Review and Photo example of the HASSELBLAD HC 210mm F4.

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  • The sample photos were taken with the X2D
  • The sample photos were taken with the X1D-II(X1D2)


HC 210mm F4 is a telephoto lens with a focal length of 211.1mm for HASSELBLAD H series cameras.
Since it is an HC series lens, when used with a medium format camera HxD, it covers sensor sizes up to 40.2 x 53.7mm, and the focal length is approximately 141mm. When used with X series (X1D, X1D-2, X2D, X907) cameras, the focal length is as follows when used via X H Lens Adapter* or XH CONVERTER 0.8*.

  • Focal length 169mm with X H Lens Adapter
  • Focal length 135mm when using XH CONVERTER 0.8

The HC 210mm can be used with a x1.7 teleconverter, and when equipped, the focal length will be as follows.

  • 359mm F6.8 when using X H Lens Adapter*
  • 287mm F5 when using XH CONVERTER 0.8*

The focal length above is the value for a 35mm sensor, and when used with an X series camera, the focal length will be 0.8x wide angle from that value.

When using the Hasselblad X1D-2, X2D, X H Lens Adapter, and XH CONVERTER 0.8, the image output via Phocus is focused without distortion to the periphery. I found it to be powerful enough to use with a 44x33mm medium format digital sensor.

The focus ring on the lens is smooth and manual focusing feels good, and you can use the EVF’s focus magnification function to shoot exactly where you want without any problems. The minimum shooting distance is 1.8m, but if you want to shorten the distance even further, you can take close-up shots using three types of EXTENSION TUBES H (13mm/26mm/52mm).
However, since the X1D-2 is a 210mm telephoto lens and does not have in-body image stabilization, the EVF image may shake and feel uncomfortable. Also, perhaps because the lens coating is old, ghosting may occur and contrast may decrease when shooting without a hood under backlit conditions.

This is the 11th HC/HCD lens I’ve acquired, and I bought a Hasselblad brand without orange dots at a bargain price, so I knew that the shutter speed was 1/800 and autofocus (hereinafter referred to as AF) could not be used. Since the lens wasn’t that bright, I decided that a shutter speed of 1/800 would be fine.

When I checked the condition of the lens after purchasing it, I found no major problems other than the hood being loose.
When I checked the lens information on the camera, the firmware was 12.0.0 and the number of shutters was approximately 7000, which gave me plenty of leeway. When it breaks, it may break and the number of uses doesn’t matter, so it’s a relief.

The lens alone weighs 1.32 kg, and if you add the converter (175 g or 430 g) and camera (766 g), it becomes 2.3 to 2.6 kg, which is in the heavy class for an X1D-II with an HC lens. The overall length of the camera set including the lens is long, so you won’t feel like taking it with you unless you’re walking around the neighborhood or by car.


focal length(mm)211.1
Maximum aperture4
Minimum aperture45
Lens configuration10elements in 6groups
Minimum distance(m)1.8
Lens length(mm)168
Lens max diameter(mm)86
Filter diameter(mm)77
HC 210mm レンズ仕様書(英語)

Accessory compatibility

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

AF support

For the orange dot lens, AF is available on the X1D,X1DII,907X and X2D, 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,907X and X2D 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

There are HC lenses from the Fujifilm brand SUPER EBC FUJINON that can be used with the HASSELBLAD HC camera, but only lenses with a maximum shutter speed of 1/800. Compared to the latest maximum shutter speed of 1/2000, the range of expression is narrower. Also, because the lens firmware is old, it is not possible to apply HC lens firmware 19.1.0, which is required to use autofocus (AF) on XCD mount cameras X1D, X1DII, 907X, and X2D.

Therefore, AF cannot be used even if it is attached to an XCD mount camera via two types of mount adapters, X H Lens Adapter, and XH CONVERTER 0.8.

Fuji Film brand HC lenses are not covered by Hasselblad’s repair support, and since Fuji Film no longer provides repair support, there is nothing that can be done in the event of a breakdown. Fuji Film brand H lenses are sold cheaply, but you need to be aware of this when purchasing.

If it is a Hasselblad brand HC lens, even old lenses can be repaired at Hasselblad for a fee.

Since HC lenses are manufactured by Fujifilm, a mount adapter (H MOUNT ADAPTER G) is also available for the Fujifilm GFX series, which has the same sensor size as the X1D, X1DII, 907X, and X2D. This is for MF (manual focus) only, but you can use not only the camera’s mechanical shutter but also the lens shutter.

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Update history

  • 2024.04.23:modified article
  • 2022.03.25:firest post

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