Hasselblad – H1D – User Manual

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Introduction 4
1. Quick Start Guide 13
2. Function Control & Display 21
3. Camera Body 69
4. Viewfinder 75
5. Lenses 79
6. Film Magazines 85
7. Light Metering
& Exposure Control 99
8. General Functions 111
9. Advanced Features 123
10. Flash 151
11. Optional Accessories 157
12. Appendix 163
Hasselblad H1D
Quick Start Guide 13
Function Control & Display 21
Sensor unit & Image Bank 41
Control panel 44
Zooming 47
Browse options 48
Deleting images 49
Changing settings 51
Error messages 55
Image Bank 56
Battery 58
Transferring images 59
Contents window 60
Image transfer options 63
Care and maintenance 65
Camera Body 69
Carrying strap 71
Batteries 71
Viewfinder screen 72
Accessory connection 73
PC-connector 73
Viewfinder 75
Parts & Components 77
Attaching and
removing the viewfinder 77
Eyepiece adjustment 78
Lenses 79
Parts & Components 80
Attaching a lens 80
Removing a lens 81
Lens cap 81
Filters and accessories 81
Lens shades 81
Shutter and aperture control 82
Depth-of-field calculation 82
Depth-of-field / visual preview 83
Infrared focus settings 83
Focusing aid 83
Film Magazines 85
Parts & Components 86
LCD panel 87
LCD illumination button 872 3 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
Change up button 87
Change down button 88
Function selector 88
Film plane index 88
Darkslide indicator 88
Darkslide key 89
Film tab holder 89
Film holder key 89
Magazine settings lock 89
Databus interface 89
Magazine operation 90
Battery 90
Battery replacement 90
Attaching and removing the magazine 91
Magazine settings 92
Film speed setting 92
Film speed setting / Barcode 92
Film length/number of frames 93
Data imprint setting 94
Frame counter setting 94
Low-battery symbol 95
Film loading 96
Film wind off 98
Light Metering & Exposure Control 99
Metering method 102
Exposure method 103
Manual exposure mode 104
Automatic exposure mode 105
AE- L button 106
Exposure compensation 109

General Functions 111
Power – ON 112
Power – Standby 112
Power – OFF 113
Manual focus 113
Manual focus mode 114
Manual override 114
Autofocus 115
Single Shot 115
Continuous 117
Autofocus mode 117
Drive 118
Single 118
Continuous 118
Multi exposure 119
Profiles 120
Making a profile 121
Changing a profile name 122
Advanced Features 123
Self Timer 124
Bracketing 128
Interval 131
Settings 133
Custom Options 136
Digital 142
User Button 144
Imprinting 146
Flash 151
Integral flash 154
Flash measure 156
Optional Accessories 157
Appendix 163
Glossary 164
Technical specifications 173
Equipment care, service and guarantee 1814 5 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
You have in your possession the result of the most intensive technical development pro-
gramme ever undertaken by Hasselblad, the most prestigious medium-format camera
manufacturer in the world. It reflects an unprecedented wealth of knowledge and expe –
rience tightly interwoven with the latest technological developments that combined to
produce an unrivalled world-class creative tool for the discerning photographer.
Hasselblad had its beginnings during the last fifty years of the last millennium.
Within twenty years it was present as mankind took the first small step on the moon.
Hasselblad continues its journey into the future exploiting the latest in developments to
create a completely digital medium-format camera. It produces the utmost in image-
quality, handling and versatility resulting from the most reliable and efficient solutions
to meet photographers’ expectations.
The H1D camera system presents a list of features coloured by superlatives. What was
once considered optional is now integral. The potential of this outstanding professional
equipment straight out of the box is dazzling.
But there is no trade-off in quality for the sake of trend technology. The three pillars of
the Hasselblad reputation remain: Reliability, Versatility, Interchangeability. Stainless 4 5 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
steel and aluminium for no-nonsense professional use and durability. Silicon chip con-
trol for basic practical support as well as sophisticated facilities to span all demands.
A digital capture facility that is in the forefront to easily match the demands of most
professional photographers working in the medium format. A system to trust and build
on, that will develop and grow in pace with tomorrow’s discoveries.
