Behind the Scenes: Annie Leibovitz’ Game of Thrones Photo Shoot for Vanity Fair

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Hasselblad Makes the CMOS Sensor H5D-50C launched - Now for only $27.5K

by JamesNYCMarch 2. 2014 01:32

Just like Nikon did with the D4s, Hasselblad announced their CMOS sensor-toting H5D-50C before they… well… announced it. Revealing little in way of details, the company said that the camera would become official in March — and today, they fulfilled that promise.

Usually we end with the price, but it’s worth mentioning right off the bat that the 50c won’t cost users any more than the regular H5D-50: $27,500. Not that this is cheap, but the fact that they’re not charging you more for what was supposed to be the ‘world’s first CMOS sensor medium format camera’ is notable.

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Hasselblad set to launch world’s first medium format CMOS sensor camera

by JamesNYCJanuary 21. 2014 00:27

Hasselblad is set to launch the world’s first 50MP medium format camera using CMOS sensor technology. The groundbreaking H5D-50c will go on sale in March.

While most compact cameras have made the switch from CCD to CMOS image sensors in recent years, medium format cameras have been a hold out – until now, that is. Hasselblad has announced its new H5D-50c will be the world's first medium format camera to pack a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor.

Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad Product Manager said: “This pioneering 50 megapixel CMOS sensor camera is based on our H5D-50 model but will offer a faster capture rate; longer shutter speed capability and much greater ISO performance. It will provide greatly improved Live Video in Phocus and will also be available with Multi-Shot functionality.”

He added: “We believe this will provide a highly compelling option for professional photographers who prefer a more versatile camera that enables them to immediately embrace a wider range of photo-disciplines but still encapsulating the exceptionally high-end image quality associated with Hasselblad.”

Hasselblad’s new CEO Ian Rawcliffe said: “We are extremely excited about this highly adaptable new camera which will offer an even broader palette of shooting options for our high-end customers.

“This is a world-first and underpins Hasselblad’s status at the forefront of camera technology. It will be the first of a number of medium format capture innovations we have planned for the coming months.”

Further information and prices for the new H5D-50c models will be announced in March.

 

The H5D-50c is based on the H5D-50 pictured

The new model is based on Hasselblad's H5D-50, but trades that model's 36.7 x 49.1 mm 50-megapixel CCD sensor for a CMOS sensor that the company's product manager, Ove Bengston, says "will offer a faster capture rate; longer shutter speed capability and much greater ISO performance. It will provide greatly improved Live Video in Phocus and will be available with Multi-Shot functionality."

Hasselblad promises to release more details on the H5D-50c in March, but don't expect it to be cheap. The current H5D-50 sells for over US$25,000.

 

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New H5D firmware is now available

by JamesNYCOctober 9. 2013 01:54

Hasselblad will be releasing a new sensor unit firmware version 2.4.3R for all H5D Cameras. At the same time we will also release new firmware for all H5D Camera bodies: H5D131008.hbf.

H5D-40, H5D-50, H5D-50MS and H5D-200MS updating from 1.5.3R:

  • Faster start-up time
  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Low battery warning on sensor unit display
  • High temperature warning
  • Double click on release button enters menu on sensor unit display
  • Support for GPS module (GIL)
  • Folder view
  • Improved histogram
  • Improved 9-view
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese

    H5D-60 updating from 2.3.3R:

  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese

    H5D131008.hbf new features since H5D130506.hbf:

  • Added True Focus functionality when using the H1.7x Converter
  • When using extension tubes or the Macro Converter with True Focus, no focus correction is added and the IFC cursor is always placed in the centre.
  • Added support for the H5D-60
  • Stability improvements
  • Minor GUI corrections
  • Now possible to set ISO on camera grip when tethered.
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Photographer Platon Reveals Power Through Portrait

by JamesNYCJune 9. 2013 14:15

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Phocus 2.7.4 for Mac and PC are now available

by JamesNYCJune 6. 2013 19:27

Highlights in this release include the following:

Phocus 2.7.4 Improvements & Fixes

  • Support for H5D-50MS and H5D-200MS
  • Fixes a problem that could lead to artifacts when using lens corrections on HTS Multi Shot captures
  • Live video support for CFV cameras has been re-enabled
  • A potential Phocus Mobile crash issue when using a camera without viewfinder has been fixed
  • Fixes an issue with zooming in captured 6-shot (Windows only)

Click here to download from the Hasselblad site

 

 

Phocus 2.7.4 Mac


Improvements & Fixes

  • Support for H5D-50MS and H5D-200MS
  • Fixes a problem that could lead to artifacts when using lens corrections on HTS Multi Shot captures
  • Live video support for CFV cameras has been re-enabled
  • A potential Phocus Mobile crash issue when using a camera without viewfinder has been fixed


For full information about added features and included fixes, please consult the Phocus read-me file.

Phocus is currently available in 9 various languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.6, or later is required and at least 2GB of memory where 4GB or more is recommended. If working with the H4D-60 or any multi-shot cameras we recommend 8GB of RAM. Phocus is optimized for Intel processors, G4 or G5 PPC is not supported. 512MB of graphics card memory is recommended as a minimum. For further information about system requirements, please consult the read-me file.
If you are running 10.5.x or using an older 32bit based machine you are required to use Phocus 2.6.6 which can be found in the software archive section.

