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| p.44 #4 · p.44 #4 · Official: Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless |
Lee Saxon wrote:
Sure, if the X1D was the only option, but particularly with all the delays why not just look at the GFX?
For me there are a few reasons. First, I don't think the GFX is anywhere close to delivery. We will see, but I still expect the X1D to arrive at least 6 months before the GFX. I could of course be wrong and the longer Hasselblad delays obviously the closer the release will be. I also know that when the camera and the H mount adapter arrives, I can have a complete system with focal lengths from 24 to 510mm (19 to 400 35mm FF equivalent) available and easy to use within 2 weeks. It suspect even if the GFX comes out within 6 months of the X1D, it will take a lot longer to be able to put together a complete system. I am guessing at least a year later.
Second, I like leaf shutter lens in general and the Hassy H mount lenses in particular. The GFX may work with leaf shutter lenses eventually, but I expect that to be an even longer delay. I would not expect this capability for at least a year after the camera is released and I wouldn't be surprised if it took 2 or even 3 years for this capability. One of my main uses for a mini MF mirrorless camera is for portraits and the leaf shutter lenses with Nikon compatible flash system is a huge plus for me with the X1D. I think it will make studio and location portraits with flash a lot easier and in several respects better than what I can do now.
Third, I think I will like the handling and the interface of the X1D better. This is a pretty personal thing, but I think the size, grip, and touch screen interface about as close to exactly what I want as I could expect. There is only one thing that I wish the X1D had and that is that I could turn the LCD up for waist level shooting, but that is not something I do often as it doesn't suit my eyesight and my progressive glasses well.
Fourth, I don't think the price gap is as big as many people think it will be. We don't know the price of the GFX yet, but I am guessing it will be $6,000. So the Hassy camera costs $3,000 more, but if you are buying into a system it is only prudent to consider the cost of the whole system. I have in mind a 7 lens kit composed primarily of Hassy H mount lenses, and those can be bought used at prices far below new prices. In fact, they compare quite favorably to FF 35mm lenses as a full set of lenses. Yes, you will be able to adapt many lenses to the GFX, but I still think the lenses I would want will cost more for the GFX. We don't know the prices of the lenses for the GFX yet, but I think several that I would want will cost most than the Hassy equivalents (ex. Fuji 110 f/2 vs. Hassy 100 f/2.2; Fuji 63 f/2.8 vs. Hassy 80 f/2.8; and if you want equivalents of the Hassy 150 f/3.2 and 300 f/4.5 you are going to pay quite a bit more even with adapted lenses unless you go for lesser quality). So, when I looks at the system as a whole I am not sure the Hassy will cost more, but of course the GFX is so far from being announced and it is hard to tell what lenses will even be used with the camera so it very hard to price it at this point. The bottom line is I know what the Hassy will cost and I can fit it in my budget. I don't know what the GFX will cost and it may be cheaper, but it very well may be more expensive and as a system fall outside my budget.
All that said, until I actually accept the order for the Hassy camera I very well may change my mind. I don't hate the GFX at all. If Fuji tells us more about the camera including: its price and the prices of the lenses, if and how it will allow adapted lenses; if and how it will allow lenses with leaf shutters, explains the flash system including how it would sync with leaf shutter lenses, etc. I may still change my mind, but for me I generally prefer a leaf shutter system to a focal plane shutter system, I think I would prefer the ergonomics of the Hassy, and I am not convinced the Fuji system will be cheaper. Together those things have me leaning toward the Hassy, but we will see.