This is the 43rd in a series of posts on the Hasselblad X2D 100C camera and the XCD lenses. You will be able to find all the posts in this series by looking at the righthand column on this page and finding the Category “X2D”.
In this post, I laid out my thoughts about the X2D. Here’s one paragraph.
By the standards of contemporary MILC cameras, the X2D feature set is incomplete. Some features that are expected on such cameras are MIA.
- Focus peaking
- Variable focus magnification, combined with peaking
- Live histogram
- Live overexposure zebras
- Focus bracketing
- Pixel shift
- Lossless compressed raw
- Cabled remote shutter release
Today, Hasselblad announced firmware release 2.0 for the camera, which has the following enhancements:
- Added Focus Bracketing
- Added Picker Tool to set the white balance manually
- Added Focus Peaking for MF assist
- Added Crop Modes
- Added Histogram Overlay in Live View
- Supported to switch between 9 view mode and 25 view mode in browse mode
- Supported to delete images in batches in 9 view mode or 25 view mode
- Added horizontal and vertical stabilisation options in the Stabilisation Mode settings
- Added sound prompt for Self-Timer
- Added Touch AF. When enabled in the Focus settings, users can tap the touch screen to start autofocus
- Supported to set the color temperature and tint manually in Live View
- Enhanced image quality in Live View in weak lighting conditions
- Improved light metering performance by 3EV in weak lighting conditions
- Optimized focusing performance
- Reduced the image size in the JPG format to around 40MB
That deals with three of the items on my list above: focus peaking, focus bracketing, and live histogram.
The new live histogram is luminance only. I would have preferred an RGB option like the GFX cameras. Other than that, it appears useable.
Focus bracketing is implemented as a drive mode, as with the GFX cameras. I think that’s the right way to do it, as opposed to the menu-driven Nikon FSS system. There are five step sizes. Hasselblad offers the following information about the circles of confusion are for each of the step sizes.
There’s an error here. The pixel pitch of the X2D is 3.76 um, not 5.3 um. In addition, they don’t talk about which CoC they’re referencing. I’m assuming that it’s the CoC from an in-focus image to the next one in the stack, which means the worst-case CoC in the stack is half of that.
MGrayson over at GetDPI has run a test to determine the actual step sizes.
Here’s my new table based on his test.
The direction for the bracketing is controllable. You can go towards infinity, towards close, or symmetric about the initial focus point. The GFX goes only towards infinity. For focus bracketing in the field, the symmetric option is welcome. With it, you can take your best shot for the focus, and have the camera make images on both sides of that. Without that mode, you have to manually back off what you think is the best focus, and that’s inherently imprecise.
The focus peaking is a disappointment. My first reaction was that it didn’t work in conjunction with magnification. However, I tried with a Siemens star, and focus peaking does work with the EVF zoomed in. But the sensitivity, while too high for good performance with the star, is too low with most subjects and magnification on. Also, the peaking seems to be for individual pixels in the EVF, so you don’t get the snapping in and out of focus that you get with the GFX peaking.