H5 System

H5X

Versatility comes to the fore again from Hasselblad by offering a body that uses H5 technology, with all its advantages, together with the opportunity of exploiting HCD 24mm, HCD 28mm and the HCD 35-90mm lenses with film magazines and 3rd party digital backs.

Although aimed primarily at current H1, H2, H2F and H4X users wishing to upgrade to H5 capabilities, the H5X can naturally act as a backup for H5D users too. For 3rd party digital backs, the H5X offers the same functionality as the H4X.

Wide range of high performance lenses

The H5X lens program is designed and engineered by Hasselblad to meet the highest optical performance specifications. The HC and HCD lenses cover a wide spectrum of focal lengths and feature the fastest and most precise auto-focus system there is today. The unique HCD 24mm wide-angle lens, the HCD 28mm and the HCD 35-90 zoom lens have been tailored for digital use with a 36 × 48mm sensor, and only a slight drop in performance is experienced at the edge of the image when working with larger sensors. The integral lens shutters allow for flash sync up to 1/800 second. The lens shutter also provides silent and vibration-free operation.

Superior viewfinder program

The viewfinder is the most important interface between the photographer and the subject. The large and bright viewfinder of the H5X camera shows the image crisp and clear, letting you work even in dim lighting with perfect results. The HV 90X viewfinder covers the full area of the HC lens line and offers near 100% image view and eyesight dioptre correction. The large eyepiece also allows full image view even when wearing glasses. The HVD 90X has been optimised for digital work with the digital sensor size of 36 × 48mm. The HVM, a waist-level viewfinder,  is available as an accessory.

Full H1 and H2 functionality – and more

The H5X is designed to provide the same extensive functionality as the H1 and H2 cameras. It also adds a number of new functions such as:

  • True Focus
  • HCD lens compatibility
  • HVD 90x viewfinder optimised for 36 × 48mm format
  • HV 90x-II viewfinder optimised for the film and 40.2 × 53.7mm format
  • High power AF illumination
  • Number of Profiles increased from 4 to 8
  • More programmable button options

True Focus and Absolute Position Lock

True Focus helps solve one of the most lingering challenges that faces serious photographers today: true, accurate focusing throughout the image field. Without multi-point autofocus a typical autofocus camera can only correctly measure focus on a subject that is in the centre of the image. When a photographer wants to focus on a subject outside the centre area, they have to lock focus on the subject and then re-compose the image. In short distances especially, this re-composing causes focus error, as the plane of focus sharpness follows the camera’s movement, perpendicular to the axis of the lens.

Camera type
SLR type camera with interchangeable lenses, viewfinder and magazines
Lenses
Hasselblad HC and HCD lenses with integral lens shutter. Autofocus or manual focusing. All C-type lenses from the V system with optional CF lens adapter
Shutter
Electronically controlled integral lens shutter in each lens. Shutter speed range 1/800 s to 18 hours
Image format
56 x 41.5 mm (Width x Height)
Viewfinder options
HV 90x: 90° eye-level viewfinder w. diopter adjustment (-4 to +2.5D). Image magnification 2.7 times. Integral fill-flash (G.No. 12 @ ISO100). Hot shoe for SCA3002-system flashes from Metz™
HV 90x-II: 90° eye-level viewfinder w. diopter adjustment (-4 to +2.5D). Image magnification 2.7 times. Integral fill-flash (G.No. 12 @ ISO100). Hot shoe for SCA3002-system flashes from Metz™
HVD 90x: 90° eye-level viewfinder w. diopter adjustment (-5 to +3.5D). Image magnification 3.1 times. Integral fill-flash (G.No. 12 @ ISO100). Hot shoe for SCA3002-system flashes from Metz™
HVM: Waist-level viewfinder
Focusing screen
Acute Matte type D with markings for spot metering area and AF sensitive area. Optional screens with grid and/or format markings available
Focusing
Automatic and manual focusing. Instant manual focus override. AF metering with passive central cross-type sensor. Metering range EV 1 to 19 at ISO100. High power white focus assist LED for low light conditions
Focusing modes
Manual with optional focus indication in viewfinder, Single shot AF and Continuous AF. Focus lock available in AF modes either with shutter release or any of the four programmable buttons. True Focus to compensate for focus shift when re-composing
Flash control
Automatic TTL-OTF centre weighted system. Uses built-in flash or flashes compatible with SCA3002 (Metz™). Output can be adjusted from -3 to +3EV. For manual flashes a built-in metering system is available. ISO range 16 to 6400 (excluding any exposure adjustment)
Exposure metering
Metering options (with HV 90x-II and HVD 90x): Spot, Centre Spot and Centre Weighted. Metering range Spot: EV2 to 21, Centre Weighted: EV1 to 21, CentreSpot: EV1 to 21. Exposure lock with separate button on camera
Exposure modes
Manual, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Programmed and Programmed Variable
Automatic bracketing
Available with 2, 3, 5, 7 or 9 frames. 1/3, 1/2, 1, 2 or 3 EV step. Exposure sequence can be changed
Interval timer
Maximum 32 frames with film (unlimited with digital back). Interval time can be set from 1 second to 1 hour
Multi exposure
Number of exposures can be set to 2, 3, 4, 5 and no limit. Available with film only
Flash metering
Available when using manually controlled flashes
Flash sync speed
Flash can be used at all shutter speeds up to 1/800 s. Flash can be synchronized in the beginning or at the end of the exposure
Flash sync connection
TTL hot-shoe on viewfinder or standard PC connector on camera body
Digital Compatibility
All Hasselblad H5D, ixpress, CF and CFH digital backs. 3rd party backs that were compatible with the H1/H2 cameras
Camera displays
Two dot-matrix LCD’s, one on the camera grip and one in the viewfinder
Power supply
Rechargeable Li-ion battery. 2900 mAh
External dimensions
Camera body: 144 x 110 x 88 mm
Weight
Camera body: 830g

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H5D Instructional Walk-through - Part Three
H5D Instructional Walk-through - Part Four
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