The Hasselblad legacy starts in 1941 and now comes full circle as one of the few remaining Ross HK-7 aerial cameras, one of the company’s first developments, is photographed with the H6D-400c Multi-Shot – the latest ultra-high-resolution camera system. The HK-7 was recently acquired by the Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden and serves as a historical milestone for how far the company’s dedication to technological development has grown.

The story starts amidst the toils of World War II with an aerial camera recovered from the German army. Victor Hasselblad, who’s name had been established as an optical and photographic expert thanks to the family’s distribution business, was approached by the Swedish government to replicate the captured camera. Faced with the task of reverse-engineering the device, Victor simply responded, “No, but I can make a better one.” Shortly thereafter in the spring of 1940, he established a workshop in the shed of an automobile factory and set forth on what would become the world’s most recognized professional camera system.

Thanks to the superb image quality of the H6D-400c Multi-Shot, high resolution documentation of the HK-7 aerial camera is possible, allowing for archival preservation of this historical artifact. With a maximum resolution of 400 megapixels, best in class optics, and industry-leading image processing algorithms, the H6D-400c MS captures every minute detail and near-microscopic level of information.

Since its launch over ten years ago, Hasselblad’s Multi-Shot imaging technology has become an industry standard in the fields of art reproduction and cultural heritage. Professionals rely on Multi-Shot cameras to faithfully document precious paintings, sculptures, and artwork for the posterity of history. As the only professional medium format system to feature Multi-Shot technology, Hasselblad continues to be the standard choice for institutions, organizations, and museums worldwide to record priceless artifacts in the highest image quality possible.

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About Hasselblad

Founded in 1941, Hasselblad is one of the leading manufacturers of digital medium format cameras and lenses. True to its Scandinavian heritage, Hasselblad cameras are renowned for their iconic ergonomic design, uncompromising image quality and extremely high performance. For over half a century, Hasselblad cameras have captured some of the world’s most iconic images – including the first landing on the Moon – and helped shape the way we look at the world through genuine photographic artistry. Trusted by NASA and used by some of the greatest photographers in the world, Hasselblad continues to develop products that enable all types of creatives to capture their artistic vision.

Hasselblad’s H and X Camera Systems and their superb range of medium format lenses fuse innovative technology with precision mechanics, delivering exceptional imaging experiences for every sort of photographer. The highly professional H System, with its latest line up of the H6D-50c, H6D-100c and H6D-400c Multi-Shot, offers the ultimate image quality and resolution with 50, 100 and 400-megapixel solutions. The more portable X System easily enables bringing medium format photography outside of the studio with options that include the world’s first compact mirrorless digital medium format camera – the X1D-50c – followed by the second generation X1D II 50C. Combining the CFV II 50C digital back and 907X camera body, Hasselblad’s photographic history is connected, bringing the X, H, and V Systems together in a portable, sleek package.

Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, Hasselblad is a global brand with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Shenzhen with distributors located throughout the world.

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