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We try out the new HassleVlad


We try out the new HassleVlad

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This is Vladimir. He’s a developer. More importantly to us, he’s the newest member of the DPReview team. We’re always excited when we have something (or someone) new in the office.

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This is another new thing in the office.* What a happy coincidence that we get the perfect camera to welcome our new teammate.

*Not really. That’s not a real camera. That’s an edited image of a Hasselblad X1D**.

**Which, incidentally, is the camera we used to take all of the photos for this slideshow.

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Vlad wears noise-canceling headphones to block the sound of the demolition of the building next door. Unfortunately, the headphones do not cancel out the sound of my shutter.

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Vlad is an avid photographer as well as a developer. This means he has quickly adopted the habit of taking photos out of our office windows. I hope that he will be as quick to accept being the subject of many of our photos.

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The camera’s leisurely startup time and satisfying yet conspicuously loud shutter mean I cannot sneak up on Vlad.

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Here, Vlad knows that as long as he keeps walking, it is unlikely that I will be able to turn on the camera, set the AF point, and capture focus before he gets to me. He’s mostly right; the image is a bit soft. I am not deterred.

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Vlad seems happy about our team trip to photograph the University of Washington cherry blossoms even as he tries to ignore me.

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The cherry blossoms are beautiful and the camera does a fine job retaining the highlights of Vlad’s trip.

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Although Vlad does not take any selfies, I ensure his morning is well-documented.

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Medium format has a reputation for not performing well in low light, but we find the camera to be quite competent in low Vlad situations.

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Yes, Vlad is sharp in the corners too.

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Vlad continues to try to avoid me, but I’m nothing if I’m not persistent. And I am determined to get the most out of this camera while I can.

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With a minimum focus distance of 27″ (70 cm) on the XCD 90mm F3.2, this is as close as I can get to Vlad. He is happy a macro lens has not been released.

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Vlad has proven to be a patient subject; he simply ignores me as I follow him and take photos. I have been Mildly Inconveniencing Vlad, so it is time for bolder measures: I am now standing directly in his line of sight.

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Success! He has been hassled. We definitely recommend that you hassle the Vlad in your life. (And welcome to the team, Vlad!)

Stay tuned as we cover the Hasselblad X1D in upcoming articles.



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