The list of features is long, varied and comprehensive. Take a deep breath and read the
following: 22 megapixel sensor unit interchangeable with an optional 120/220 film
back, shutter speeds from 18 hours to 1/800s, automatic focus with instant manual
override, dot-matrix LCDs, rapid button and control wheel user interface, integral grip,
integral fill-flash, multi-mode exposure metering, TTL flash control, extremely accurate
electronic leaf shutter, eyeline viewfinder with 100% view, lithium or rechargeable bat –
tery options, user customization of functions. And that’s not all! Bracketing, interval tim-
er, rapid access user button, flash measure, integral diopter adjustment in viewfinder,
zone system capability, time-lapse photography, customized profiles and so on. And,
apart from the practical aspects, the H1D also exudes a feeling of superb design and
ergonomics that makes the camera a pleasure to own as well as use. Being Hasselblad,
the results are stunning in quality too, of course. 6 7 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
So Hasselblad, the most distinguished pioneer in medium-format photography, yet
again takes the vanguard position. We are confident that you are going to incorporate
this camera inseparably into your photographic life. We are also confident that you are
going to produce images you are proud of. Some of these will remain as a documenta-
tion of the history of our world, perhaps even beyond. That’s how it is with Hasselblad.
The primary goal of all camera development is of course the seamless and unobtrusive
production of superb images, regardless of situation. The H1D has abilities and features
that you may not think you need, yet. Each individual has their own way of working.
But the H1D has tremendous scope for fine-tuning your technique possibly beyond
your present ambitions so that is why we have decided to get you and your camera
acquainted and on friendly-terms as rapidly as possible.
The Quick Start section of this manual is therefore intended for everybody as a rapid-access
informational source, regardless of final goal. With it you should be able to take photo –
graphs ‘untethered’ within minutes of unpacking. The H1D will function equally well as an
automatic point-and-shoot or as a total-control, ultra-professional instrument. 6 7 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
The rest of the user manual is intended to be the standard bookshelf reference manual.
In it you will find full user descriptions, LCD charts, specifications, etc. There is a glossary
of terms at the end of the manual if some words or terms are unfamiliar.
Take your time to learn the intricacies and potentials of the H1D. Go at your own pace
and explore the possibilities when you feel ready for the next step. Results will be good
from the word go, that’s guaranteed, but there is always room for improvement, more
efficient ways of working, etc and that will be up to you to determine and decide upon.
The supreme Hasselblad potential is there, it’s up to you to exploit it!
Finally, please check occasionally on the Hasselblad website — www.hasselblad.com — for any updates
regarding user instructions, changes, news, or other information concerning the H system. If you have no
Internet access, please contact your Hasselblad dealer or distributor for the latest information.8 9 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
What’s in the box
Please ensure that all the items noted on the accompanying packing informa-
tion have been supplied and are correct.
Contact your Hasselblad dealer or distributor immediately if any of the items
are missing, quoting the serial numbers and purchase details.
Familiarise yourself with the various parts and components. Leave protective
covers on as much as possible and avoid touching glass surfaces and inserting
fingers into the camera body. The H1D has a robust construction and is capable
of withstanding fairly rough treatment but nevertheless is a precision instru-
ment and will serve you longer if treated with respect from the beginning.
Please read and take notice of the safety restrictions at the end of this manual.
Please keep purchase details and the warranty in a safe place. 8 9 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
The following is included with a brand new H1D:
• H1D camera body complete with sensor unit
• Viewfinder HV90X
• HC 2.8/80 mm lens
• Image Bank
• Link cables ( 2 pcs)
• FireWire cable
• FlexColor software
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1. Flash unit hot-shoe
2. Rubber eyecup
3. Exposure mode and
metering method
selector button
4. Exposure compensation
5. Eyepiece adjustment dial
6. Grip LCD
7. Rear control wheel
8. User button
9. Camera control buttons
10. Support strap lug
11. Front control wheel
12. Shutter release button
13. Battery holder button
14. Release cord socket
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16. Stop down button
17. Battery holder retaining
18. Battery holder
19. Flash unit
20. Viewfinder screen
21. Focus assist light
22. Mirror
23. Distance and depth-of-
field scales
24. Focusing ring
25. Lens shade bayonet
26. Filter screw thread
27. Databus connection
28. Viewfinder release
29. Flash unit catch
30. Viewfinder attachment
31. Viewfinder databus
32. Magazine release button
33. Flash PC socket
34. Camera strap lug
35. Lens release button
36. Databus connection
37. Quick coupling tripod
38. Sensor unit
39. Sensor unit LCD
40. OK button
41. Browse/scroll button
42. Menu button
43. Magazine support

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44. Standard L-size battery
45. FireWire socket
46. External power supply
47. Link connector
48. Status indicator
49. On/Off button

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This section is mainly a quick start guide to assembling your new
H1D. This process should take no more than a few minutes to
complete and you will be able to take simple and straightforward
photographs digitally in untethered mode.
