HASSELBLAD HC 4/210
This is a record of using the HASSELBLAD HC 210mm F4 with the X1D and X1DII (we think it is also applicable to the 907X).
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This is the 11th HC/HCD lens I have purchased at a reasonable price without orange dot from HASSELBLAD brand, so I knew that I could not use AF (auto focus) with X H Lens Adapter and XH CONVERTER 0.8 at shutter speed of 1/800. I also knew that since the lens was not that bright, a shutter speed of 1/800 would not be a problem.
After purchasing the lens, I checked its condition and found no major problems other than a loose hood.
When we checked the lens information on X1DII, we found that the firmware was 12.0.0 and the shutter counts was about 7,000 times.
The MF feel is good, and using the focus magnification function of the EVF, it is possible to take a picture at the target position without any problem. However, since it is a 210mm telephoto lens, X1DII without in-body image stabilization may shake the EVF image, making it feel uncomfortable.
When using the X H Lens Adapter, the image output through the Phocus formed an undisturbed image all the way to the periphery, which proved to be sufficient for use with the 44×33 sensor.
When using the XH CONVERTER 0.8, the image was also found to be resolved to the periphery with no image distortion (including Phocus correction).
In both cases with either adapter, there was some ghosting in some scenes without the hood in backlit conditions, perhaps due to the older lens coatings.
The lens construction is a relatively simple 6-group, 10-element Sonar-type lens with no aspherical lenses, which gives a slight impression of its age.
However, checking the lens specifications shows that the lens has excellent performance with no image quality degradation in the periphery and minimal distortion.
The weight of the lens alone is 1.32kg, and when the converter (175g or 430g) and camera (766g) are added, the total weight is 2.3 to 2.6kg, making it one of the heaviest X1D-II with HC lens.
The total length of the camera set, including the lens, is also long, making it difficult to carry the camera out of the house unless you are in the neighborhood or traveling by car.
The HC 210mm can be used with the x1.7 telecon and with the X H Lens Adapter*, it becomes a 359mm f/6.8 telephoto lens, which is dark but respectable.
With the XH CONVERTER 0.8, the lens is 287mm f/5.
(The focal lengths listed at left are for a 35mm sensor; the X1DII is 0.8x wider than that value due to its larger sensor size.)
Close-up photography is also possible using three different EXTENSION TUBES H (13mm/26mm/52mm).
The HC 4/210 is a telephoto lens with a focal length of 211.1mm for HASSELBLAD H-series cameras, and since it is an HC series lens, when used with the HxD medium format camera, it covers a sensor size of 40.2×53.7mm with a focal length of approximately 141mm. mm.
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 169mm.
When using the XH CONVERTER 0.8, the focal length will be 135mm.
|Lens configuration||6groups 10elements|
|Lens max diameter(mm)||86|
- 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.
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.
- HASSELBLAD HC210mm official introduction page
- HASSELBLAD H-series Extension Tube official introduction page
- Hasselblad Lens Production Year Confirmation web site