Spring, woodlands and very (very!) early mornings
It’s a pleasure being out in the woods this time of year. After the long, dark winter and (often) grey and dull early spring, the forests are now full of life. Birds tweeting, flowers blooming and the wonderful vibrant spring-foliage. My favorite time of day out there is around sunrise. The soft pre-sunrise light has…
Head to head: Hasselblad HC 150n f3.2 vs Mamiya 105-210 ULD f4.5 on Hasselblad X2D
The Hasselblad HC 150n and the Mamiya 105-210 ULD telezoom are optically the two best adapted lenses I have tested so far. They both have their pros and cons, but are both very sharp. I found it was time to put them on a test head-to-head.
Mamiya 645 300mm f5.6 on Hasselblad X2D: ULD vs. Sekor C versions (and vs the Mamiya telezoom!)
The Mamiya 645 300mm f5.6 came in two versions: the old Sekor C and the newer ULD. I have previously tested the Sekor C. It was decent but didn’t blow me away. I have now got my hands on the newer ULD version. How will they compare?
Mamiya 645 Sekor C 300mm f5.6 on Hasselblad X2D
In my type of work, I rarely see the need for a longer lens than a 200mm. I have used the 1.7X Hasselblad converter with my HC 150mm on some occasions, so I can’t say never. It’s good to have the option available. Encouraged by the good results from my other Mamiya 645 lenses, I…
Mamiya 645 105-210mm f4.5 ULD zoom on Hasselblad X2D
Next up in the series of adapted lenses for the Hasselblad X-cameras is a medium format telephoto zoom. The Mamiya 645 105-210 f4.5 ULD may be the medium format equivalent to the much loved full-frame 70-200. But is it good enough optically?
Nikon AI-S Nikkor 200mm f4 on Hasselblad X2D
In contrast to the previously tested Nikon Series E 135mm f2.8, this one is from the professional line of Nikon lenses, the Nikkors. I got this many years ago to complement my 135mm, and it has served me well through the film years. However, I have not used it extensively on the Hasselblad X-system, and…
Mamiya 645 Sekor C 150mm f3.5 on Hasselblad X2D
The next lens out is also a medium format lens. Made for Mamiya 645, this manual focus, manual aperture lens is very compact and handles nicely on the X2D body. But how does it perform in this real-world field-test?
Hasselblad HC 150n f3.2 on Hasselblad X2D
The Hasselblad HC 150 f3.2 was made for the H-system, but can easily be adapted to the X-system with a smart adapter. That means full functionality with only a few reservations. But how does it handle and perform on the X2D?
Nikon series E 135mm f2.8 on Hasselblad X2D
Next out in my test of adapted telephoto lenses for Hasselblad X is a real budget-friendly alternative. The old Nikon Series E 135mm f2.8 can be found in very nice condition for less than 100 USD. But surely, a lens like this is totally useless on a 100mpx sensor! Or?
Leitz Elmarit R 180mm f2.8 (II) on Hasselblad X2D
First out in my test of adapted telephoto lenses for the Hasselblad X-system is the Leitz Elmarit 180mm f2.8. How will this film-era lens hold up on a high-resolution medium format sensor?
Adapted telephoto-lenses for Hasselblad X -intro
Consider this post as a primer for more posts to come on this subject in the next few weeks. For the sake of the discussion, I refer to focal lengths in full-frame terms, unless otherwise noted. Although i focus on the Hasselblad X-system, findings should also be mostly applicable for the Fuji GFX-system. As most…
Clearing summer storm, Geiranger
This is an iconic viewpoint on the road down to Geiranger in Norway. I have passed here many times, always stunned by the view. The steep mountains are impressive enough, but the small turf-houses really make the scene for me. They add a sense of timeless romance and nurture thoughts around how life could be…
A collection of images captured over the timespan of about one hour last weekend. A photography buddy and I headed out into the local “wilderness” last weekend to capture a fresh dusting of snow on the spruces. We noticed that higher elevations were shrouded in fog, and headed up there. We found a nice area…
The H&Y CPL-VND Revoring
I do not use filters very often, and I only use filters with effects that cannot be replicated in postprocessing. I don’t use ND-grads anymore. However, the effects of a solid ND and a polarizer is difficult to achieve in postprocessing, so I use those filters from time to time. Alas, I need them in…
Autumn is by far my favorite season to photograph, as it is for many landscapephotographers. Of course the vibrant colors contribute to that, but it’s also something about the light and of course the changing weather. Last autumn I got to visit a few locations and photograph a lot. I still have a huge backlog…
Dress up for winter
It’s the time of year when everyone are heading for the Lofoten islands, Northern Sweden or Finland or somewhere else in the arctic to photograph winter-wonderland. The light this time of year can be pretty spectacular, so you are surely in for a treat. This is no rocket-science, and my points may seem obvious to…
This image is 10 years old these days! It was captured in early March 2013. It was snowing quite heavy as I drove out to Unstad beach that morning, but as daylight emerged I got a small window to capture the fresh dusting of snow on the sandy shore. Conditions can be quite harsh here…
Overlooked. Revisiting Venezia.
I have visited Venezia three times for photography so far. It is definitely a favorite of mine. The absence of cars, the canals, the gondolas and the rustic buildings and classic architecture all contributes to a timeless character and strong sense of place. As I have just started to plan a new visit, I was…
A short review of the new filter systems from B.Way
Before I start this small review, I have a confession: I rarely use filters. I only use filters that generate an effect that can not be easily replicated with other techniques, such as bracketing. That basically means that I never use graduated ND-filters and that my filter-pouch has three 95mm filters and a set of…
Review of the Benq SW 321c – does the monitor matter?
Yes, the monitor matters! And this one is probably one of the very best out there for photographers. Read on if you want a few more details on why monitors are important for us photographers and why the new Benq is so good. This spring, Benq reached out to me and asked if I would…
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