We crawled into an deserted faculty bus, trespassed via dilapidated hallways, dodged fleeting thunderstorms and wandered via empty streets of Chinatown late into the night. For 2 summery weeks, I couldn’t have been happier.
New York Metropolis was in lockdown. I’d been quarantined in my dinky condo, disheartened and stressed. I used to be anxious to do one thing artistic. Fortunately, the Hasselblad X1D II 50C arrived for assessment, together with approval from the studio heads for socially-distanced, out of doors shoots.
Taking photos of the mundane (flowers, buildings, and such) would’ve been a disservice to a $10,000 digital camera equipment, so as a substitute, my associates and I collaborated on a enjoyable, little mission: we shot portraits impressed by our favourite movies.
Outfitted with masks and a bottle of hand sanitizer, we put the X1D II 50C and 80mm F/1.9 lens (perfect for close-ups with out really having to be shut up) via its paces in a few of NYC’s much less acquainted backdrops.
Earlier than I get into any bother for the final picture – Alex and Jason are skilled stuntmen and that’s a rubber prop gun. They have been reenacting the penultimate scene from Infernal Affairs – an excellent piece of Hong Kong cinema (a lot better than the Scorsese remake).
Whereas the digital camera is barely extra approachable by way of value and ease of use with a number of upgrades (bigger, extra responsive rear display screen, a cleaned-up menu, tethering capabilities, sooner startup time and shutter launch), the X1D II is actually the identical as its predecessor. So I skipped the usual assessment.
Picture Credit: Veanne Cao
What it’s, what it isn’t
The most typical grievance in regards to the X1D was its gradual autofocus, gradual shutter launch and quick battery life. The X1D II improved on these options, although not by a lot. Slightly than seeing the lag as a hindrance, I used to be pressured to decelerate and re-wire my mind for a extra considerate capturing type (a nice aspect impact).
As I discussed in my X1D assessment, Apple and different smartphone producers have made capturing nice photos easy. As such, the accessibility has created a tradition of excessively capturing on a regular basis banalities. You shoot way over you’ll ever want. It’s one thing I’m responsible of. Fairly certain 90% of the pictures on my iPhone digital camera roll are throwaways. (The opposite 10% are of my canine and he’s spectacularly photogenic.)
The X1D II, nonetheless, isn’t a straightforward digital camera. It’s irritating at instances. In case you’re a newbie, you’ll have to study the basics (ISO, f-stops, when to click on the shutter), however the payoff is price it. There’s an amazing sense of gratification if you get that one shot. And at 50 megapixels, it’s filled with particulars and worthy of hanging in your wall. Shelling out a ton of cash for the X1D II gained’t immediately make you a greater photographer, however it must encourage you to grow to be one.
With out the contrived studio lights and set design, our out of doors shoots turned an train in improvisation: we wandered via the boroughs discovering practicals (avenue lights, neon lights… the solar), discovering places, and switching spots when issues didn’t pan out.
We explored, we had objective.
My takeaway from the 2 weeks with this digital camera: pause and be significant in your actions.