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Advantages of Hasselblad medium format compared to the best 35mm systems (applies to most medium format systems): Larger lenses means sharper optics (when measured across the whole image circle). Higher resolution sensors currently available. Modularity, backs, viewfinders are interchangeable allowing you to upgrade independently. Hasselblad offers a few ...


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Theoretically if you keep the size of the entrance pupil and field of view the same then you will capture the same total amount of light regardless of the format. If your medium format sensor in 1.6 times larger (which is the upper end available today, the Leica S2 you mention is only 1.25 times larger), then to match your 35mm DSLR and 85mm f/1.2 lens ...


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Prestige, legacy or resolution: To show you can own something so expensive. In some market this will give you an edge to get clients to pay for the prices you ask for. To use your legacy cameras and lenses. This could be for sentimental reasons more than practical, I suspect, since if you can afford a Hasselblad, you can probably afford new gear too. The ...


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It really depends on how you define image quality. Currently medium format digital cameras and backs off higher resolution (up to 80 megapixels) than 35mm cameras (up to 36 megapixels). In good light with equally "good" lenses more megapixels will result in a sharper picture. Additionally a larger format makes it easier to design sharper lenses (in terms ...


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Not a comparative answer, but Nikon has their current-generation PC-E lenses on their "recommended" list for the D800 in the Technical Solutions document. According to Nikon, the subset of lenses in this list offer maximum resolution of all the lenses they make. In other words, they are a top-notch choice. (To be honest, though, I also wonder if this list ...


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TwoThree Several important things Hasselblad brings vs Canon and Nikon are: Hasselblad uses a CCD sensor (instead of CMOS) which offers several quality improvements 16 bit image files (Canon and Nikon are 14 bit) No anti alias filter, this improves sharpness at the cost of increasing chance of moire (the Nikon D800e now has no AA filter though, so that ...


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Things you need to consider is the change in DOF and FOV, just like when you convert crop frames to full frames. Lenses are built for a certain image circle and the performance of the optics is stressed more by having to project the rays into a smaller size. Medium sensors are large and makes easier to capture small details, and they collect more photons, ...


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Keep in mind that the sensor is much larger and thus much more light comes through for a given aperture due to the larger entrance pupil needed to produce an image circle that covers the sensor. All the low light advantages that a full frame sensor has over a crop sensor are much further compounded by the growth to a much larger sensor. Each pixel covers a ...


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As far as I know, there's no Firewire-USB adapters available. Emulating Firewire over USB is quite difficult, as technology is so different. In USB, there's no guaranteed bandwidth available. In Firewire, there is (which is really important for streaming video) Firewire allows DMA (Direct Memory Access), while USB does not. That means special driver ...


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Leaf Shutters are a huge advantage for controlling ambient light and freezing action with flash,and the viewfinders are a lot better than canon or nikon viewfinders.. Another benefit is the reproduction of skin tones.. the 16bit CCD sensor's produce beautiful skin tones,Nikon and Canon's best camera's can also do great portraits but the Hasselblad has an ...


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Very, unlikely, unfortunately, without a update to your image manager. If the chips are of different generations or types (CMOS vs CCD), the data is typically recorded with different RGB primaries, mask pixels and other data. If the chips are the same, manufacturers still sometimes make changes in how the sensor is used to improve noise quality, or some of ...


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Cameras and cars retain resale value in the same way: badly. The good news is that second-hand cameras that are already a couple of decades old won't have much farther to drop unless something tragic happens: it breaks or film takes another significant hit to its availability. Buying new, of course, is a vastly different proposition that involves much ...


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You can't disregard the number of pixels when considering Hasselblad, it's one of the main features, and if you need the number of Mpx a Hasselblad can offer, you would know. And then there are very few other cameras that can satisfy your needs. We're talking about from 60 to 200 Mpx. Then there's the absolutely huge sensor sizes which gives you a lot of ...


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Which H4D is it? There are different models with different sensor sizes. If you will use the TS-E adapter you will also need an appropriate lens with sufficient image circle to cover the sensor. Do you have that? I didn't see any mention about this, specifically. If you don't have the appropriate lens, I'd get the Canon 24. Some people would suggest the 17 ...



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