See the Quick Start Chart at the end of this manual for the rel-
evant illustrations that accompany this description.
Please refer to the relevant chapters and sections further in this
manual for in-depth descriptions of features and procedures.
Quick Start
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T e t h e r e d U n t e t h e r e d
FlexColor14 15 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
Quick start H1D assembly from new
The H1D can be used tethered to a computer or untethered, though in either case
always connected to the Image Bank for digital capture.
The following procedure is a general introduction to the camera from new.

1. Remove the battery holder from the grip by depressing the battery
holder button and simultaneously swinging the battery holder retaining
lever down until it stops. Pull battery holder downwards.
2. Depress the red button on the battery holder until the battery cassette is
released. Withdraw the cassette from the holder.
3. Load three CR-123 Lithium batteries into the cassette, ensuring the
polarity of each battery is correctly oriented (see the ‘+’ markings on the
cassette). Re-insert the cassette into the battery holder, ensuring the
red button clicks back into its retaining position.
4. Holding the battery holder flat against the grip and aligning the two up –
per lugs with the slot in the grip, slide it back into position as far as it will
go. Swing back the battery holder retaining lever until it clicks back into
5. Remove the front protective cover from the camera body by keeping the
lens release button depressed and rotating the cover counter-clockwise
until it is released.
6. Remove the lens shade by turning it clockwise.
7. Remove the rear lens cap by unscrewing it in a counter-clockwise direction.
8. Attach the lens to the camera body by firstly aligning the red index on
the lens mount with the red index on the camera mount. Grip the lens by
the metal barrel (not the rubber focusing ring) and turn it approximately
one quarter turn clockwise until it clicks into place.
9. Remove the front lens cap by pinching together the two retaining clips.
10. Attach lens shade to lens by aligning the indexes and turning the shade
clockwise a quarter turn.
11. Remove the top protective cover from the viewfinder screen location by
lifting a corner.
12. Remove the protective cover from the viewfinder by depressing the
viewfinder release button.
13. While holding the viewfinder at a slight angle, locate the front sec –
tion into place on the front edge of the viewfinder screen recess in the
camera body ensuring the central locating lug and databus interface are
positioned correctly. Swing the viewfinder downwards and press firmly
until it clicks into place. Ensure that both sides of the viewfinder are
seated correctly.
14. Point the camera at a smooth toned area. Turn the eyesight adjustment
dial until you achieve optimum sharpness of the markings on the view-
finder screen.16 17 Hasselblad H1D
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15. Attach a fully-charged battery to the Image Bank by placing it in the
central depression and then pushing it towards the electrical contacts
until it clicks into place.
16. Take one end of the Link Cable and attach it to the socket on the Image
Bank. Rotate the connector a little until the pins find the correct posi –
tion, then push the connector into place.
17. Attach the other end of the cable to the socket on the sensor unit of the
camera in the same manner.
18. Press the ON/OFF button on the Image Bank (please remember this rou-
tine sequence). After a few seconds the indicator lamp beside the button
should display green to indicate correct function.
19. Press the ON.OFF button on the camera grip for half a second to activate
the camera. If the camera was already activated but in STANDBY mode,
it will now automatically be reactivated by the image bank being acti-
If the camera enters STANDBY mode (the LCD screen will show the H1D
symbol only), reactivate it by pressing the shutter release button half-
way (or the ON.OFF button or Stop down button).

You can now explore the menus, buttons, control
wheels, etc observing the changes on the LCD on the
grip as well as the LCD in the viewfinder.
and finally …
20. From the inactive mode, press the ON.OFF button until you see the H1D
logo on the grip LCD. The LCD then in turn displays the ‘standard’ screen.
If the camera is already in STANDBY mode (the H1D logo will be visible
on the grip LCD) click on either the shutter release button or the ON.OFF
button to activate it again. (Note that a ‘click’ action is a quick press. See
later section for a description of different button pressing actions)
Your Hasselblad H1D is now operational in fully auto-
matic, untethered mode. In average lighting conditions
the camera will act as a point and shoot camera produc-
ing extremely fine results without the need to touch any
other button than the shutter release!
21. After composing your picture, gently press the shutter release button.
The camera will automatically focus the lens, take a light reading, make
an exposure and reset the camera ready for the next exposure.
