Last year, Hasselblad released a special medium-format camera to commemorate the outfit’s role in documenting the Apollo 11 moon landing. It was impressively compact and modular. However, it was also very limited and very expensive. This year, the outfit saw fit to bring that same camera in a slightly more affordable package in the form of the Hasselblad 907X 50C.
Like the special edition from last year, it’s a modular system that, the outfit claims, seeks to serve as a bridge that connects its past and present. We’re guessing that’s the main reason for the undeniably vintage aesthetic, although its ability to link together the outfit’s photographic history actually goes beyond that heritage styling.
The Hasselblad 907X 50C consists of two primary modular elements: the 907X camera body and the CFV II 50C digital back, each of which you can easily detach for use elsewhere. The 907X is the smallest medium format camera body the outfit ever made, which isn’t surprising, since it’s, basically, an X1D lens mount with onboard electronics and nothing more. The main hardware lies in the CFV II 50C back, which houses the 50-megapixel medium-format CMOS sensor and the 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen display, along with the onboard battery, dual card slots (UHS II), wireless radios (it has Wi-Fi onboard), and ports.
It boasts 14 stops of dynamic range, as well as the ability to capture full-size 14-bit in-camera JPEG images and 16-bit RAW files. As you may have guessed already, this is a camera meant for taking photographic stills, although it can also be used to shoot video in a pinch, with the ability to record up to 2.7K footage at 30 fps.
The Hasselblad 907X 50C’s most interesting aspect, however, is its modularity. That’s because its camera back isn’t just designed for the body included in the system. Instead, it’s actually compatible with most of the outfit’s manual-focused V-System cameras from 1957 onwards, so if you’re a longtime Hasselblad user, you can pair some of your old hardware to take advantage of that 50-megapixel sensor and all the modern conveniences along with it. Do note, the two included modules on their own already make the system compatible with the entire XCD lens range, so you can pair your wide angle lenses with autofocus and auto-exposure to create some stunning images. Of course, you can also use XH, XV, and XPan adapters to use it with an even broader range of lenses, both from Hasselblad and third-party makers.
An optional control grip gives you a convenient place to hold the camera during handheld shoots, all while providing four control buttons and a joystick for physical access to a variety of camera functions. The four buttons can be set to adjust aperture, shutter speed, and any of 30 different functions, while the joystick should allow fast autofocus point selection to ensure you don’t miss a fleeting moment. There’s also an optional optical viewfinder, in case you’re not comfortable framing your shots from a touchscreen display.
The Hasselblad 907X 50C is available now, priced starting at $6,400.