Union, NJ—The Hasselblad XH Converter 0,8 brings new opportunities to Hasselblad photographers. It gives them the ability to utilize an entirely different set of H system lenses.
Moreover, when used on HC/HCD lenses attached to an X system or 907X camera, the converter reduces the lens’s focal length by a factor of 0,8x. Subsequently, it delivers a wider field of view and improves the maximum aperture of the lens by two-thirds of a stop. In addition, the XH Converter 0,8 improves lens performance in terms of contrast and apparent sharpness across the entire frame.
Hasselblad XH Converter 0,8
“An impressive combination for maximizing aperture is achieved when attaching the XH Converter 0,8 to the HC f/2,2 100mm lens,” the company announced. It transforms the aperture and focal length to f/1,8 and 80mm, respectively. Consequently, it creates an extremely fast aperture that’s quicker than the XCD f/1,9 80mm lens. Until now, that was the highest aperture lens option for X and 907X camera systems.
An example of reducing focal length with the XH Converter 0,8 is when it’s combined with the HCD f/4,8 24mm lens; it creates an aperture of f/3,8 with a 19mm focal length. This results in an even wider lens option than the existing XCD 21 lens—the widest lens in the X system.
The XH Converter 0,8 joins a range of Hasselblad adapters and converters. They include the XH lens adapter, which allows the use of all 12 H system lenses on X and 907X camera systems.
The addition of the new converter now provides these systems with enhanced functionality for H lenses. In addition, H system users who decide to branch into the X or 907X systems will also gain more versatility from their HC/HCD lenses.
The company notes, however, photographers must update all H system lenses with firmware 18.0.0 or later to the newest version 19.1.0 to work with the XH Converter 0,8 and achieve autofocus. Other H system lenses (except HC 120 and HC 120 II) with firmware older than 18.0.0 will work only in manual focus mode. Hasselblad also notes that only HC/HCD lenses with firmware 18.0.0 or later are able to update to 19.1.0.
The Hasselblad XH Converter 0,8 has a suggested retail price of $944.