Hasselblad H1 body + Phase One P25 back, close to mint.

over 2 years ago
Hasselblad H1 body + Phase One P25 back, close to mint.
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Meridian, ID, United States

I have for sale this awesome Hasselblad H1 body and Phase One P25 back.
TL;DR: This is what is included in this listing:
Hasselblad H1 Body with 965 actuations.
HV-90x eye level viewfinder with 10 flash exposures.
9.6V 750mAh battery grip.
CR123A battery powered backup grip.
Hasselblad BC-H battery charger.
Original Hasselblad H1 Manual.
Phase One P25 H101 Digital Back with 44693 exposures and cover plate.
2 x BP-915 2300mAh batteries for Phase One P Series digital backs.
Hahnel dual charger for Phase One batteries.
Soft case for the digital back.
I'm asking $4200, free shipping and PayPal fee included (Or subtract 3% if paid as Family and Friends, note that buyer protection is not available with this option).
In-depth description.
The body is in fantastic cosmetic condition, as you can see from the images, the body and prism are remarkably clean, with very few signs of wear being most of them microscopic and almost imperceptible without visual aids.
The top LCD screen and the battery grip are where you are going to find most of those little signs of wear, and I tried to highlight them with a side light despite the fact that they are much less noticeable in real life, just putting it here for completeness. The body registers only 965 actuations, the small flash in the viewfinder only 10 exposures, because it was mostly left as a backup body.
The digital back is also in a fantastic cosmetic state, very clean and with a scratch-free screen. It registers 44693 actuations, but having no mechanical parts, it shouldn't be a reason for concern. The few signs of wear are rather conveniently located in very specific and imperceptible places, like the lower corners and attaching plate and the rubberized base.
In terms of sensor size, this is almost a full frame 645 sensor, with a 1.15 crop factor (48.9 x 36.7mm) and although a few years old, this 22mpx not only competes with modern small factor DSLRs (think of the Canon 6D, the 5D Mark III, Nikon 610 or D750), it beats them for a few reasons: 16-bit color, huge 9µm pixels and more than twice the area of a 35mm full frame sensor guarantee you accurate color reproduction (you definitely need a camera profile), and virtually noise-free shadows, even when recovering two or three stops.
Last but not least, the "medium format look", which I describe as the optical effect of the smoother transition between focused and out of focus areas as a result of a large capturing area. To give you an idea, f/4 on this camera system, even with the kit lens which has an equivalent focal length of 56mm in 35mm cameras, is already remarkably thin, I usually have to go f/8 or f/5.6 at the very least. And in the sharpness department you are also covered, because the Hasselblad H system works fantastic even with the kit lens (not included).
If you compare it even with the best of the lenses in the Canon and Nikon lineup, like the Canon 85mm f/1.2 or the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 G, it reaches the same level of sharpness with much less chromatic aberration at wide apertures. A more direct comparison in terms of focal length would be against the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art, and you would not notice any major difference in terms of sharpness at 100% magnification (see the included examples). My examples, by the way are in the one of the best possible conditions, studio setup with Einstein and a very short flash duration (therefore, no trace of camera,/shutter/photographer/subject induced blur) and even the same light modifier, straight out of camera and at 100% magnification. I even included a comparison against other popular camera systems to give you an idea of just how awesome is the image quality.
I've shot this combination almost exclusively on studio for portrait sessions, but the very few times I've taken them outside, they behave fantastic especially if you like me are a Strobist and you care about your flash sync speed (Hasselblad HC lenses have leaf shutter and can synchronize at any speed).
Even the back of the camera is in pristine state.
Here are the number of actuations as reported by the camera.
The whole enchilada.
SooC. This is the depth of field you get shooting at f/3.2 (one third of a stop from wide open on the HC 80mm f/2.8 lens), technically it would be equivalent to f/2.2 in 35mm format, but note how incredibly shallow it already is; the front shoulder and even the short side of her face are graciously transitioning in the out of focus area.
As for sharpness, take a look what the kit lens (not included) can produce, almost wide open and as viewed at 100% magnification.
Compare it with the Sonny Sonnar 55mm f/1.8 @1.8 mounted on the a7RII. Although not in exactly the same circumstances (the 55 was wide-open, the HC 80mm f/2.8 was 1/3rd of a stop from wide open @ f/3.2) note how the Hasselblad + P25 combo has better pixel level acuity and micro contrast.
And another comparison against the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art @ 2.8 mounted on the 20mp Canon 6D. Note that although the depth of field and pixel acuity are pretty much the same, the Sigma is closed down two full stops from wide open.
For the ultimate comparison, checkout the H1+P25 image against the Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 @f/4 (three full stops from wide open!) mounted on a Canon 5DSR.