Tag Archives: Hasselblad

Hasselblad Masters to wait eight months for their prizes

16 Jan

Hasselblad has announced the winners of its Hasselblad Masters 2016 competition, but they’ll have to wait until photokina in September to receive their prizes – a new Hasselblad medium format camera each. Perhaps this means that Hasselblad will announce a new camera at the trade show, which might be worth the wait – after all, we were promised that the time of whimsical management decisions at Hasselblad (Lunar, Stellar, HV) were over.

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Q: Who is the most collaborative camera manufacturer?

13 Sep

A: As of June this year, the answer would have to be Panasonic. They are working with Olympus on the Micro Four Thirds standard, with Leica on compact and bridge cameras, and now with Fujifilm on sensor technology. An honorable mention goes to Sony, who provide their sensors to a number of other companies, including Pentax, Nikon, and Olympus, but do not integrate others’ technology into their own products, with the exception of Zeiss lenses. Sony has also been allowing Hasselblad to rebadge some of its cameras as fashion accessories, in a move that many believe is ill-fated on Hasselblad’s part but carries little risk to Sony.

On the flip side, the title of least collaborative company may go to Canon, and there’s not much to say about that, really. Among other less collaborative companies, we find Samsung, Pentax, and Nikon. Samsung uses Schneider-Kreuznach lenses in some of its cameras, and has previously shared sensor technology with Pentax, prior to the latter’s move to Sony. Nikon has recently switched its sensor supplier from Sony to Toshiba, for the D7100. Pentax also apparently takes Tamron lens designs and rebadges them as its own.

Kickstarter for retro-fitted Hasselblad digital backs looks workable

11 Sep

A number of design innovations have gone into the Hasselnuts digital back system (with patents/design patents pending, it seems), which would fit an iPhone to a Hasseblad V system camera in such a way that the full medium format frame would be recorded on the iPhone.

This will benefit users looking for an inexpensive way to move the usage experience of an old Hasselblad into the digital age, with the characteristic aspect ratio, field of view, depth of field and subtle vignette as the camera would have when used with film. Colour depth, dynamic range and low light performance will, however, depend on the recording device – an iPhone in this case. The system must be used with a dedicated app in order to ensure shutter sync, and this may also be where characteristic film grain would be produced (which is claimed as one of the features), as well as possible colour manipulations now or in future (“film simulation”).