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Fun with the Hasselblad 907x

spb

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Yes you are right Godfrey, I try not to use the touch screen but I guess I will have to adopt my way of taking images. I certainly am not getting rid of the 907X it is a really nice camera. I cannot think of any camera previously owned with no drawbacks. I just have to find ways of getting round them and being comfortable with the gear. Lets not talk of bags! I fear that none of my bags are right with the 907 .......
 

jotloob

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For critical light situations , I always have a little dark cloth with me . That helped often when shooting with the CFV 50 classic .
 
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Mexecutioner

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I evaluated updating the exif markers as well.. I'm a C1 fan at heart, but have given it up completely due to lack of Hasselblad support. When I tested the modified DNG's, I found the default profile extremely flat. Obviously one can apply some other profiles, but without the built-in camera profile for the X1D/907x I was never sure that I was getting the appropriate color interpretation. Do you have a standard default profile or color correction you apply globally after import?
I agree with you, so many additional steps and hacking your way through it kinda takes the fun out of it.
 

spb

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For critical light situations , I always have a little dark cloth with me . That helped often when shooting with the CFV 50 classic .
Well it is sunny this morning so I experimented. Sun in front of me, so no problem, but I tilted the screen all the way up. I have also set screen brightness on full. This time I could see the subject without issue....I shall obviously need to be careful when the sun is behind me! Going to buy a small black Micro-fibre cloth and try that.
 

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jotloob

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I forgot to say , that I shoot MF 90% using a tripod . Here a dark cloth is of course easier to handle in comparison to
handheld shooting . Your dark cloth is best with matte black inside . Micro fibre material can be glossy .
 
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spb

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Jürgen, I was wondering with my left hand on the lens and right on the trigger I need a third hand ........ of course the tripod :unsure:
Thank you for the cloth tip, hadn't thought of that.
 

Godfrey

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Well it is sunny this morning so I experimented. Sun in front of me, so no problem, but I tilted the screen all the way up. I have also set screen brightness on full. This time I could see the subject without issue....I shall obviously need to be careful when the sun is behind me! Going to buy a small black Micro-fibre cloth and try that.
I'd recommend a 40x40 inch dark cloth as being a useful size; much smaller than that becomes too difficult to use easily. I use the one from B&H Photo for $63:

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scho

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Finally assembled all of the parts to convert my Cambo Actus G for use with the Hasselblad 50CII digital back. So easy to use, just unlatch the back from the 907x and snap on to the ACDB-989 adapter on the rear standard of the Cambo Actus. Put back in electronic shutter mode and aperture priority. I can easily carry both the 907x and the Actus assembly in a small bag and switch back and forth in seconds as needed. True modularity and versatile function. Shots below just for testing mechanics and did not critically focus.



First shot using the Cambo Actar 60/4 on the Actus with 50CII.
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Jared

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Did my first official shoot with the 907x a couple days ago—my son’s high school mountain bike team portraits. It worked quite well! Loved the waste level perspective for “hero” type poses and lighting. Having the leaf shutter was a godsend since I had to use strobes outdoors due to Covid, and 1/750s was required to darken the background the amount I wanted. And the 80mm f/1.9 XCD? This is what it was made for. The camera is a lot of fun, and it is well matched to this sort of requirement.

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elm

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After a week of getting my 907x 50c + 45p + OVF, I finally fired off a few frames. Was surprised at how compact the kit was and how good it feels in my hand. Very balanced and made me feel like I was holding a V-series camera (which I will do shortly). The colors from the sensor is way better than my H3DII-31 + HC 80mm. Looking forward to getting ourside (yes as socially distant as I can!) to get more images.

From my back deck:
 

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JAB

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I've been slow to post images even while being retired and in the times of COVID! It seems I have become more busy lately with all of the various house repairs! 🙃

This is a shot I did a few weeks ago when the fog came up from the Pacific. I have always found these two trees to be interesting but only become really visible when the fog comes in due to the very busy background of other trees and houses.

Taken with Hasselblad 503CW / 250 mm / CFV II 50C

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Jared

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I took this one yesterday on a walk in Redwood Regional Park in the East Bay hills near Canyon, California. I liked the soft glow of the late afternoon light and the texture of the moss on the tree and, especially, how the trunk and branch framed the warm light in the background. This was taken with the 907X and 50 II CFV using the 80mm f/1.9 XCD lens. I chose an f/2.8 aperture to get the contrast I wanted and to ensure the background wouldn't become too busy, then focus bracketed enough to capture the branches receding into the background. White balance was set manually using an XRite Passport. Raw images were imported into Phocus since I often prefer the color rendition in the Hasselblad software vs. Lightroom, then exported as DNG's. The DNG's were imported into Lightroom and lightly processed to taste. Focus stacking was in Photoshop.

I felt like this had a good sense of dimensionality and managed to capture both the relative darkness of the forest and the warmth of the autumn late afternoon. I love the woods but often struggle to capture what I see and feel. It can be challenging to simplify the composition enough that you don't get distracted by branches and leaves and more branches and dirt and leaves and rocks and trees and streams and branches.

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Jared

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I was experimenting with Phocus Mobile 2 yesterday, on my iPhone for the first time, and I noted that I could not get focus assist magnification to operate. Someone on the Hasselblad User Forum said it was working with his X1D using the older Phocus Mobile app, so I sent a note to Hasselblad Technical Support to ask if I was missing a setting.

Hasselblad Technical Support responded to me promptly, as always; unfortunately this functionality is not available in Phocus Mobile 2 at present. It is in their feature request list.

In subsequent discussion with the Hasselblad Tech Support representative, he suggested strongly that the update team for the camera/back firmware and Phocus app software listen carefully to all input when planning features and prioritize based on demand. If all the X1DII and 907x/CVFII 50c users who might want to use Phocus Mobile 2 and have the magnification focus assist function would send in a request to Hasselblad Customer Support, it would help quicken the process.

Use the Contact link on the Hasselblad website to send a message to Hasselblad Customer Support and request this feature for Phocus Mobile 2! :D

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Sorry to post this a month after, but I only recently started to play with Phocus and my 907X...

There is a way to get focus assist magnification working, just not the way you may be expecting...

1) Connect the Phocus app on your phone or iPad to your 907X as you (probably) already we’re doing.
2) Make sure you have the CFV II 50C set to manual focus
3) Make sure focus magnification is enabled in your camera back (as opposed to focus peaking)
4) Choose an AF point by touching the screen of your iPhone or iPad. The camera will try to autofocus even though it is set to manually focus. It may succeed or fail depending on your subject.
5) Now if you focus manually On The Camera Lens, not in the Phocus app, it will automatically magnify the view on your phone or iPad.

The trick is to manually focus on your lens, not on the phone or iPad. Then you get the magnification you need to judge critical focus.
 
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