Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2 Review
The Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2 is a fast and tack-sharp short telephoto lens that exhibits very low chromatic aberrations and almost no distortion. Vignetting at wide-open apertures is the first real optical issue of note - stopping down to f/8 solves the problem altogether. Perhaps more concerning for a lens that will be often used wide-open for portraits is the nature of the bokeh, which appears as an octagon rather than a circle when shooting at f/3.2.
As with the XCD 45mm lens, build quality is again excellent, with the metal lens mount and sober all-black design adding to the high-quality feel, and Hasselblad have also included a very good metal lens hood and soft cloth bag. Manual focusing is a pleasure, with manual focus over-ride at any time a great feature, although auto-focusing on the X1D again proved to be both slow and rather noisy.
In summary, we like the new Hasselblad XCD 90mm f/3.2 lens, although not quite as much as the XCD 45mm, thanks mainly to those octagonal, rather than circular, bokeh effects.
|Ratings (out of 5)|
|Value for money||4|