Thursday, October 22

Chillout TGIFridays: Hasselblad 907X Special Moon Edition – pictorial of a rare camera

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A quick one today with a pictorial on a rather rare camera, which was announced by Hasselblad on July 2019, and began shipping sometime first quarter this year. This is the Hasselblad 907X Special Moon Edition, a rather rare camera. We bring you photographs on a recent handling session with the camera owned by a friend.The camera was released to celebrate the 50 years of the Moon Landing, where the official mission camera were made by Hasselblad. 

Hasselblad 907X Moon Edition

Hasselblad 907X Moon Edition with the XCD 3.2/90mm lens attached.

The cameras carried on the Apollo 11 mission were modified versions of the Hassleblad 500 ELM, and shot a variety of colour and black & white film. There were three cameras taken on the Apollo 11 mission – a silver Hasselblad Data Camera (HDC) and two black Hasselblad Electric Cameras (HEC) . The first was the HDC strapped to Armstrong’s chest on his space suit to shoot the lunar surface. This HDC was fitted with the Zeiss Biogon 60mm f/5.6 lens and a 70mm film magazine. The second was a HEC with a Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8 lens. used from inside the Eagle lunar module and the third HEC was used by Michael Collins on board the Command Module Columbia in lunar orbit. The HEC used by Collins was the only camera which was brought back to Earth from the mission to reduce the weight load on the space craft. The other two are still on the Moon!

The limited-edition 907X Special Edition celebrates the anniversary of the first Moon landing and the Hasselblad cameras that documented this historic event, which were left behind on the lunar surface fifty years ago. While Hasselblad press information stated the series was a limited edition, we could not find any information as to the number of this limitation, and assume it is a limitation by time. We understand orders are closed, and the series is considered as sold out.

The 907X Special Edition includes the 907X camera body and CFV II 50C digital back, both in matte black, just like the HEC used by Collins that made it back to Earth. The 907X body is just a slim sliver which contain mounting points for the digital back and the lens, and the electronics.

Hasselblad 907X Body.

The back is the CFV II 50C, which sports a 50Mp sensor measuring 44mm x 33mm. This is the same sensor as the one used in the Hasselblad X1D we reviewed earlier.

The CFV II 50C back which is part of the Moon Edition 907X.

On the digital back is the text “On the Moon Since 1969”, commemorating the HDC and HEC left behind on the lunar surface fifty years ago.

The 907X and CFV II 50C together form this new camera. The camera can use any of Hasselblad’s XCD lenses  or support to V, H, or XPan systems through available lens adapters. No lens was included with the 907X Special Edition. The photograph we show here is attached to an XCD 3.2/90mm lens which is purchased separately.

On August 30, 2020, Hasselblad announced a non-limited edition 907X in Chrome, which looks like the commercial 500 ELM of the day with an upgraded rear LCD. The new LCD is 3.2 inch, 2.36 M dots (1024 x 768) while the CFV II Special (Moon) Edition uses an LCD which is 3 inch, 920 K dots.

The new 907X, non-limited edition with chrome finish. Hasselblad press image.

The 907X Special Edition had an MSRP of € 6500 / US$ 7499 / £ 5825 excl. VAT. As we understand it, the edition is sold out. The regular 907X in chrome is priced at about US$ 1000 less.

Photographed with the Canon EOS R5 with Canon EF100L Macro using the EF Adapter. Many thanks to my friend Steve for allowing us to handle and photograph his camera, which we understand is only one of two in Singapore to date.

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