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?

Product Overview

Hasselblad H4D-40


Hasselblad H4D-40 review


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Still Life Shoot Conclusion

Like many photographers, when I use a film medium-format camera I tend to shoot in a slower, more considered way.

To a large extent this is because of the cost of the film and processing and the limited number of shots that fit on each roll, but the size of the camera and the format have an impact as well. During the course of my time with the H4D-40 I shot many more images than I ever have with a film medium-format camera in a single day.

Using a camera that produces 50MB images naturally slows things down a little, but I can see that in the future the jump between a smaller-format digital camera and medium-format model could be made as easy as swapping between an APS-C camera and a full-frame DSLR.

As the H4D-40 stands, I find controlling it via the Phocus software more straightforward than using its own button and dial controls.

Images: Because of the large sensor, depth of field is very restricted with the 120mm f/4 macro lens at f/11 and f/16

  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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