This is a record of using the HASSELBLAD HC 35mm F3.5 with the X1D and X1DII (we think it is also applicable to the 907X).

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This is the 10th HC/HCD lens I have acquired.
Since I purchased the FUJINON brand lens at a discount, I knew that I could not use AF (auto focus) with the X H Lens Adapter* and XH CONVERTER 0.8* at a shutter speed of 1/800.
After purchasing the lens, I checked the condition of the lens and found that it had a little balsam loss, but I guess that’s to be expected since it’s an old lens and the price is very cheap.
I checked the lens information on X1DII and found that the firmware was 9.0.0 and the shutter count was about 1,000 times.
The MF feel is good, and using the focus magnification function of the EVF, it is possible to shoot at the target position without any problem.
Since I have the HCD35-90mm, I can use that in many cases, but I purchased the HC35mm because I thought the XH CONVERTER 0.8* would give me full performance with the HC35mm.

When using the X H Lens Adapter, there were no problems even in backlit conditions, and the images output via Phocus showed undistorted image formation to the periphery and no peripheral fading, indicating that the performance was sufficient for use with the 44×33 sensor.
When XH CONVERTER 0.8 was used, the image was also resolved to the periphery with no image distortion and no peripheral fading (including Phocus correction).
Unlike the HCD35-90’s focal length of 35mm, it covers a focal length of 23mm.

The lens construction is a complex 10-group/11-element retrofocus type, and checking the lens specifications, we can read that the lens performance is similar to that of the HC50mm1 model, with a worrisome peripheral image quality degradation and distortion of up to 2% on the outside. The 35mm was not renewed. Was it judged that the performance of the current lens would not be a problem due to its compatibility with mainstream sensor sizes? Or because the 35mm range of the new HCD 35-90mm zoom lens was sufficient? I do not have any official information, although I can speculate on my own, for example.

The weight of the lens alone is 1kg, and adding the converter (175g or 430g) and camera (766g) gives 2-2.2kg, making the camera relatively easy to carry as an X1D-II with an HC lens attached (easier than with the HCD35-90mm attached, which is over 2.6kg in comparison).
Two types of adapters allow you to use different focal lengths: 29mm and 23mm.

The HC 35mm specifications do not allow the use of the x1.7 telecon for the Hasselblad H and X series. The guard at the rear end of the lens is designed to interfere with the telecon and cannot be physically attached (HCD24/HCD28 also have a similar guard and cannot be attached).
Close-up photography is possible using three types of EXTENSION TUBES H (13mm/26mm/52mm).

The HC 3.5/35 is a wide-angle, 35.8mm focal length lens for HASSELBLAD H series cameras.
Since it is an HC series lens, it covers up to a sensor size of 40.2 x 53.7 mm when used with the HxD medium format camera.
The focal length would then be approximately 24mm.
The X1D/X1DII (907X) can use this lens via the X H Lens Adapter or XH CONVERTER 0.8.
When using the X H Lens Adapter, the focal length is approximately 29mm.
When using the XH CONVERTER 0.8, the focal length is approximately 23mm.

focal length(mm)35.8
Maximum aperture3.5
Minimum aperture32
Lens configuration10groups 11elementsretrofocus-type
Minimum distance(m)0.5
Lens length(mm)124
Lens max diameter(mm)100
Filter diameter(mm)95
HC 35mm lens specification

Accessory compatibility

  • Extension-Tube-H (H13/H26/H52) can be used.
  • HTS 1,5 TILT AND SHIFT ADAPTER can be used.
  • Image circle covers up to medium format film size.
  • Converter H 1.7x (x1.7 teleconverter) can not be used.

AF support
For the orange dot lens, AF is available on the X1D/X1DII (907X), but it only works with the latest firmware 19.1.0, so if you have 18.0.0, you need to update the firmware. In fact, when I purchased the camera, the firmware was 18.0.0, so the AF did not work when I tried it. After purchasing the camera, I updated the firmware and was able to get the AF to work.
If you have firmware 17.0.0 or earlier, you cannot update the firmware because the firmware area is not enough for 19.1.0.
The AF speed when used with the X1D/X1DII (and probably the same with the 907X) is not quite as fast as that of a professional SLR, but if you choose a high contrast area, the camera will focus without hesitation, which is easier to use than fast but confusing AF, and is sufficient for my needs.

About FUJINON lens
HC lenses are available under the FUJI film brand (SUPER EBC FUJINON) and can be used with HASSELBLAD HC cameras, but the shutter unit is only available in the 1/800 era (this is not critical) and the lens firmware is old (this is critical). It is not possible to install the firmware (HC lens firmware 19.1) required to use AF (auto focus) with XCD mount cameras (X1D, X1DII, 907X).
Therefore, the AF function cannot be used with XCD mount cameras (X1D, X1DII, 907X) via a mount adapter (X H Lens Adapter, XH CONVERTER 0.8).

HASSELBLAD brand HC lenses are not covered by HASSELBLAD’s repair support and are no longer supported by FUJI FILM, so they cannot be repaired in case of failure.
FUJI brand HC lenses are sold at low prices, but care should be taken when purchasing them.

Since HC lenses are manufactured by FUJIFILM, the FUJIFILM GFX series, which has the same sensor size as the X1D, X1DII, and 907X, also offers a mount adapter (H MOUNT ADAPTER G). This one is exclusively for MF (manual focus), but it can use the lens shutter as well as the mechanical shutter on the camera side.

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