Hands-on: Hasselblad XCD 35-75 review

Hasselblad's first zoom for the X system is as optically sophisticated as the prime lenses

Hands-on: Hasselblad XCD 35-75 review

Early Verdict

Its performance is promised to be on par with XCD prime lenses, and from our initial test drive we can't disagree. The Hasselblad XCD 35-75 delivers crisp, clear performance across the entire zoom range, with no obvious signs of distortion or other optical compromise. The internal focusing speaks to Hasselblad's premium design, though it does make the lack of constant aperture feel even more curious.


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    Prime-like performance

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    Internal focusing


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    Lack of constant aperture

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    Not quite a 24-70 equivalent

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As part of our hands-on Hasselblad X1D II 50C review, we had the opportunity to put the newly announced Hasselblad XCD 35-75mm (or XCD 3,5-4,5/35-75mm Zoom Lens, to give its official designation) through its paces.

The first zoom lens in the X system, the 35-75mm takes the lens line-up to nine – resulting in a pretty complete offering for the system, from 21mm through to 230mm (17.2mm to 188.6mm in equivalent 35mm terms). 

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.