Falling prices mean it might not be too long before medium-format photography is back on the agenda for enthusiasts, but what can we expect from a digital medium-format camera?

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Hasselblad H4D-40


Hasselblad H4D-40 review


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Still Life Shoot

Angela Nicholson spent a day shooting still life and macro subjects with the H4D-40, and found herself wishing it was Live View-enabled

I opted to shoot still-life and macro subjects, which meant that the camera would be tripod-mounted throughout. This was a bonus for me: while the H4D-40’s battery creates a comfortable, ergonomically shaped grip, I find that with the 120mm f/4 macro lens mounted, the camera is too heavy to hold steadily to my eye for more than a few seconds at a time.

In the relatively low light of my naturally lit dining room, the H4D-40’s AF system struggled to focus consistently on the close-to dark cherries I selected to shoot. Fortunately, the HVD 90x viewfinder that is supplied in the kit provides a reasonably clear view of the subject.

As I was shooting at about waist-height, the optional waist-level finder might have been easier on my neck – but of course it is less than ideal with portrait-format images. There were also a few occasions when I found I needed a torch to provide a little extra illumination and I had to adjust the lens slightly in and out of focus to gradually find the sharpest point. It wasn’t long before I was longing for Live View technology; the magnified view of the subject would enable me to focus much quicker and more confidently.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Hasselblad H system
  4. 4. Medium-format options
  5. 5. Landscape Shoot
  6. 6. Landscape Shoot Handling
  7. 7. Landscape Shoot Image Quality
  8. 8. Landscape Shoot Conclusion
  9. 9. Studio Portraits Shoot
  10. 10. Studio Portraits Shoot Handling and Lightroom
  11. 11. Studio Portraits Shoot Conclusion
  12. 12. Still Life Shoot
  13. 13. Still Life Shoot Mirror-slap
  14. 14. Still Life Shoot Image transfer
  15. 15. Still Life Shoot Conclusion
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