HASSELBLAD HC 35mm F3.5

Review and Photo example of the HASSELBLAD HC 35mm F3.5.

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Hasselblad HC 35mm F3.5 is a wide-angle, 35.8mm focal length lens for Hasselblad H series cameras. Since it is an HC series, when used with medium format cameras H series, it covers sensor size up to 40.2 x 53.7mm, and the focal length is approximately 24mm.
This lens can be used with X1D, X1DII, 907X, and X2D via X H Lens Adapter or XH CONVERTER 0.8.

  • Focal length approximately 29mm when using X H Lens Adapter
  • Focal length 23mm when using XH CONVERTER 0.8

Due to the lens specifications of the HC 35mm, it is not possible to use x1.7 teleconversion with the Hasselblad H series and X series. The guard at the rear end of the lens is made to interfere with the teleconverter and cannot be physically installed. HCD 24mm, HCD 28mm, and zoom lenses 35-90mm, which are in the same wide-angle lens category, have similar guards and cannot be equipped with a teleconverter.

The lens I own is a FUJINON brand lens that I bought at a bargain price, so the shutter speed is 1/800. Additionally, autofocus (hereinafter referred to as AF) cannot be used even if an adapter for using a lens with the Hasselblad X series, X H Lens Adapter, or XH CONVERTER 0.8 is attached to the camera.
When I checked the condition of the lens after purchasing it, there was some balsam wear, but it can’t be helped since it’s a vintage item and the price is cheap.

When I checked the lens information on the X1DII, the firmware was 9.0.0 and the number of shutters was about 1000.
The MF feel is good, and you can use the EVF’s focus magnification function to shoot at the desired focus point without any problems.
Since I have an HCD35-90mm, I can often cover the focal length of 35mm with that camera, but I purchased it thinking that I could take full advantage of the performance of the XH CONVERTER 0.8 with the HC35mm.

When using the X H Lens Adapter, there are no particular problems even under backlight conditions, and the image output via Phocus is focused without disturbance to the periphery, and there is no visible vignetting. I found it to be good enough to use with a 44×33 sensor. Even when using XH CONVERTER 0.8, we were able to confirm that the image was resolved to the periphery without any distortion, and that there was no vignetting (including Phocus correction). Unlike the 35mm focal length of the HCD35-90, it covers the full 23mm focal length.

In addition, when this lens is used with the LEICA S Typ007, AF can be used, so major wide-angle lenses such as 28mm, 35mm, and 50mm can now be used with AF.

The lens configuration is a complex retrofocus type with 11 elements in 10 groups, and when checking the lens specifications, the lens performance is similar to the HC50mm 1 type, and there is likely to be a decrease in image quality at the periphery, and distortion is up to 2% on the outside. It can be seen that there is a certain degree. The HC50mm was renewed to improve image quality in the peripheral areas, but the HC35mm was not. Do you think there is no problem with the performance of the current lens considering the mainstream sensor size? , because the 35mm range of the new zoom HCD 35-90mm lens had sufficient performance? We can speculate, but we do not have official information.

The lens alone weighs 1kg, and if you add the converter (175g or 430g) and camera (766g), it becomes 2-2.2kg, which is among the lightest for an X1D-II with an HC lens, but the lens barrel feels large. It is larger and heavier than a mirrorless camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor.

Specification

ItemValuenote
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
Weight(g)975
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

In order to mount an HC/HCD series lens on the X1D, X1DII, X2D, or 907X via a mount adapter (X H Lens Adapter, XH CONVERTER 0.8) and operate the autofocus (AF), a lens with an expanded lens firmware area of ​​18.0.0 or later is required.

Even if you apply firmware 18.0.0 or later to a lens before 17.0.0, the change cannot be made due to insufficient write area.

Lenses with an orange mark on the lens, commonly known as an orange dot, have lens firmware 18.0.0 or later and are 100% AF compatible.

However, there are also lenses without an orange dot that are AF compatible, and many lenses manufactured after 2010 with a lens serial number starting with V have an expanded firmware area and are likely to be AF compatible.

Lenses with a serial number starting with S are lenses manufactured in the 2000s and have firmware 17.0.0 or earlier without an orange dot.

There are exceptions to the above, and new firmware may be installed when the focus unit is replaced during lens repair.

The best way to determine whether AF is available on Hasselblad X-series lenses is not just to look at the serial number, but to check the actual lens firmware when you attach it to your camera.

All Fujinon-branded H lenses have old firmware and do not support AF.

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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  • 2024.03.24
  • 2022.03.23

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