Hasselblad Flextight X1 - a kind of review

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Hasselblad Flextight X1 (from Hasselblad.com)

Hasselblad Flextight X1 (from Hasselblad.com)

The Hasselblad sales pitch is that the Flextight X1 'should serve most photographers' needs', that its 'quality is unsurpassed', and that it is fast, can take care of most kinds of originals and, to top it off, is easy to use.

Sounds like a dream scanner. But, at around 15.000 Euro new it is pretty much the definition of expensive (or at least one such definition; the X1's sibling, the X5, sells for another 10.000 Euro). And, at 20,5kg the X1 also a real beast when compared to other scanners, bar drum scanners or old professional flatbeds.

So, why on Earth would someone invest in such a scanner when it is possible today to obtain excellent results by digitising 35mm film with full frame digital cameras and scanning larger formats with capable scanners such as the current range Epson flatbeds? 

This article will not answer such questions but will instead focus on how the scanner's output and ease-of-use. 



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