Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Best Of The Best

By The Editors Published in Cameras
The Best Of The Best


Quick Summary: The H5D-200MS is Hasselblad's top medium-format DSLR, with a 49.1x36.7mm 50-megapixel CCD sensor like the one in the H4D-50. But besides doing normal 50-megapixel single images, it can do 50-megapixel multi-shot images, in which four identical shots are made, with the sensor shifted one pixel for each, so that each pixel receives all colors (RGB), with no moiré. In 200MS mode, the camera combines six identical shots, with the sensor shifted 1.5 pixels between them, into one 200-megapixel image.

Special Strengths: The H5D-200MS features improved weatherproofing and a large-capacity lithium-ion battery, and it can be used tethered, so it's at home in or out of the studio. Exposure times range from 128 to 1⁄800 sec., ISO settings from 50-800. There's phase-detection AF with True Focus II (which compensates for focus changes when recomposing after focusing) and a big, bright eye-level viewfinder for easy manual focusing (a waist-level finder is also available). The H5D-200MS will accept the 12 HC/HCD high-performance central-shutter lenses from 24mm to 300mm, as well as (via adapter) more than 15 Carl Zeiss V-system lenses. An optional print-ready JPEG at ¼ resolution can be recorded along with a RAW image. Images can be saved on UDMA CompactFlash cards or tethered to Macs or PCs. Estimated Street Price: $42,995 (body and back).

Also Consider: Hasselblad H5D-60. The H5D-60 offers the H5D-200MS's features, but with a 53.7x40.2mm 60-megapixel sensor and without the multi-shot feature. IS0 range is 50-1600, exposure time ranges from 32 to 1⁄800 sec. All H5D cameras offer Hasselblad's Digital Lens Correction, which automatically fine-tunes lens performance on the fly, plus digital spirit levels, which appear on the 3.0-inch, 460-pixel LCD display and in the viewfinder. Estimated Street Price: $39,995 (body and back).


Quick Summary: The Leica S is a weather-sealed, 37.5-megapixel, 16-bit medium-format DSLR with a 45x30mm CCD sensor and a "conventional" DSLR form factor (it's about the same size and weight as a pro "35mm" DSLR).

Special Strengths: The S improves on its predecessor, the S2, even though it was the first in the line, with a new (albeit same pixel-count) image sensor, faster processing, better image quality, double the buffer size (2 GB, so the S can shoot up to 32 full-res RAW images at 1.5 fps), a 3.0-inch, 920K-dot LCD, integrated GPS, new predictive PDAF, ISOs from 100-1600 and more. Leica offers compact lenses designed specifically for the S cameras, as well as adapters for Hasselblad, Mamiya and Pentax medium-format lenses. Estimated Street Price: $21,950 (body only).

Also Consider: Leica M. Okay, it's not a DSLR; it's a classic Leica rangefinder camera with a 24-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor that can use all Leica M and (via optional adapter) R lenses. It offers live view on a 3.0-inch, 920K-dot monitor, 1080p full HD video, focus peaking, a quiet shutter, 3 fps shooting, a rugged splashproof body and more. There's even an optional eye-level EVF. The M is perhaps the ultimate "street camera." Estimated Street Price: $6,950 (body only).

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