We crawled into an deserted faculty bus, trespassed by dilapidated hallways, dodged fleeting thunderstorms, and wandered the empty streets of Chinatown late into the night. For two summery weeks, I couldn’t have been happier.
New York City was in lockdown. I’d been quarantined in my dinky condominium, disheartened and stressed. I used to be anxious to do one thing inventive. Thankfully, the Hasselblad X1D II 50C arrived for evaluation, together with approval from the studio heads for socially-distanced, outside shoots.
Taking photos of the mundane (flowers, buildings, and such) would’ve been a disservice to a $10,000 digicam equipment, so as an alternative, my pals and I collaborated on a enjoyable, little challenge: we shot portraits impressed by our favourite movies.
Equipped with masks and a bottle of hand sanitizer, we put the X1D II 50C and 80mm F/1.9 lens (supreme for close-ups with out truly having to be shut up) by its paces in some of NYC’s much less acquainted backdrops.
Before I get into any hassle for the final picture – Alex and Jason are skilled stuntmen and that’s a rubber prop gun. They have been reenacting the penultimate scene from Infernal Affairs – a superb piece of Hong Kong cinema (significantly better than the Scorsese remake).
While the digicam is barely extra approachable in phrases of price and ease of use with a number of upgrades (bigger, extra responsive rear display screen, a cleaned-up menu, tethering capabilities, quicker startup time and shutter launch), the X1D II is basically the similar as its predecessor. So I skipped the normal evaluation.
Image Credits: Veanne Cao
What it’s, what it isn’t
The most typical criticism about the X1D was its sluggish autofocus, sluggish shutter launch and brief battery life. The X1D II improved on these options, although not by a lot. Rather than seeing the lag as a hindrance, I used to be pressured to decelerate and re-wire my mind for a extra considerate capturing fashion (a pleasing aspect impact).
As I discussed in my X1D evaluation, Apple and different smartphone producers have made capturing nice photos easy. As such, the accessibility has created a tradition of excessively capturing on a regular basis banalities. You shoot excess of you’ll ever want. It’s one thing I’m responsible of. Pretty positive 90% of the pictures on my iPhone digicam roll are throwaways. (The different 10% are of my canine and he’s spectacularly photogenic.)
The X1D II, nonetheless, will not be a simple digicam. It’s irritating at occasions. If you’re a newbie, you will have to be taught the fundamentals (ISO, f-stops, when to click on the shutter), however the payoff is price it. There’s an amazing sense of gratification whenever you get that one shot. And at 50 megapixels, it’s filled with particulars and worthy of hanging in your wall. Shelling out a ton of cash for the X1D II gained’t immediately make you a greater photographer, nevertheless it should encourage you to turn out to be one.
Without the contrived studio lights and set design, our outside shoots grew to become an train in improvisation: we wandered by the boroughs discovering practicals (road lights, neon lights… the solar), discovering areas, and switching spots when issues didn’t pan out.
We explored, we had objective.
My takeaway from the two weeks with this digicam: pause and be significant in your actions.
Reviewed equipment runs $10,595, pre-taxed:
Hasselblad X1D II 50C Mirrorless Camera – $5,750
Hasselblad 80mm F/1.9 XCD Lens – $4,845