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Hasselblad XCD 2,5/25V wide angle lens announced

Posted on May 7, 2024

Hasselblad has announced the XCD 2,5/25V, the latest addition to its XCD V series, designed for night photography and low-light conditions

The XCD 2,5/25V offers a significantly wider aperture than other wide Hasselblad lenses, such as XCD 4/21 or 4/28P, increasing from f/4 to f/2.5. This makes it a compelling choice for photographers specialising in low light applications.

Hasselblad XCD 2,5/25V attached to camera product photo on white background
© Hasselblad

Optical features

The XCD 2,5/25V boasts a 25mm focal length (20mm full frame equivalent), paired with a large f/2.5 aperture.

It features 13 elements in 10 groups including four aspheric elements and three extra-low dispersion elements. As such the lens is said to be fully compatible with cameras up to 100 million pixels, while suppressing chromatic aberration and achieving a close minimum focusing distance of just 0.25cm.

Hasselblad tells us such optical design equips the lens with the ability to handle complex lighting scenarios typical of urban nightscapes, night street photography, and astrophotography, along with detailed low-light indoor portraits.

Leaf shutter

The XCD 2,5/25V also includes a leaf shutter, which can operate at speeds up to 1/4000sec. This high shutter speed is allows for flash synchronisation at all speeds, which is particularly useful in bright daylight conditions.

Hasselblad XCD 2,5/25V and in-the-box accessories product photo
In the box | © Hasselblad

Design and useability

Enjoying the same aesthetics as the rest of the XCD V series, the XCD 2,5/25V includes a push-pull focusing ring that allows users to swiftly switch between autofocus and manual focus.

Furthermore, a customisable control ring can be programmed to operate aperture, shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation.

The lens also features a linear stepper motor and a lightweight focusing lens group, which together increase autofocus performance.

All this is packed into a relatively compact and lightweight body, which tips the scales at 592g.

Stay tuned to Photography News for a full test of the XCD 2,5/25V. In the meantime, visit the Hasselblad website for more information.

Hasselblad XCD 2,5/25V product photo on white background
© Hasselblad

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