22. If the exposure was judged as correct by the sensor unit, you will hear a
short indicating sound. The image will also appear on the rear LCD.
that’s it …
The image is now stored in the Image Bank until trans-
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and finally to turn the camera off:
23. Press the ON/OFF button on the Image Bank for about two seconds. This
is confirmed by a ‘twittering’ indicating sound. The camera automati –
cally enters STANDBY mode to reduce battery consumption and this is
confirmed by the appearance of the ‘Turn on Image Bank’ message on
the grip LCD.
24. Release the cable from the camera and Image Bank by pulling straight
out on the connector collars.
Familiarize yourself with the H1D
Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the H1D
and its various controls. Note the difference between
a long press and a short press with some buttons. For
example from the standard screen a click of the ON.OFF
button will take you to Profiles while a longer press will
turn the camera off.
You should find that the H1D sits comfortably in the
palm of your left hand leaving your fingers free for
eventual manual focus adjustments. With your right
hand on the grip, your thumb and fingers have immedi –
ate access to all the controls without letting go. Move
the rear control wheel with your thumb and the front
control wheel with your index finger.
Note the changes on the grip LCD as you press the various
buttons and control wheels. Notice too the changes in the
viewfinder LCD as you do the same. You cannot damage
the camera by pressing the wrong buttons or controls or
using them in the wrong order. The worst that can hap-
pen is that you might get ‘lost’ in the menu or you might
activate a certain action that takes time to complete. In
this case simply click on the escape (PROFILES / ESC) button
to return to the ‘standard’ screen again.20 21 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
Attempt a half-press with the shutter release button with the camera
set at autofocus too see how the lens focuses and the light metering
reacts. Notice that the lens barrel does not revolve in autofocus but
you can immediately change the focus manually and immediately
revert to autofocus again by using a half-press again.
Note the ready accessibility of the very handy User button for access
short cuts to most functions (investigate how you can exploit this
excellent function to the full in a later section) as well as the AE-Lock
button for immediate exposure locking.
Feel for the stop down button positioned between the lens and the
Press the AF button and then turn the front control wheel to change
from AF single to AF continuous to Manual to try out the differences
in how the camera behaves in these different modes, for example.
Press the EXP button on the viewfinder and then turn the rear control
wheel to change the metering method to see the changes in sensitiv-
ity of the exposure meter.
Quite simply, just explore the camera for a little while to feel at home
with the general handling and the idea of control buttons and wheels
and LCD information, etc. The sooner you become accustomed to
moving the controls instinctively the sooner you will be able to effort –
lessly use the finesses on offer.
The remainder of this manual will slowly take you through stage for
stage each feature and setting so that you can master this marvellous
piece of photographic equipment and exploit it to the full.20 21 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
 LCD and LED displays on camera and viewfinder
 Pixel based display
 Upgradeable software
 Rapidly accessible menu
 Interactive display
 Customizable functions
Function Control & Display
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All functions and settings on the H1D are accessed and altered by the readily accessible
control buttons and wheels on and around the grip and on the sensor unit. The information
on the LCDs is in menu format and has a great deal in common with those found in modern
computers, cell phones, etc. It is pixel based and therefore has a greater capacity to produce
user-friendly symbols. The viewfinder also has an LCD visible beneath the viewing frame that
mirrors some of the information on the grip LCD plus additional information as well as four
LEDs for warning, flash and focus information. Please see separate sections for further details
about the viewfinder.
Even though there is crossover and interconnection of facilities,essentially control can be di-
vided into two areas for the sake of explanatory simplification. The camera’s ability to control
lens settings, make light measurement etc is governed by controls around the grip while dig-
ital capture control is governed by controls on the digital sensor. The following is a description
of the controls on and around the grip. Please see later section ‘Sensor Unit‘ for a complete
rundown of the sensor unit’s facilities.22 23 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
Shutter release button
Activates camera and releases shutter
Lock settings to avoid inadvertant change.
Also accesses flash settings.
AF button
Accesses focus modes.
DRIVE button
Accesses the various drive (film advance)
Front control wheel
Accesses various settings.
MENU button
Accesses menu.
Illumination button
Illuminates grip LCD.
Turns the camera on and off. Accesses
Profiles and acts as escape button for
other functions.
Rear control wheel
Accesses various settings.
Below is an overview of the primary functions of the control wheels and buttons. Some con-
trols have dual or triple functions according to the state of the menu. A full description can be
found further on in this chapter.24 25 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
M.UP button
Raises and lowers mirror.
