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Fun with the Hasselblad 907x

Godfrey

Well-known member
Follow up on my grip project: The SmallGrip I ordered arrived today. Fitting it to the camera with my Rosette and RRS micro-clamp setup works very nicely, it pulls the grip in about 3/4-1" closer to the body as I'd hoped and feels just right. I think I'm done with this project, I'll photograph the camera so fitted tomorrow. :D

Now to go make some photographs *with* it too... LOL!
 

ajayc

New member
A very long time lurker and a first time medium format shooter. I recently acquired a Hasselblad 907x / CFV II 50C and couldn't have been happier with the results. Otherwise a Leica Q2 goes everywhere. What a wonderful system and the image quality is just off the charts. I used to design iPhone camera sensors for a living till that not long ago, so, know a thing or two about camera sensor design. 12-bit to 14-bit is wow!!

I hope to post more often in this forum.
 

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Godfrey

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My left-sided grip set up for waist level shooting with the 907x is completed. I wandered about the condo the other day with the XCD 21 (and later the XCD 45P) testing it with longish exposure times (1/10 second or so) and the resulting improvements in camera stability are very pleasing.


A Candle On The Table - Santa Clara 2021
Hasselblad 907x + XCD 21mm f/4
ISO 800, f/4, 1/13

Enjoy!
G
 

Godfrey

Well-known member
This is my finished "left side grip" set up to allow more stable and comfortable waist level, hand-held shooting with the 907x. I have the Hasselblad Control Grip for the camera, which is great for eye level shooting and has full control capabilities on it, but the angle of the grip doesn't really lend itself to waist level use, which the 907x is ideal for.

The set up uses a Desmond L-bracket, a Really Right Stuff mini Arca-Swiss clamp, an Arri female Rosette on a thin offset bracket, and a SmallRig left-hand grip with Arri male Rosette. Total cost is about $200. The grip can be removed quickly by loosening the RRS grip and sliding it off, then you have a tight L bracket in place for tripod work by default.

I also worked it so that there's plenty of room for the Peak Design anchors to feed out on the left side for use with a neck strap.





On Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmU4o1ia

enjoy! G
 

Godfrey

Well-known member
thanks! It feels good in the hand too. :)
I was going out the door to play with it today ... when the sky opened up and dumped rain down. I retreated. Oh well, perhaps tomorrow.
 

PSS

Member
This is my finished "left side grip" set up to allow more stable and comfortable waist level, hand-held shooting with the 907x. I have the Hasselblad Control Grip for the camera, which is great for eye level shooting and has full control capabilities on it, but the angle of the grip doesn't really lend itself to waist level use, which the 907x is ideal for.

The set up uses a Desmond L-bracket, a Really Right Stuff mini Arca-Swiss clamp, an Arri female Rosette on a thin offset bracket, and a SmallRig left-hand grip with Arri male Rosette. Total cost is about $200. The grip can be removed quickly by loosening the RRS grip and sliding it off, then you have a tight L bracket in place for tripod work by default.

I also worked it so that there's plenty of room for the Peak Design anchors to feed out on the left side for use with a neck strap.





On Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmU4o1ia

enjoy! G
this covers the USB C connection/tethering port?
 

Godfrey

Well-known member
Technically no, the port is to the rear of the attaching hardware and I can sneak a cable in with a little difficulty. I could also re-arrange how the attaching hardware is configured to make it more accessible.

However, I cannot think of a single situation where I would use the USB-C port with a grip designed to aid waist-level, hand-held shooting with the camera...?? The grip assembly is also designed to be very quickly removable and replaceable, so if I needed wired tethering to move some files, I'd just remove the grip for that operation and put it back afterwards.

G
 
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PSS

Member
I personally don't need a grip for waist level shooting and do shoot handheld tethered quite a bit but I have a peak design qickadapter on the 907 and on the X1DII at all times (I do like the small size) but had to come up with a vertical solution when shooting on tripod, especially through a ring flash which can only be mounted horizontally which required a L bracket and quiuckmount on that......I wish peak design would make quick mounts for their little plates, they make the ones you can mount on your straps (or belt....) which are great and the plates snap in nicely, but I would like some I could mount on a tripod or L bracket.....I guess I could write them....
 

bythewei

Active member
This is my finished "left side grip" set up to allow more stable and comfortable waist level, hand-held shooting with the 907x. I have the Hasselblad Control Grip for the camera, which is great for eye level shooting and has full control capabilities on it, but the angle of the grip doesn't really lend itself to waist level use, which the 907x is ideal for.