Compatibility
All Hasselblad FireWire based digital camera products are supported by Phocus. 3F files generated by Phocus are not backward compatible with FlexColor. Flextight scanner 3F files are not compatible with Phocus.

 

 

Phocus 2.7.4 Windows


Improvements & Fixes
  • Support for H5D-50MS and H5D-200MS
  • Fixes a problem that could lead to artifacts when using lens corrections on HTS Multi Shot captures
  • Live video support for CFV cameras has been re-enabled
  • A potential Phocus Mobile crash issue when using a camera without viewfinder has been fixed
  • Fixes an issue with zooming in captured 6-shot

For full information about added features and included fixes, please consult the Phocus read-me file.

Phocus is currently available in 9 various languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

System Requirements
Phocus is supported on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 in 64 or 32bit mode. Hardware requirements are Intel or AMD processors, with min. 2Gb of RAM and min. 512 Mb of graphics card memory.
If working with the H4D-60 or multi-shot cameras we in general recommend running Phocus on Windows 64 bit systems with 8GB of RAM and 1GB of video RAM. Do also note that the 6-shot capability of a Hasselblad H4D-200MS is not available on 32 bit Windows systems.
For a detailed description of system requirements and possible limitations, please consult the read-me file or user manual.

Compatibility
All Hasselblad firewire based digital camera products are supported in Phocus. 3F files generated by Phocus are not backward compatible with FlexColor. Flextight scanner 3F files are not compatible with Phocus.
* To make Phocus communicate with your iOS device, Apple Bonjour 2.0.2 (or later) is required. Apple Bonjour comes with iTunes but can also be downloaded manually via the Apple Support page by clicking here
     

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Hasselblad announces accessory upgrades following H5D System launch

by JamesNYCJune 1. 2013 20:27

 

Following the launch of its new flagship H5D System cameras Hasselblad has introduced two new angled FireWire cable accessories, a new and more powerful battery grip and a new battery charger.

Announcing the move Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad's Product Manager said: "The H5D System is the next step in the evolution of our medium format cameras and these three latest upgrades ensure our capture device accessories continue to evolve at the same pace."

"The new angled FireWire cables are shipped in two colours. The black connectors, complete with new 'click-lock' features have been developed exclusively for the H5D. The upgraded cables with grey connectors are primarily for HxD/CFV ranges."

"The new connectors are designed to completely eliminate any problems caused by loose fitting cables and possible consequential damage to the internal connection."

He added: "We have also introduced a new, more powerful battery grip which now boasts 50% extra capacity. The new battery product features a more durable surface to provide better grip. It is also a few millimetres longer than its predecessor, enabling greater stability on the tripod shoe. A new charger is also available."

The new FireWire cables will have the same recommended selling price as the older versions but the launch of the new products means the older FireWire cable (1006025) and the old battery grip (3043348) are obsolete and no longer available.

The older battery charger product (3053568) 7.2V will remain available while stocks last.

 

Please note that the new battery will also work on the following cameras: H2D, H3D, H3D-II, H4D and H4X, provided that the latest firmware for these models has been installed.

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Hasselblad 503CW Discontinued

by JamesNYCApril 30. 2013 01:13

In a move that again demonstrates that Hasselblad has lost it's connection to it's long time users and to the photo graphic community in general Hassleblad has made another bad decision, to discontinue their V system.  Now all we have left is a camera that has a Hasselblad label and that is manufactured by FUJINON - James Sullivan

Hasselblad has announced the discontinuance of the Hasselblad 503CW, the last V system camera in its portfolio. The decision, which comes into immediate effect, brings to an end over a half century of evolution of the company’s original camera line. Hasselblad has confirmed that the last 503CW has rolled off the production line but the company will continue to provide V System accessories while stocks last.  V System support will also still be available through "current channels."

Hasselblad Press Release End of the line for the Hasselblad V System

Hasselblad is to cease production of its 503CW model - the last V System camera in the company’s portfolio.

The decision, which comes into immediate effect, brings to an end over a half century of evolution of the company’s original camera line.

Dr. Larry Hansen, Hasselblad Chairman and CEO said: “Everything has its place in time. The veteran 503CW combined with an extensive V System range of interchangeable lenses and accessories, was for seventeen years, the camera of choice for discerning professionals and aspirational amateur photographers
But there has been a substantial decline in demand for this camera over the past five years or so and the time has now come for us to reluctantly consign the V System to history.  In so doing we would like to thank all fans and customers for both their loyalty and their enthusiasm for our legacy Hasselblad V System.” He added: “Now of course the focus on medium format capture is on our H System – the world’s most advanced camera. The latest generation cameras represent medium format capture engineering at its most exemplary and are well-placed to secure and underpin the company’s unrivalled reputation for providing highest image quality and craftsmanship.  Additionally we are focussing on new products for advanced enthusiasts.” Hasselblad has confirmed that the last 503CW has rolled off the production line but the company will continue to provide V System accessories while stocks last.  V System support will also still be available through current channels.

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Photo Assistant Basics - Hasselblad A12 film loading

by JamesNYCMarch 31. 2013 02:49

Photo Assistant Basics - Hasselblad A12 film back loading for 120 roll film

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Photo Assistant Basics - Hasselblad A16 film back loading

by JamesNYCMarch 30. 2013 13:53

Photo Assistant Basics - Hasselblad A16 film back loading

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Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

 
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