LIGHT ENOUGH FOR ANY ADVENTURE
The XCD 4/45P is the world’s lightest digital medium format autofocus lens on the market today, weighing 320g (0.7 lbs). Its compact, lightweight build combined with world class optics makes it the perfect lens for travel, exploration, and documentary.
As the most lightweight member of the X System lens range, its size perfectly complements the compact X1D II body. Like the other XCD Lenses, the XCD 45P has an integral central shutter offering a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronisation up to 1/2000s.
The XCD 4/45P takes high quality imaging even further out into the world. Designed for the utmost in portability, the 45P stands as the most lightweight and compact member of the XCD lens family. Weighing in at only 320g (0.7 lbs), about the same as a professional hot-shoe flash, this makes it the world’s lightest digital medium format autofocus lens on the market today. The XCD 45P allows photographers to bring high quality optics on any adventure, ranging from travel photography across deserts and up mountains to urban exploration and documentary. Minimal weight combined with superior image quality, the XCD 45P coupled with the X1D II and Phocus Mobile 2 lets creatives go physically further with their creative visions with lighter gear in their kit and a highly portable workflow.
HIGH QUALITY OPTICS IN COMPACT DESIGN
The XCD 45P features an optical design incorporating two aspherical elements, resulting in state-of-the art optical performance within compact dimensions. With a minimum focus distance of 35cm (13.8 in) and a maximum image scale of 1:5.2, the XCD 45P is even suitable for food or still life photography. Its mechanically connected focus ring gives the lens a responsive and accurate manual focus experience. Just as the other XCD lenses, the XCD 45P is uncompromising in its build quality, technical excellence, optical performance, and balance in handheld use in addition to its built-in leaf shutter that allows for flash sync up to 1/2000s.
The XCD 45P has been designed with discreet portability in mind and thanks to evolved designs, both the autofocus motor and leaf shutter have been reduced in audible noise. Photographers will find that the new XCD 45P leaf shutter is less audible than many focal plane mechanical shutters.
The XCD 45P lens is a very innovative product for the X System. The main innovation is of course the compactness (it’s shorter than the first XCD 45) which makes the lens more portable and compact, especially for photographers that like to walk around in nature or the city with their X1D paired with a light lens. It was a very clever idea to create a more compact lens because the 45mm focal length can be adapted to many situations, conditions and subjects. I tested the XCD 45P to immortalize the beginning of winter in the Dolomites, marked by snowy hills, valleys, little huts and sharp peaks in the background. What I also appreciated when photographing with this lens was that it is very silent and really sharp.
I was immediately impressed with how compact and quiet the XCD 45P lens is. Travelling internationally and shooting mostly in urban and street environments, portability while not sacrificing quality can be difficult to achieve. The Hasselblad XCD 45P lens paired with the X1D II 50C provides me an unrivalled quality and portability in one system.
This lens enables full, intimate portraits with a minimal depth of field and pinpoint sharpness – glorious capabilities to apply to street shooting. It is unobtrusive and low key, lightweight and so readily portable.
Shooting medium format to this quality, with this much spontaneity was great fun and the results sing this result loudly.
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X1D II 50C + XCD 4/45P
© TOM OLDHAM MODEL: WEBSTER
X1D II 50C + XCD 4/45P
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