We read a lot of good advice about using manual M lenses on smaller sensor cameras such as APS-C and micro four-thirds. We’re all familiar with the effects of the 1.5 or 2.0 crop, using just the centre of the full-frame lens.
But I’ve never given much thought to the use of the same M lenses on a medium-format mirrorless camera such as the Fuji GFX or Hasselblad X1D. Luckily, Ming Thein, now Chief of Strategy at Hasselblad, has done just that. Ming’s assessment is enhanced by his long-time familiarity with the Leica system as well as his in-depth knowledge of the X1D. M-mount lenses, as ever, are extremely small thanks to their lack of motors and electronic gubbins. They make great companions for most mirrorless cameras, offering top performance in a neat package.
Ming goes into a great deal of detail in assessing a wide range of M, VM and ZM manual lenses for use on the X1D. Using manual lenses on the ‘Blad raises one big hurdle, the absence of a mechanical shutter in the camera. While native lenses do incorporate a shutter, the M-mount lenses must rely on the electronic mechanism in the X1D and this can have consequences such as rolling shutter effect which has to be guarded against.
And lenses need to be chosen with care. Some optics — such as the 50mm Summicrons and a number of Zeiss designs — don’t play well with the X1D. But Ming discovered one lens from Leica that is an ideal companion for the medium-format Hasselblad. It is none other than the 50mm f/1.4 Summilux. So if you want a fast, lightweight and compact 50mm for your X1D look no further than the Summilux.
To discover how Ming came to this conclusion, read the full article here.
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