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Photographing the Colorado San Juan Mountains with the Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Photos framed using the FrameShop script.

Hasselblad X1D II Digital Camera
Hasselblad XCD 21mm Lens
Hasselblad XCD 30mm Lens
Hasselblad XCD 45mm Lens
Hasselblad XCD 90mm Lens
Novoflex Tripod (TrioBalance with 4-section Legs)
Arca-Swiss L60 Leveler Head
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro SD Cards
Accessories (the usual suspects; more details here)

Where and When
The San Juan Mountains of Colorado, centered on Ridgway, in late September through early October 2019. The photos in this post are annotated with the specific GPS coordinates for each image, thanks to the in-camera GPS of the X1D II.

This was my second trip to this part of Colorado during the fall. We chose to use Ridgway as our base on this occasion, rather than Ouray, to be closer to the points of interest that we wanted to photograph. The climate was perfect and the fall color did not disappoint.

For trip planning, Robert Hitchman’s Photograph America Newsletter – Colorful Colorado is a good starting point.

Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop
FrameShop script

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First Impressions of the Hasselblad X1D II 50C Medium Format Camera

On June 19, 2019, Hasselblad announced the X1D II 50C, an evolutionary second edition of the mirrorless medium format X1D 50C. When the original X1D was announced in June 2016, it was the world’s first mirrorless medium format camera. Since that time, Fuji has introduced its GFX line of mirrorless medium format cameras, including the 100-megapixel GFX 100. See my post on the original X1D 50C here and my comparison of the GFX 50S and the X1D 50C here.

Now that I’ve had the X1D II for a few days and have used it in the field, I’ll offer my first impressions. Just first impressions. Not a comprehensive review. And not a scientific A-B comparison of RAW files from the original and new edition. For the most part, my impressions are based on my primary use of the camera – landscape photography. I don’t use flash, shoot JPEG, shoot video, or photograph stuff that moves rapidly (for example, birds in flight, soccer games, or unruly kids). Since I’ve been using the X1D for over two years, my findings and opinions are strongly biased by my experience with the original camera. New entrants to the Hasselblad X community may experience discoveries or have observations that I omit or gloss over.
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