Medium format cameras are known for a few things. First and foremost, they produce excellent images that smaller format cameras can’t touch. Second, they are big and heavy and aren’t really designed to ever leave the studio. And finally, they are known for being really, really expensive. Hasselblad’s new X1D, announced earlier today, is a medium format camera that stays true to the first trend, bucks the second, and yeah, at nearly $9,000 for just the body, is still pretty expensive. But it’s a damn cool camera.
I had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with the X1D today and I’m still taken aback at just how compact it is. It’s close in size to a Canon Rebel, and could easily fit in a shoulder bag or hang from your neck all day….