go with wide angle lenses I’m using them a lot less and an ultra wide angle like that I just use the least now having said that is when you need that lens you need that lens and so I do rent that when I need it and it is an excellent lens uh despite it being slight slly a little bit older than the others but I did want to mention that just because it exists and I wanted to stay consistent now with the newer lenses the V series and the P series I get asked a lot which one I recommend for somebody who wants to get into this system and I think that it really is going to come down to your needs as a photographer everybody’s a little different so it’s hard for me to make just a recommendation saying I like this one the best the other thing that I think is important to realize that even though these are all wide-angle lenses especially the 25 and the 28 it’s really easy to look at those and say oh well those are so close and FAL length that doesn’t matter and actually when you get into wide angles and that’s why I mentioned the field of view when I mentioned all these examples because it does get radically different there is a big difference between a 28 and a 25 especially when we’re talking about medium format also want to talk about crop factor for a second because it’s a little bit different when we get into medium format so with fullframe mirrorless we’re dealing with the classic 35mm 2×3 aspect ratio on all of your shots you can crop and post or whatever you want but that’s what the camera natively shoots the medium format camera is natively shoot a 645 format so it’s a little more like a 4×3 it’s a little bit different than 35 mm so depending on what you want to do these cameras and hos blad has always been in position with Studio cameras where cropping probably is going to happen that’s why they’re really high megapixel that’s why they also offer all these internal crop modes on the camera that I end up using quite a bit I love the xand format I will shoot that I always shoot Raw on these cameras and what I love is that it brings in the crop when you go into Lightroom or Focus or whatever software you’re using but it saves all the raw data also so if I want to recrop it or if I want to do something different with it I certainly have that as an option the other crop modes that I use a lot because I come from a 35mm background and I’m so used to that aspect ratio is I will actually do a 2×3 aspect ratio internally in the camera there’s two ways you can handle this the first one is to use the full width of the sensor and it just crops the top and the bottom so you kind of have a crop factor for for full frame there the other way you can do is actually crop in on the sensor so it is exactly what you would get on a full frame and it’s a higher megapixel count you get a 66 megapixel image when you do that of course you shoot raw and it does save all the data that is cropped out so if you want to recrop it later that is certainly a possibility that’s one of the things that I love about these cameras so when we talk about the crop factor on medium format right now with these cameras it’s 79 that’s going to be what you multiply to get to your focal length equivalent for full frame because it’s larger but it just depends on what it is that you’re doing with it and so that’s another thing that I want to say so having said that you get a lot of Versatility out of all these lenses and of course if you get serious about the blood system I think owning all these is actually pretty important the 38v is an incredible lens I think there’s a reason that I use the 28p quite a bit and it’s because it’s portable and I can carry that around I’ve been doing a whole series of images uh we have an art museum here in Fort Worth that was designed by T Ando who’s the famous Japanese architect from Osaka it’s a beautiful building and I love the fact that he works in this big concrete gray uh structure but then when you have people in art in the images they really just kind of contrast in such this beautiful way and so I’ve been shooting that a lot and one thing I take over there just cuz it’s lightweight and it’s easy and I can just throw it in a bag and go is the 28p that’s kind of my go-to lens for something like that however if you’re shooting something more specific and you want a higher image quality than what the P lens is going to give you or you need that wider aperture than I think either of the V lenses are the way to go so I hope that uh answers more questions than it creates but uh anyway if you guys have any further questions on hosle blate system please drop them in the comments below I will see you guys in the next video Until then later

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Great stuff from Blad as always but availability and the long wait was the reason I did NOT get into this system.

  2. @ClearComplexity

    Good video, for now I'm happy with my Pentax 645Z and mountain of 645 glass, both vintage and recent, for large format on digital. TBH, my K-1.ii with sensor shift enabled rivals if the scene allows for it… then again, some of my MFT gear rivals it if it's totally still, and I can use hires modes (handheld hires on a tripod makes for easy high quality astro shots on a relative budget, K-1.ii has Astro tracer too). I'm constantly on the lookout for a good used G9.ii, will be interesting to try handheld hires and tripod hires on it compared. I only mention those modes because architecture was mentioned in the video, and that's the primary reason I use it across my cameras. Well, more abandoned architecture with nature reclaiming, but it helps with capturing the fine details either in sharpness or color wise with my MFT, KP, and K-1.ii.

    I really wish Sigma would release an updated fp L that would support a new line of lenses with leaf shutters. Really I wish it would be closer to an SD Quattro body but cut down for L-mount and with a tilt screen and ibis, but that probably isn't going to happen. If it did, the current specs otherwise in the fp L would make an amazing camera with leaf shutter lenses. I always use eshutter if possible, so only having it wasn't really a drag (don't need flash sync out in the rural towns/villages I shoot in), but Sigma has the ability to make that system that's relatively affordable and high enough resolution to compete with medium format on the low end while being compact.

  3. @SeanLuc_Photo

    Thanks for the video. I own the X1D version 1, along with the 45P and HC80mm with the adapter. I started shooting square and I find myself shooting all my images in that format. I forgot about the XPan so I will give it a go.

  4. @spoken2

    how is it that Ted doesn’t have a million subs ?!? how !

  5. @adamalthus

    Excellent video. Thank you! The 38v is my EDC lens. 80% of what is shoot is through this superb piece of glass.

  6. Thanks for the great video. Very informative.
    If you ask what lens you should buy to enter the system, you are not ready to enter the system.

  7. @BlazeFirereign

    It's worth pointing out that the 28P and 45P, while they're both 'P' lenses, are very different. The 45P is a "cousin" of the old XCD lenses. It focuses externally, slowly, and loudly; it has a mechanically coupled focus ring; and it has a 62mm filter thread (and is the only XCD lens with that thread size). The 28P is a "cousin" of the XCD V lineup, built the same way, with a quick internal focus-by-wire mechanism, a 72mm filter thread, and it's the only XCD lens that is officially weather sealed with an IP rating.

    They're both great lenses and can credibly form a 2-lens kit on their own, but they feel very different to use.

  8. @rf8221

    I've been able to get away with using my old HC lenses with an XH 0,8 converter. Personally I think they're still fantastic with the added benefit of adding 3/4 stop of light, and the converter improves lens performance as well. A downside of course is the size and weight so portability takes a hit. Just recently as of a few months Hasselblad released a firmware update that made all of their HC lenses compatible with the IBIS in my X2D which makes my HC 80mm and HC 100mm night photography kings. If you already own HC lenses you should squeeze more life out of them with the XH 0,8 converter it's an absolute must in my opinion.

  9. @riswanc

    My go to lens is 28p too, but i dont deny it, on certain occasions, the 38v will be my choice… while have a 55v is useful for portrait session, now im considering a 90v too, though right now im using the 90 3.2 when needed

  10. @patrikfager7796

    Hi! This was for me one of the best information you shared to us!
    I live in Sweden, and have been a Leica, Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, OM-System shooter, but I bought a Hasselblad XD1 type 4116, and I keep it forever. Not a fast camera, but it give so much back used the right way! And I can tell you all, that Im proud to use a Hasselblad camera!

  11. @astrostl

    Any thoughts on Lloyd Chambers' (diglloyd) evisceration of the V series over focus shift and/or field curvature? Everybody seems to love the lenses but him. Then again, few seem as detail-oriented as him.

  12. @AndrewBassonZA

    question when it comes to the X2D and lenses, I am looking at portraits and versatility, which hassy lens would you look at ? I am currently looking at something to buy, a camera and lens for studio use for portraits, i mainly shoot black and white

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