Remote release cord port
For attaching a remote release cord
STOP DOWN button
Stops down aperture to current
AE-L button
Locks light reading made in both auto-
matic and manual exposure modes.
Film wind-off button
Winds off film before film is finished.
USER button
Rapid function-access button
Eyesight correction adjustment
Personal eyesight adjustment facility.
EV correction adjustment button
Produces EV compensation.
EXP button
Accesses exposure mode and metering
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Typical camera grip display. (The information in brackets describes this particular example).
Flash condition indication
(No exposure compensation,
normal flash synchronisation)
Focus setting
(Autofocus setting, single shot mode)
Drive condition
(Single setting)
Aperture setting
Exposure Value display (EV 9.3)
Exposure mode indication
(Automatic exposure setting)
Shutter speed setting
( 1/20s )
Film speed rating
(160 ISO /ASA)
White balance Metering method indication
Low battery symbol
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Command indication
The upper row on the screens describes commands (which change
according to the setting). The button immediately above each com-
mand effects the change. So in this case, for example, you would
press the FLASH button to ‘exit’ from the screen.
Settings symbols
Symbolize the options available when settings are changed. The ac-
tive symbol is depicted by a drop shadow.
Control wheel description and direction
Arrowheads symbolize which control wheel should be used to
change the setting they are beside. In this case, the Bracketing option
is chosen by the front control wheel and the number of exposures in
that option is chosen by the rear control wheel.
. . .
= front control wheel
= rear control wheel
Setting information
The lower row on the screen displays information about the current
state of the setting. In short, the upper row displays what you can do,
and the lower row displays the current state of settings or what you
have done.
Typical camera grip display when changing settings.26 27 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
Exposure method setting
(‘aperture priority’ mode)
Shutter speed setting
(0.4 second)
Aperture setting
( f/4.8)
Metering method setting
Exposure compensation
setting (+0.7 EV)
Flash LED
Warning triangle LED Focus aid LED
Typical viewfinder display. Note the LEDs will only be visible when activated (by the camera or a setting).
(The information in brackets describes this particular example).
Exposure compensation
setting reminder symbol
Film magazine
status (empty) 28 29 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
Exposure method and metering method

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Some examples of various viewfinder LCD screens visible with standard settings and when specific control buttons are pressed .
Normal screen Normal screen in AE lock state Normal screen with
exposure compensation set
Flash mode
AF mode
Drive mode
Menu mode
Exposure compensation mode
Standard settings
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Menu charts – general
Throughout this manual you will find charts to explain the steps
and procedures required to alter the various settings. These charts
are laid out to graphically illustrate in a simple manner how to navi-
gate through the menus. While they include all the information that
would be presented on the LCD relevant to that section, they cannot
illustrate all the possible combinations of the various symbols seen
on a screen at one time as that would be impractical and too confus-
ing. If you are at all familiar with cell phone menus, for example, then
the design of the layout and working practice will not be unfamiliar.
You should find that, in practice, working your way through a menu
on the camera is a good deal simpler and more obvious than the
written explanation implies!
In the descriptions, various terms are used regarding menu naviga-
tion. Menus have ‘trees’, for example, which describes their imaginary
graphical layout where you could trace a navigational path along its
‘branches’. Each new section, or stopping off point on the branches,
seen on the LCD is called a ‘screen’. Therefore a screen is the graphical
display on the LCD of where you are on the menu and represents the
current state of settings.
The H1D features the advantage of multiple customization of set-
tings. This means that your personal choice of settings, and thereby
appearance of various combinations of symbols on the LCD at any
time, will not necessarily be the same as many of the screens illus-
trated in this manual.
To simplify the descriptions, reference is often made to a ‘standard’
screen. Apart from default settings, there is no actual standard set-
ting in the normal sense and therefore you create your own ‘stand-
ard’, which of course can be changed at any time.
The ‘standard’ screen is therefore the one you have currently cre-
ated and is the one visible on the LCD when photographing (except
where a particular mode is in actual operation, such as self-timer, for
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The following is a list of various terms describing various actions that appear in the menu:
Enter : moves screen down one level on the menu.
Exit : moves screen back up one level on the menu. Does not save any settings.
Off : deactivates the particular function being set.
On : activates the particular function being set.
Sel. : Select – selects the character marked when imprinting text and profile name.
ESC : Escape – terminates an action and returns to the standard screen. Does not save any settings.
