The previous post about the Hasselblad H4D-40 has officially become the most read thread on this blog ever! There has been so much interests in it from both clients as well as photographers about this new tool that we are using.
One other thing that the Hasselblad can do very well over the 35mm DSLR is the optics that are made for it – sharpness and contrast aside, they have excellent flare control and here’s an example of what exactly I’m talking about.
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L mk II probably has the best flare control in my canon range of lenses. Lens hood were mounted on the respective lenses to minimise flare and both filters were spotlessly clean when we shot these. Note that both the camera angle and light position were kept constant (mounted on tripod). Camera setting are identical, ISO 400, 1/20s shutter speed, f/8 for this test.
Hasslelblad H4D-40 with 35-90mm aspherical
Canon 1Ds mark III with 16-35mm mk II
I’m sure the results speaks for itself. The Canon suffers from contrast loss as a result of the flare, whereas the Hasselblad truly shine in this area. That’s another 1 more point for the Hasselblad!