Weighing just 320g , Hasselblad has announced what it claims to the the world's lightest autofocus lens for digital medium format cameras.
The XCD 4/45P offers a focal length of 45mm and is designed to work with the Hasselblad X1D II 50C to provide a medium format camera system that is perfect for travel and street photography. The addition means that there are now ten lenses in the XCD range. The latest lens will also be compatible with the older Hasselblad X1D-50c, once a firmware update is available (this is expected to be released ahead of the lens going on sale).
The wide-angle view it offers is equivalent to that of a 36mm on a full-frame sensor camera. It has a maximum aperture of f/4, but can be stopped down to a minimum aperture setting of f/22.
With a leaf shutter offering quieter shooting that with some other cameras - the new lens also gives the benefit of flash synchronization up to 1/2000sec. It offers a minimum focus of 35mm and a maximum magnification of 1:5.2. It protrudes just 47mm when mounted on the camera.
The lens is constructed from nine elements in seven groups, and includes the use of two aspherical elements.
The Hasselblad XCD 4/45P will go on sale by the end of January for a recommended retail price of $1099 / £1030.