Save : saves a setting and also moves screen back up one level on the menu. Can save many changes made in a
setting sequence.
Remember the following groupings of ‘saved’ and ‘not-saved’ actions when making settings
‘Quick save’ – half-press shutter release button
Save – press save button (DRIVE button)
Escape – press ESC button (PROFILES /ESC button)
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Use front control wheel
(direction depends on user setting)
Use rear control wheel
(direction depends on user setting)
Press button or turn wheel
MENU button on the grip
Choose ENTER
(by pressing DRIVE button on grip)
Choose ON
(by pressing AF button on grip)
Choose Save
(by pressing DRIVE button on grip)
 e new setting will be saved and chosen
action can be carried out. Setting will be
retained until changed.
Functions in loop on menu
A loop means that the available functions
on that particular branch of the menu can
be successively accessed in either direction
of the control wheels without a break in
fl ow.  at is, you could turn the wheel to
the le or the right to arrive at the desired
Main direction of path through
 e main path traces step-by-step the
path that has to be taken through the
various branches of the menu tree as they
appear on the LCD to reach the relevant
Symbols used in the charts

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General overview of camera menu
Date & Time
Info Info
Self timer
Self timer
Self timer
Date &
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Stop down
wind on
AF Assist
Rear wheel
Out of range
exp lock
type 1
type 2
Date &
Text &
Text &
param in
Flash ready
Focus aid
in MF
Interval &
Self Timer
AE-lock /
quick adjust
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Grip controls
There are five buttons that surround the grip LCD combined with two control wheels to access
various parts of the menu and to alter settings. Additionally there is an LCD illumination but-
ton as well as the shutter release button.
The basic principle behind making changes is that the appropriate button is first pressed to
access the menu and then settings altered by way of the control wheels. The appropriate con-
trol wheel is designated by arrowheads alongside the setting description.
! Some buttons have a toggle function, the ON.OFF button has a quick ‘click’ action as
well as a longer (half-second) ‘press’ action and the shutter release has two positions:
‘half-press’ and ‘full-press’.
! Many buttons have a dual or triple function according to the state of the menu.
! At very low temperatures the LCDs require approximately a few seconds to display new
Several buttons are multifunctional, according to the state of the menu. For example, if you
press the DRIVE button when the standard screen is visible, it will access the drive mode choice
screen. The new screen then shows a new description for the buttons and so the DRIVE button
now functions as the SAVE button temporarily until a new screen is visible.34 35 Hasselblad H1D Hasselblad H1D
Shutter release button A
is button has half-press and full-press positions. By pressing half-way (or soly) the camera,
auto focus function and exposure meter can be activated. By pressing all the way down (or
harder) the shutter will be released (or the chosen exposure procedure will begin, as relevant.
For example, the self timer is activated with this button)
is is a triple function button. If you press the button for one second, the beeper will sound
(if set) and a key symbol will appear on the grip LCD signifying that the controls (except the
shutter release) have been locked and therefore cannot be altered unintentionally in use. Press
the button for one second again to unlock (this function can be altered to lock all controls or
control wheels only in ‘Custom options’).
Quickly clicking the button will access the flash settings screen on the LCD from the stand –
ard screen. See separate section for full details. is button also acts as the EXIT button for
many other settings.
AF button / (ON) / (SEL.) C
is is a triple function button. Press this button to go directly to the autofocus/manual focus
choice screen from the standard screen. See separate section for full details. It also acts as the
ON and SEL. (= select) buttons for many other settings.
DRIVE button / (SAVE) / (ENTER) D
is is a triple function button. It will access the drive settings screen on the LCD from the
working screen. See separate section for full details. It also acts as the SAVE and ENTER but-
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Front control wheel E
e front and rear control wheels are turned to make changes in exposure settings in the
standard screen as well as to access the various loop sections of the menu for settings. e
effect of the wheels’ direction is programmable.
MENU button F
Accesses the first level of the menu for settings changes.
Illumination button G
Press to illuminate the LCD. Remains active until camera enters standby mode.
Press the button for a half second to activate the camera. e H1D start-up logo will appear
and then the standard screen. Aer a few seconds (customizable) the camera will enter Standby
mode. A half second press of the button will turn the camera off completely.
e Profiles section of the menu is accessed by clicking the button quickly from the standard
Note the difference between a half second press and a quick click of the this button.
