Hasselblad CFV-50c – Testing, Review, Dynamic Range & ISO

50mp CMOS – not its not the Canon 5DS – this is the Hasselblad implementation of the new medium format chip that hit the market in 2014. Check it out!

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25 Comments

  1. Peter Vandever
    April 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    +Matt Granger I am confused. Did they let you borrow it or did you buy it
    for your personal work? 

  2. Matt M
    April 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    Hi Matt. Someone mentioned to me a few weeks back that larger sensor
    cameras have issues with over heating during long exposures. Is this
    something you had to take into account at any point or is it a non-issue?

  3. Iesvilla
    April 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    Wouldn’t a Pentax be more sensible though? This sounds like the people who
    favor Leica over other brands despite underwhelming features. It’s more
    like a status symbol or jewelry than an actual working tool.

  4. Casa de Chrisso
    April 26, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    $100 a roll?! I don’t know… I’m shooting on a cheap camera, but a roll of
    the usual film (Tmax, Portra etc.) costs me about 5 Euros, developing it
    another 5, and then scanning, well that depends on how much you want. Of
    course professional Flextight scans from a service might be 50 a piece, but
    there are absolutely more affordable solutions. For the hobbyist a good
    Flatbed scanner might be enough, that’s already more than 5 MP. Next step
    up would be something like a Reflecta film scanner (I use a €400 one for
    35mm), those for MF cost around €1400 and deliver really good image quality
    – especially with Silverfast. I believe anything more than that would only
    be needed for that absolutely perfect image for your next art exhibition,
    or highest end professional use. 

  5. Mathias
    April 26, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    This is probably a blast to use, but you don’t just need the back, you also
    need the body and lenses. So you are looking at more like 20-30k, even more
    if you want AF.
    With that kinda money I would buy a new Nikon DX body instead (the crop
    factor is very useful for what I shoot), some new lenses and then I would
    spend the rest on one or two vacations to shoot at some really interesting
    locations.

  6. Tim Heubeck
    April 27, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    Hey Matt, nice video. I was just thrown off by the film calculation. If you
    go ahead get a scanner (like epson v850 or so) develop and scan yourself,
    it cuts the cost down to nearly only the roll. 

  7. EdEditz
    April 27, 2015 at 12:21 am #

    There’s a Hasselblad body for sale in our local photography shop in town,
    for about 700 euro’s but the back for 15000 is too much. If I were a
    professional studio photographer it might be viable. Shame it doesn’t do
    video with that large sensor :)

  8. 646Studios
    April 27, 2015 at 1:15 am #

    Hasselblad CFV 50C is amazing but I’d wish I had money to get one

  9. overTIMe
    April 27, 2015 at 1:51 am #

    It certainly seems like a better implimentation of digital into analog
    photograhy than Nikon’s try with the Df ^^

  10. Arnd san
    April 27, 2015 at 2:44 am #

    Thank you Matt – I been looking for information on this before, but there
    is really nothing out there about this backs. Cool – now I have an idea how
    it works.
    Someone need to be really into it to get this over a D810 with all the
    great lenses available. 

  11. ManyDoors777
    April 27, 2015 at 3:41 am #

    Good grief that thing is expensive…. Not even in the realm of realistic.
    Crazy!

  12. MixEcoSystem
    April 27, 2015 at 4:30 am #

    Reminds me of the Kodak DCS system. Crop Kodak sensors “ghettoed” on 35mm
    film bodies

  13. Beagle Brigade
    April 27, 2015 at 4:30 am #

    The most cost-efficient and fast way to scan 120 film, in my opinion, is to
    use a D800E or D810 with a macro lens. It gives about 120 megapixels if
    you capture different areas of the frame and combine them with Microsoft
    ICE or your favorite stitching software. I think the results are better
    than any flatbed scanners and comes darn close to a drum scanner. It’s
    about 5200 ppi scan equivalent.

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8733/16729552897_19a1dd7220_o_d.jpg

  14. Bowie Sensei
    April 27, 2015 at 5:17 am #

    I would have liked to see it compared to the D810.

  15. Phil G
    April 27, 2015 at 5:42 am #

    I`d love it,at half the current price,I`d be in.

  16. Daniel Pryce
    April 27, 2015 at 6:29 am #

    This is something I would really like the get. Maybe a few years after
    picking up a V-Series for myself. The under $15,000 price tag makes this
    really appealing. Do you see the price for Medium Format dropping? I
    definitely see more demand for it in the professional market, from full MF
    kits, to even a Medium Format rangefinder ( I would give my left nut for
    that). 

  17. Jay John
    April 27, 2015 at 6:32 am #

    more fair comparison would be with the new Canon 50 mp sensor (when it
    comes out in may or june). Or the Nikon D810
    I think the Hasselblad is way overpriced (as usual)

  18. Amit Lahiri
    April 27, 2015 at 6:45 am #

    interesting camera with superb image quality but the price of it is huge, i
    thing it is going to good for portraits skin tones looks great and details
    are fine. love it but its expensive as well. Are we gonna see any more
    videos of this camera?

  19. Radu Andreyi
    April 27, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    Nice video.. That camera is gorgeous, but way too expensive for me

  20. Andre Vandal
    April 27, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    Don’t you think this is way too expensive just for the back considering
    it’s a similar sensor to the Pentax 645Z that cost around 8k for the full
    system?

  21. Joel Aparicio
    April 27, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    +Matt Granger How do you honestly feel about these MF backs compared to the
    D810 for dynamic range and tones. I had Phase One call me today to test
    drive a IQ180 complete rig and I’m not concerned about it just on a purely
    money standpoint I just can’t see the justification in the image quality
    differences. I guess I will know more when the Phase One gets here, but to
    me it’s a pretty hard sale especially when the D810 is still at the top of
    the DXO ratings.

  22. T.Park
    April 27, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    10:23 that man has a really interesting face
    look at all those dimples and wrinkles

  23. p eibye
    April 27, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    15500? what

    lol they can go fuck themselves

  24. Aziz Alghamdi
    April 27, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    how about comparing it side to side to the new sensors from nikon and canon
    (36,50) ?

  25. John Davey
    April 27, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    I can get a roll hi-res scanned (~34-38MB) for $42. Sadly I sold my ELM
    years ago but still have my Pentax 6×7. Roll film scanned at hi res for
    $3.00 a shot. $3.50 if I select frames. Meaning I bring them the roll of
    developed film and they scan them all in sequence. If I just want some they
    charge more. I develop myself so for me it is ~$9.00 for the cost of the
    roll plus $30 bucks a roll (6×7 gets 10 per 120 roll) for scanning. plus a
    fee for the DVD ($15). So 5 rolls would be $45 + $150 + $15… $210 / 5 =
    $42.00 a roll scanned. Note there is a pro grade of scanning at a higher
    rate from this outfit. Example is $20.00 for one scan at 150MB. Once 40MB
    scan is $10.00. So you cold get the roll scanned low res for $1.50 a shot
    or $15.00. Then have the images you want to work with redone at the higher
    rate. Really depends on your situation and wha your needs are….John