Adam Weist

Adventuring Through the Subtropical Rainforests and Active Volcanoes of New Zealand


I'm generally drawn to rugged, diverse landscapes with dramatic and unforgiving conditions, and New Zealand is a dead-on match for these criteria. I was inspired by the idea of being able to photograph scorched volcanic terrain, dense rainforests, glaciated peaks, and untamed coastlines over the course of one week, rather than limiting myself to a single environment.

–Adam Weist

Franz Josef National Park, South Island

As the world turned upside down for many in March 2020, Los Angeles-based photographer Adam Weist found himself removed from it all on the other side of the world in the middle of New Zealand’s magical scenery. Shooting with the X1D II 50C in wild conditions ranging from the middle of a downpour in subtropical rainforests to a snowstorm on an active volcano, Adam’s images expose the beauty of the country and transport us to a landscape photographer’s dream.


Franz Josef National Park, South Island

Franz Josef National Park, South Island

Arthur's Pass

Coupled with the outstanding image quality, the X1D's ability to consistently perform during intense, unpredictable weather makes this camera indispensable for adventure photographers. I've shot in nearly identical conditions with other full-frame, “weather-sealed” camera bodies in the past, and many of them either stopped working during the shoot or developed chronic issues with the buttons and performance down the road. I never experienced any problems whatsoever with the X1D. The body was lightweight and easy to carry during long hikes, particularly when paired with the XCD 45P lens. 


Roy's Peak, Wanaka

Roy's Peak, Wanaka

I think this was the first time I've ever laughed out loud while editing photos from a trip - that’s how blown away I was by the quality and dynamic range of the X1D files. I had a blast just seeing how far I could push the highlights and shadows before noticing any deterioration in the image quality (spoiler alert: it was a lot). I've honestly never seen anything like it. 


Roy's Peak, Wanaka

Because of the X1D's high-resolution files, I could crop the photos to oblivion and still be left with a strikingly sharp and printable image.


Milford Sound & Fiordland National Park, South Island 

Milford Sound & Fiordland National Park, South Island 

The colors captured by the X1D were vivid, accurate and realistic, with a very pleasing look straight out of the camera. New Zealand is a country where the full spectrum of colors are on display, including just about every shade of green imaginable. I was consistently blown away by the depth of color the sensor captured and how well it picked up the nuances of each individual hue. As a result, I found these images much quicker and easier to edit than those of other cameras I’ve used in the past. 


Tongariro National Park, North Island

ABOUT ADAM WEIST

Graduating from New York University in 2013 with an economics degree, it didn’t look like a creative career was in the cards for Adam Weist. But after accepting a finance job on the other side of the United States, in San Francisco, Adam decided to drive cross-country and backpack through the mountains of Wyoming, Montana, and California on his way over. Upon arrival to SF, a long-dormant passion for the outdoors had awakened in him and he was hooked on nature. Almost instantly, Adam developed an obsessive passion for photography and exploring the wilderness. Since that summer, he has visited and photographed over half of the United States’ National Parks, 20 different countries, and nearly every US state. “I've found that I'm most inspired by dramatic, remote locations and fully immersing myself in foreign cultures. I strive to capture photos that inspire viewers to get out of their comfort zones, explore, and experience the beauty of Earth's wild places for themselves, just as I did,” says Adam. See more of his work here or on his Instagram @adam.weist.


Sean Conboy

Capturing Architectural Grandeur with the XH Converter 0,8

Sean Conboy put the XH Converter 0,8 to the architectural test, photographing the exquisite interior of the Winter Gardens Blackpool in England. Combining it with the HCD 24mm on the X1D II 50C, the Converter allowed for the H System lens to achieve an extremely wide-angle 19mm focal length, letting him capture the full grandeur of the venue.

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Tom Oldham

Unlocking New Lens Opportunities with XH Converter 0,8

As one of the first to try out the new XH Converter 0,8 on the 907X 50C, British photographer Tom Oldham executed a brilliantly dynamic studio session with Greek model and activist Billie Dellios. Allowing H System Lenses to be used on X and 907X cameras with a wider field of view and improved maximum aperture, the XH Converter 0,8 opened Tom’s typical portrait-taking style of shooting on f/11 to a wide f/1,8 to create stunningly bold visuals.

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Isa Leshko

ALLOWED TO GROW OLD: ELDERLY ANIMAL PORTRAITS PRESERVED ON THE 503CW

As a project that started off with confronting her own mortality after caring for her mother suffering from Alzheimer’s, Isa Leshko embarked on a decade-long project photographing elderly farm animals. Creating connections with pigs, cows, turkeys, and sheep, among others, Isa captured the unique personalities of each animal on film through the lens of her Hasselblad 503CW.

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Dino Kužnik

The Solitude of the American West

With an affinity for photographing the American West, Slovenian creative Dino Kužnik embarked on a two-week road trip across Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico after months of lockdown in his New York home base. Used to shooting on medium format film, Dino opted for digital medium format using the X1D II 50C and XCD 45 and 90 Lenses. Driving through the earthy terrain of the rugged desert landscape, Dino’s images let us travel back in time to an America of yesteryear.

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Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda

Expanding their Visual Universe with the 907X 50C

Drawing inspiration from Hasselblad’s long legacy, creative duo and Hasselblad Ambassadors Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda tried out the new 907X 50C to create imagery that celebrates some of Hasselblad’s most renowned features. Expanding on their own visual universe – including a cloning situation, blending in with a record player, and mapping out their own constellations – each of the photographs give a nod to the camera’s long-lasting build, classic design, and innovation behind the technology that also led to working with NASA.

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Sven Baum

Cinematically Documenting Newborn Life with the XV Adapter

For almost a year, self-taught photojournalist Sven Baum has been documenting the life of his first newborn daughter, Romy. Steering away from posed, stiff baby portraits, Sven uses the X1D, various XCD lenses, and the XV Adapter with Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm and Distagon 50mm lenses and a 21mm extension tube to capture cinematically cut and color graded imagery that tells an honest story about growing.

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Simon Norfolk’s Lost Capital

CAPTURING THE EMPTY STREETS OF LONDON AMIDST A PANDEMIC

Suddenly stripped of its usual hustle and bustle, cars and trucks, and the constant foot traffic of locals and tourists alike, Simon Norfolk unearthed a new side of London with the X1D II. Getting lost in the sharp lines and curves of the buildings that are usually concealed by the city's hyperactivity, all its glorious architecture shone forth like never before.

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Digitally Reproducing Leonardo da Vinci’s Early Works in 3D Interactive Models with the Multi-Shot

Reproducing some of Leonardo da Vinci’s early sketches as digital versions, the Department of Architecture at the University of Bologna used the H6D-400c Multi-Shot in combination with their own developed software to create 3D models of these art pieces that are hundreds of years old.

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