Rear control wheel I
e front and rear control wheels are turned to make changes in exposure settings in the
standard screen as well as to access the various loop sections of the menu for settings. Acts
as quick access exposure compensation control. e effect of the wheels’ direction is pro –
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On the rear of the grip, as well as the rear control wheel, there are also a further three control
AE-L button J
is button that can lock a light reading made in both automatic and manual exposure
modes. It can also be used in Zone mode to take a new reading. Can be designated another
function in Custom options.
See section on the AE-L button for full details.
Film wind-off button K
Pressing this button will automatically wind-off the remaining unexposed film rapidly without
having to go through the normal film advance / expose cycles to reach the end of the film.
e button has been purposely designed to avoid inadvertent pressing, so use the tip of a
ball-point pen or similar to activate it. e grip LCD will display a message which you must
confirm before this procedure is carried out.
USER button L
is button is used to rapidly access a chosen function or screen. For example, you might
use bracketing a great deal and so by one press of this button you could access the bracketing
function without having to navigate through the menu. Can be designated another func-
tion in Custom options.
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on how you work. You are advised to investigate fully the potential of this button’s function.
See under ‘Custom settings’ for full details.
On the front of the grip there are two more control buttons plus the remote cord release port:
M.UP button M
Press this button to raise the mirror and press again to lower it (toggle function). A quick
double press of the button (two within a half second) will immediately access the ‘Self timer’
function. Can be designated another function in Custom options.
Remote release cord port N
For attaching a remote release cord (electrical). e Hasselblad accessory jack plug socket is
protected by a captive rubber plug.
STOP DOWN button O
Press this button to make a visual check of the depth-of-field on the viewfinder screen at the
chosen aperture. e aperture will close according to the setting and remain closed as long
as the pressure is maintained. You can alter the aperture at the same time to see the changes
taking place. Can be designated another function in Custom options.
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There are also two control buttons on the viewfinder, as well as the eyesight correction adjust –
ment wheel:
Eyesight correction adjustment wheel P
e personal eyesight adjustment facility has a diopter range of -4 – +2.5, to suit most users.
EV correction adjustment button Q
Press this button to access the EV compensation screen. Settings are made with either the
front or rear control wheels. An EV correction symbol appears on the grip and viewfinder
LCD as confirmation.
EXP button R
e EXP (Exposure) button accesses the exposure mode and metering method options screen.
Settings are made with the front and rear control wheels and the appropriate symbols appear
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 22 million pixels
 Up to 850 images at full resolution
Sensor unit & Image Bank
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The H1D can be used untethered or tethered. ‘Untethered’ means that the camera is con-
nected only to its Image Bank which acts as an image storage facility and power supplier to
the sensor unit ( the camera body, viewfinder and lenses take their power requirements from
the batteries in the grip). ‘Tethered’ means that the combined camera and Image Bank are
connected to a computer.
The Image Bank then controls the communication between the sensor unit and the computer
as well. The Image Bank can store up to 850 shots at full resolution on its hard disk to be trans-
ferred to a computer later. The link cable connects the sensor unit on the camera to the Image
Bank. The fire wire cable connects the Image Bank to the computer.
The sensor unit houses a light-sensitive element called an area array CCD (charge coupled
device), which acts as computer-readable electronic ‘film’. The surface of the CCD has 22 mil –
lion light- sensitive areas, each of which creates a pixel in your final digital image. In a colour
digital image each pixel has three colour components: red, green and blue (abbreviated RGB).
The pixels in the sensor unit’s CCD are filtered to create three images – one of each colour
– which are later combined by the software to create a single full colour image.
When using the camera untethered, the built-in digital light meter, with full histogram display
and audio exposure warnings, helps to ensure a perfect exposure.
When using the camera tethered in a studio you can control all the digital aspects of cam-
era operation from your computer using the FlexColor image capturing software. See the
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Control panel & display
e 2 inch colour display provides instant image preview, allows you to browse through all
pictures currently saved in the Image Bank, read information and exposure data from each
picture and make basic camera settings.
Link socket
Attachment socket for link cable to provide connection to the Image Bank.
Shooting modes
e H1D captures images in two different modes:
Preview mode (tethered mode only)
Captures a low resolution image and applies minimal processing. is type of capture appears
most quickly on your computer screen. Use it to check your exposure and composition and
to make initial neutralization settings.
Normal mode
Captures an image and applies full processing. Images are fully rendered and processed so
they take slightly longer than previews. e results are high resolution images of production
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Control panel
When using the H1D untethered some features are controlled from the control panel on
the sensor
 e control panel displays the following:
A Image counter: shows the number of images currently stored in the Image Bank and how
many images there are le until the Image Bank is full.
