Hasselblad XCD 45P: World’s Lightest Medium Format 45mm f/4 Lens

Hasselblad recently unveiled the XCD 4/45P f/4 45mm lens which happens to be the world’s lightest medium format autofocus lens. On full-frame cameras, its 45mm focal length will be equivalent to 36mm. Since it is designed for X-Series medium format mirrorless cameras, Hasselblad XCD 45P weighs only about 320 grams (0.7lbs). Not only it is light, but also compact with a depth of 47mm. It’s amazing to see how the company manages to pack all the medium format goodness in a light and compact form.

Featuring an optical design with 9 elements in 7 groups, this lens offers an outstanding image quality. Additionally, the 2 aspherical elements protect the image from aberrations. As a benefit, the images look sharp and crisp with better contrast qualities to it.

One of the major improvements in Hasselblad XCD 4/45P is the reduction in noise. Both the autofocus motor and leaf shutter now produce lesser noise than ever. This makes it an ideal choice for photographers who do not want the subject to get distracted by noise.

The built-in leaf shutter offers full flash synchronization up to 1/2000s. In terms of focus, XCD 45P comes with a mechanical focus ring for accurate and precise focus control. With a minimum focusing distance of 35cm, this lens allows you to get pretty close to your subject without losing focus.

XCD 45P is a perfect companion for Hasselblad X1D II 50C which is the company’s second-generation X System medium format mirrorless camera. Both the lens and camera body boast exceptional performance in a compact yet medium format.

If you’re into architectural photography, you will be amazed by the stunning results this lens can produce. It really shows the power and beauty of a medium format that you don’t get with a full-frame format.

Pricing and Availability

Hasselblad XCD 4/45P medium format 45mm f/4 lens will release in late January 2020 at an affordable price of €1,199 / £1,030 / CNY¥ 8999 including VAT and $1,099 / JPY¥130000 excluding VAT.

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Ishaan Sarna

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