Let’s Get Serious: Hasselblad X1D II 50C not a Fujifilm GFX 50 Killer, and GFX100 vs X1DII with 3 Lenses Cost the Same

So, Hasselblad did it, and they announced the brand new Hasselblad X1D II 50C.

It comes with a good price tag of $5,750.

That’s still more expensive than the Fujifilm GFX50R and Fujifilm GFX50S, but not that much. And it is certainly much cheaper than the Fujifilm GFX100, but the latter features a 100 MP BSI sensor and IBIS.

I am very happy that Hasselblad is going aggressive when it comes to pricing on the Hasselblad X1D II 50C.

But from here to say that the Hasselblad X1D II 50C is a Fujifilm GFX killer (as some said over at facebook and elsewhere) is a bit an exaggeration.

Usually, when you buy a camera, you also buy some lenses to go with it. And you always have to factor lenses into your investment, too.

So let’s do it now:

Let’s buy the Hasselblad X1D II 50C as well as the GFX 50R with 3 comparable GF and X1D lenses (not counting the current GFX discount).




The Fujifilm GFX kit will cost you $10,896, whereas the Hasselblad X1D kit $ 17,425.

You basically save about 40% by investing into the GFX system, and if you would buy today, with the current GFX deals, you actually save almost 50% over the X1D system.

And what about the Fujifilm GFX100?

Let’s try the same combo:

  • GFX 100 + 3 lenses above = $ 16,396
  • X1D II 50C + 3 lenses above = $ 17,425

So even by buying the Fujifilm GFX100 and 3 lenses at full price, you still save $1,000 with the Fuji GFX system and you also get:

  • IBIS
  • much faster autofocus
  • 100 megapixel
  • 4K/30p video
  • twice as fast continuous shooting frame rate
  • BSI sensor with full phase detection pixel coverage
  • & more

There is one fundamental design choice Hasselblad made, that makes the X1D system always substantially more expensive over the GFX system: the lack of focal plane shutter.

This has 2 downsides:

  • you can’t use cheap old legacy glass on the Hasselblad X1D
  • you have to pay for the leaf shutter every single time with every lens purchase

Guys, I am the first one to be happy about another player in the medium format market, that competes with Fujifilm. That’s what we customers need: competition!

The Hasselblad X1D II 50C is a much needed and welcome upgrade to the orginial X1D. The faster processor will sort out quite some issues the first generation cameras had.

But the GFX system remains the by far most affordable option to go into medium format, and the new Hasselblad X1D II 50C hasn’t changed that.

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Hasselblad X1D II 50C Announced for $5,750

The Hasselblad X1D II 50C has been announced and it will cost you $5,750. They also announced the XCD 35-75mm f/3,5-4,5.

Product Highlights

  • 50MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS Sensor
  • 16-Bit Color, 14-Stop Dynamic Range
  • Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
  • 0.87x 3.69m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder – original X1D had 2.36MP EVF
  • 3.6″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD – original X1D had 3.0″ 920k-Dot monitor
  • Leaf Shutter System, 1/2000 sec Sync
  • ISO 100-25600, Up to 2.7 fps Shooting – original X1D shot at 2.3 fp
  • Dual SD UHS-II Memory Card Slots
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 Type-C
  • New Processor
  • build-in GPS

Definitely a good price, but still more expensive than th Fujifilm GFX50R (currently $4,000) and Fujifilm GFX50S ($5,500).

This is a fantastic news for Fujifilm GFX lovers, since the more competition there is in the medium format segment, the more companies will fight for customers and offer more features for less price.

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Hasselblad X1D MK II Coming to Challenge Fujifilm GFX100

Hasselblad X1D MK II

The original Hasselblad X1D flopped in reviews and at the box office, so I was wondering if we will ever see a successor.

Luckily, as spotted by mirrrorlessrumors, the Hasselblad X1D MK II has been officially registered.

Mirrorlessrumors thinks it will feature the same 100 megapixel sensor of the Fujifilm GFX100.

Hasselblad X1D, Any Chance against Fujifilm GFX?

The Fujifilm GFX system dominated the medium format market overnight, thanks to an attractive price (for medium format standards) and a solid performance, unlike the Hasselblad X1D, a stylish, but buggy and slow camera (overheating, 7 seconds start-up time etc.).

Hasselblad tried to address some issues via firmware update, but it’s clear that only the Hasselblad X1D MK II can really introduce those improvements needed to make it a proper performer.

I doubt, though, the Hasselblad X1D MK II will have an aggressive pricing, like the Fujifilm GFX.

In fact, Hasselblad has only one mirrorless camera line (the X1D) and development costs must be very high, whereas Fujifilm shares the R&D costs for the GFX with its APS-C system. Hence, new features and software enhancement introduced to the X system, can be simply taken over to the Fujifilm GFX.

This is why I believe Fujifilm will always have substantial price advantage over Hasselblad.

And Hasselblad should definitely stick a proper mechanical shutter into the Hasselblad X1D MK II. I mean, just check out here in our GFX group, how extremely popular the use of old full frame and medium format glass on the Fujifilm GFX is.

The mechanical shutter opens up lots of possibilites to experiment, try, test… or, in other words, have fun with third party glass.

But we will see. Maybe the X1D MK II will have a global shutter ;).

Most important for us customers is that the Fujifilm GFX gets some hard competition that forces Fujifilm to work harder and better, so fingers crossed the Hasselblad X1D Mark II will be a freaking amazing camera. :)

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