HASSELBLAD HC 3.5-4.5 / 50-110

This is a record of using the HASSELBLAD HC .5-4.5 / 50-110 with the X1DII (I think it is also applicable to the X1D and 907X).

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It was the last HC/HCD lens I purchased, used but in average condition with 1254 shutter counts.
The lens was an older model lens without an orange dot, and was purchased with a maximum lens shutter speed of 1/800, X H Lens Adapter, and XH CONVERTER 0.8 with firmware (10.0.0) that does not allow AF (autofocus).
The lens diameter is 100mmm, an intimidating lens that seems to confuse first-time viewers.
The focus ring and zoom ring are both wide enough to allow for smooth focal length changes even with manual focus, and the focus peak is easy to grasp when viewed through the EVF, so focusing is not a problem.
From my experience with the HCD35-90, I know that an AF system that allows you to focus only on the zoom range is convenient, but you can get by without it.
As you can imagine from the chunky exterior, the lens is heavy and feels like a block of glass.

The shutter is an older model with a 1/800 shutter speed, but the low, restrained shutter sound is pleasant.
The combination of X1DII and XH CONVERTER 0.8* sometimes causes a lens recognition error, but it is used as is.
I feel that it is correct to say that the descriptive performance is as good as a single focal length, partly because the focal length is 2x and the zoom magnification is suppressed.
The official recommendation is to store the lens with the lens tip facing up, as the lens core will shift if it is placed horizontally for a long period of time. In the case of used lenses, it is best to check the operation of the zoom ring and focusing ring and avoid lenses that do not work properly, since it is not known how the lens was used.
The focal length of an old standard zoom lens is covered from about 32mm to 88mm with the use of the X H Lens Adapter* or XH CONVERTER 0.8.

The HC 3.5-4.5 / 50-110 is a 2x zoom lens covering a focal length range of 50mm to 110mm for HASSELBLAD H series cameras.
Of the two rotating rings, the front of the lens is the focusing ring and the rear is the zoom ring.
When zooming, the lens length changes with the focal length adjustment.
The HCD 35-90mm, which is also a zoom lens, uses the trendy inner focus system.
The lens itself weighs 1.65 kg, making it the second heaviest lens after the HC 300mm.

Since this is an HC lens series, it covers the sensor size, 53.7 x 40.2 mm.
The lens with the orange dot has a lens shutter with a maximum speed of 1/2000, while the unmarked lens has a lens shutter with a speed of 1/800.
The X1D/X1DII can use HC lenses via the X H Lens Adapter* or XH CONVERTER 0.8.

  • When using the X H Lens Adapter, focal lengths range from 40mm to 88mm.
  • When using the XH CONVERTER 0.8, focal lengths range from 32mm to 70mm.

focal length(mm)50 to 110
Maximum aperture3.5 to 4.5
Minimum aperture32
Lens configuration14elements in 9groups
Minimum distance(m)0.7
Lens length(mm)152
Lens max diameter(mm)103
Filter diameter(mm)95
HC 3.5-4.5/50-110 lens Specification

Accessory compatibility

  • Converter H 1.7x (x1.7 teleconverter) can not 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), 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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