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‘The new Hasselblad H6D will change the way I work forever’

Leading commercial photographer and trainer Karl Taylor explains why the awesomely fast tethered file transfer speeds of the new Hasselblad H6D and its giant 3.0” touchscreen interface are going to transform the way he works in the studio.

As one of just a handful of photographers around the world that had the opportunity to get hands-on with the hotly anticipated new Hasselblad H6D before its official launch day, Karl Taylor was looking forward to a testing studio session that would enable him to really put the camera through its paces.

Photo by Karl Taylor on his H6D-50c

What he came away with was a realisation that things would never be the same again as he quickly fell in love with the line-up of features that the new flagship model comes equipped with.

“When I first saw the camera I thought it looked a lot like the H5D,” he says, “which was a good thing because the ergonomics and handling of the H5D is, to my mind, pretty much perfect. I then noticed some of the obvious changes, such as the 3.0” touchscreen at the back with the silver trim and the more inclined viewing angle. Then the orange shutter button jumped out at me, which shocked me for a while, but as I became more familiar with the camera the orange ‘identity’ started to grow on me, and now I prefer the more refined numbers, letters and styling.”

Photo by Karl Taylor on his H6D-50c

Working in the studio gave Karl the opportunity to work with the camera tethered, allowing him to experience first-hand some of its most impressive new features. “For me the new USB.3.0 Type-C connector and the large touchscreen interface are the most useful features on the camera,” says Karl. “I usually prefer to shoot tethered as I really like to see the images in great detail and examine them on a big screen, but now I can do that on the camera. It was also easier for me to change the camera settings because they’re all there nice and big at eye level and you don’t have to climb up to look down at the top LCD screen anymore.”

“Using the touchscreen, it’s easy to change the aperture, shutter speed or white balance, and it was all very smooth and sensitive: a little like my iPhone screen in terms of tactility.

“I also relished the opportunity to work with USB 3.0, which is more than five times faster than my H5D-50 with its Firewire connection. This would actually be my number one reason for moving up to the H6D, and it’s more important still when you consider how large the files from the new 100MP chip are going to be. As well as being faster, USB 3.0 also provided a more solid and robust connection, which is a big plus for my type of high-speed flash work.”

Photo by Karl Taylor on his H6D-50c

Karl only used the H6D for two days but in that time he was unequivocally won over, and he’s now intending to trade up as soon as possible. “I love everything about it,” he says, “from the video capability through to the faster 1/2000sec flash synch speed, which will help me achieve the look I like on location where I cut out the ambient light. And 16-bit images with up to 15 stops of dynamic range means more ‘data’ available in the raw file, which is going to be superb. Put simply this camera offers the highest quality output of any digital camera out there today and I can’t wait to get my hands on the H6D full-time: it’s going to change the way I work.”

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