So, the H6D-100 is slow- WRONG! Load it up with a cfast and it is a totally different camera, unlimited buffer and it doesn’t stop. Thanks cfast, you made my day!
After a three day workshop in Albury and finally getting some prints done from the H6D-100 it can be said that at A2 the files are extremely detailed. Colour is typically well rendered Hasselblad and edge sharpness is amazing with the 80mm lens.
All good on the file front. Be aware and this is a warning to all those looking to invest in one hundred million pixels- if you want speed you need Cfast. Without the faster cards its frustratingly slow, and why wouldn’t it be with such big files. Slow to shoot, slow to down load, buy Cfast, after all its going to be the cheapest part of the camera.
Primary colours are amazing, reds and yellows especially, but it is the vast brightness range that makes the difference, if you are a pro this could save your bacon on a job.
I only had a short time to run around Newtown yesterday and shoot some street stuff. I tried to pick things with lots of detail and get a sense of how the sensor renders color. Check them out however there is no way you can get an idea of how big and versatile these files are until you actually work with them.
I think using them is initially going to be a little slow until I update, at this point the PC is handling them better than the Mac but that is possibly because of the extra RAM packed into the PC.
The color is spot on accurate and gives you so many options for grading plus the massive files allow for some aggressive cropping if needed.
Next big test will be the night shoot and long exposures. I did notice that it actually goes down to 64 ISO which will be handy for blurring movement.
So as I sit having the morning coffee, I ponder the onehundredmillionpixel question – Do you need it?
First of all, why is it good?
- Tonal range- the is literally nothing like it, recover blown highlights and black shadows it’s a one shot HDR.
- Sharpness- you run out of slider before you get any sign of over sharpening.
- Colour- awesome color rendition.
- Lenses- so far the HC lenses are more than capable including the zooms. This is testimony to the original designs.
- Phocus 3- I know, it’s not capture one, but that’s the point. Fast workflow that delivers excellent files and easy to use, take a good look at yourself capture one- too slow, too complicated.
What it ain’t-
- Fast- a lot of data is being pushed around here and without cfast cards or the latest USB it is no speed demon.
- Easy to data wrangle- these files are big, everything slows down. Processed tiffs can get up to 600mb per file- buy a new hard drive immediately.
- Finalised- some things are not enabled yet but, to hasselblads credit the camera is glitch free out of the box and the files are sweet.
So who needs it?
- Anyone who makes big prints for fine art.
- Landscape photographers
- Portrait shooters
- Anyone who wants a point of difference and would like to stand out from the DSLR crowd.
- Anyone who has turned up to a job and had the client say “I have a DSLR like yours, why am I paying so much money for you to shoot?”
I have attached my first shots done last night but looking forward to getting it in the hands of some photographers.
Really nice monochrome from the K1 and the Sigma 35mm Art. Also used the old 43mm 1.8 and the 77mm 1.8 both of which are surprisingly good with loads of personality.