The set up uses a Desmond L-bracket, a Really Right Stuff mini Arca-Swiss clamp, an Arri female Rosette on a thin offset bracket, and a SmallRig left-hand grip with Arri male Rosette. Total cost is about $200. The grip can be removed quickly by loosening the RRS grip and sliding it off, then you have a tight L bracket in place for tripod work by default.

I also worked it so that there's plenty of room for the Peak Design anchors to feed out on the left side for use with a neck strap.

On Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmU4o1ia

enjoy! G
Nice grip there! Have you tried this setup but paired with adapted lenses?
 

Godfrey

Well-known member
I went out with the camera and grip last evening, first real shoot with the seup, fitted with XCD 21mm lens. Unfortunately, I was a bit later than I'd hoped so had to use my tripod for the exposure times I was facing. But sighting/seeing/setting exposure/focusing manually using the grip before setting it on the tripod for the exposure worked beautifully.

bythewei: I will for sure pair up the camera+grip with some adapted lenses (V system or Leica R, most likely). It just takes a little time to get there because I'm not a "carry everything at once and shoot a thousand frames every day" kind of photographer ... I made about 21 exposures last evening, have just selected about 10 of them to finish render and post later today. :)

Oh yes, and the area I was shooting in is a gold mine for photographic opportunities. I'll be going back over and over again, over time. :D

G
 

Godfrey

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So yesterday the XCD 90mm f/3.2 lens arrived... I fitted the grip and the lens, went out for a walk about 30 minutes before sunset.

- I'm glad I didn't go for the 80/1.9, it would have been too heavy/large for a casual walk like that.
- My gosh, what lovely rendering qualities this lens has! Sharp when you want it, wonderful OOF blur, etc.

So now I have two sets to finish and post; my grip worked very nicely; the lens is outstanding. That's a nice trio of bullet summaries! :D

I may do a comparison shoot between the XCD 90, the Summicron-R 90, and the M-Rokkor 90 (aka Summicron-C 90) lenses. Just for the fun of it. The adapted lenses are both old favorites, it will be interesting to see how the XCD 90 compares on certain kinds of subject matter.

More photos soon...
G
 

Godfrey

Well-known member
Not really a part of any set, this "door in an archway" came to my attention as I was walking back home after walking for two hours. I was tired, the light and the door looked very interesting, and I did everything wrong: didn't focus accurately, left the lens stopped down as it had been when shooting earlier, when the sun was much higher in the sky, and all that.

The lack of camera motion in the blurred details is obvious to my eye only when I examine the original exposure in detail at full 100% display mode. That says to me that my custom grip works properly ... being able to achieve that kind of stability with a 90mm lens at a half second exposure says I'm able to hold the camera very still.

When I scanned through the photos I'd made that day, this exposure popped out at me as being unique and different, pleasing in a completely different way. The lack of fine detail suggesting form and shape rather than articulating texture, the light was just right, and monochrome rendering was all that was needed.


Door in Arch - Santa Clara 2021
Hasselblad 907x + XCD 90mm f/3.2
ISO 1600 @ f/5.6 @ 0.5 sec

It is more the archetype of a door in an archway than a specific door in an arch, a pattern brief rather than a documentary example.

Your thoughts, thank you!

G
 

Godfrey

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On Wednesday evenings, my routine for some months now has been to go to the Japan town district in San Jose and pick up takeout Mexican food for dinner or eat in the outdoor dining area when that's been available (and it's warm enough!). Every time I've been there are the sun went down and the lights came up, I've said to myself, "I've got to get down here with a camera..."

So last Wednesday, I fitted the 907X with the XCD 21mm lens and drove down just before sunset. Well, I thought it would be just before sunset, but I was delayed and the sun had already set ... I was going to be testing out the custom grip I rigged up for the camera, but thankfully I had my PD Travel Tripod with me. :D

I only had time for a shortish walk, about a half hour or so, but I can see I need to go do this a few more times. Here are ten photos, all with the 21mm lens at about ISO 1600 and about f/5.6-f/6.8 ... I hope you enjoy them!

Japan Town - San Jose 2021


Lantern, Lamp - San Jose 2021


Omogari - San Jose 2021


Haircut - San Jose 2021


Taqueria Corona - San Jose 2021


Open For Outdoor Dining - San Jose 2021


Service At The Table - San Jose 2021


Float Addicts - San Jose 2021


They Watch The Corner - San Jose 2021


The World War II Memorial - San Jose 2021

This set (and higher resolution renderings) can be viewed on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmU95Yh5

Enjoy! G
 
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