Hasselblad’s XCD 21mm f/4 is the company's widest lens yet

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Now available to order, this new wide prime expands the range of glass for the Hasselblad X1D.

Users of the medium format Hasselblad X1D currently have four native lenses to pair with their camera, and now the firm has added another.

The XCD 21mm f/4 is the firm’s widest-ever lens, bearing an equivalent focal length of 17mm in 35mm terms. Though it’s especially suited for architecture and landscape photography, it also features a 32cm close-distance setting for close-up work, a setting that provides a 1:10 magnification ratio.

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As with all XCD lenses, it carries a leaf shutter that allows for shutter speeds between 60mins and 1/2000sec, as well as full flash synchronisation. Also, when paired with the automatic lens correction tool in Hasselblad’s bespoke processing software, Phocus, the lens produces lines that are "completely free from any distortion,” according to the firm’s product manager Ove Bengtsson.

The optic's internal construction is made up of 13 elements in 9 groups, with two aspherical elements among them, and the front has a 77mm thread for filters. The lens also uses an internal focusing system, meaning it doesn’t change length while focusing. 

The XCD 21mm f/4 was one of several lenses forecast on the Hasselblad 2018 roadmap released last year, which promises more primes and later this year a mid-range zoom. You can view the full lens roadmap here

Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 price and release date

The Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 is expected to begin shipping from mid-May, carrying a price tag of £2749/$3,650 (excl. tax). For more information, head to Hasselblad’s website