B Image preview: generated within 2 secs.
C ‘Battery Low’: appears and fl ashes to indicate low charge state of the Image Bank battery
when operating disconnected from a computer.
D ‘ISO high’: appears and fl ashes to indicate that current ISO setting is higher than 50 and
thereby increasing the risk of noise in the captured image.
E Exposure Info: shows a histogram curve indicating the overall brightness and contrast
of the current shot. From the Setup menu you can select whether or not to display the
F MENU button: displays the ‘Menu’ from where you can make the various device settings
– see ‘Using the Control Panel’ for details.
G Browse/Scroll button: use to browse through images in the Image Bank and to scroll through
menu items – see ‘Using the Control Panel’ for details. Use the button to enter the zoom
function and to move the zoom box around – see ‘Zooming’ for details.  e button also
can be set to function as an exposure button.
H OK button: use to enter ‘Browse’ function and to change/confi rm settings – see ‘Using the
Control Panel’ for details.
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I Status Indicator: indicates that power is supplied to the camera back and the colour indicates
the current status of the camera back:
Red = Error, Yellow = Busy, and Green = Ready.
J Picture name: shows the name of the picture currently previewed. e name given to each
new shot is based on the setting of the Batch parameter.
K Image Info: shows info (items A andC) for the image currently previewed. From the Setup
menu you can select whether or not to display the info.
Using the control panel
Displaying images
When power is supplied to the sensor unit it starts up showing the main window:
1. The picture displayed in the main window is the latest shot. To change the display to
show the image info and histogram press MENU button.
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2. In the pop-up menu use Browse/Scroll button to highlight the Setup item, then press OK
button to enter.
3. Now scroll and highlight the Display… item and press OK to enter.
4. Highlight Show Histogram. Press OK.
5. The histogram for the current image will be displayed on the lower edge of the image on
the LCD.
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6. Repeat the procedure to select Show Info (Setup  Display  Show Info). The information
for the current image will be displayed on the top left of the image on the LCD.
Press the OK button to enter ‘Browse’ mode. A figure will appear at the bottom right of
the image to signify this.
7. Use Browse/Scroll button to browse through the images currently stored in the Image
Press OK button to select the picture you want to display.
8. The display returns to the main display showing the latest shot.
When previewing an image, either in the main window or in Browse mode you are able to
zoom into the image to view details. To do so press any direction on the Browse/scroll button
except for the centre which could be assigned to function as exposure button. Generally it
is recommended to use Up or Down as the Le and Right keys will still function as browse
keys when in Browse mode.
1. Press Up or Down on the Browse/Scroll button to display the Zoom Box.
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Now use the Browse/Scroll button to move the Zoom Box to the area in the image you
want to zoom into, then press the OK button.
If necessary repeat procedure until max. zoom level (3 times) has been reached. You can
exit the zoom function anytime by pressing the MENU button.
2. (Zoom level 1)
3. (Zoom level 2)
4. (Zoom level 3)
Browse options
When in ‘Browse’ mode you are able to specify the images you want to browse through and
how to display them:
1. From the main window press OK button to enter ‘Browse’ mode.
Press Menu button to display the ‘Browse’ menu, then use Browse/Scroll button to
highlight the Batches… item and press OK button.
2. From the appearing list select a batch number to browse through the pictures from this
batch only or select All to browse through all pictures.
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3. The number to the right in the ‘Browse’ bar indicates the number of images captured
onto the image bank in the selected batch.
Press MENU button. From the menu you have the option of selecting between 3 different
ways of displaying the images: Image (current), Info, and Histogram. Select Info and
press OK button.
4. The Info window shows the name, capture date and time, and the various device set-
tings used for the current image.
5. If you select Histogram the histogram for the current image is displayed.
Deleting images or batches
Deleting images is possible from both the main display and in ‘Browse’ mode while deleting
batches is only possible in ‘Browse’ mode.
1. From the main display you can delete the currently previewed image by pressing the
MENU button and in the pop-up menu highlight Delete… and press OK button.
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2. Use Browse/Scroll button to highlight either Yes (to delete) or No (to cancel) then press OK
button to confirm.
3. Alternatively press OK button to enter ‘Browse’ mode, use Browse/Scroll button to find the
image you want to delete and press MENU button. In the menu highlight Delete… and
press OK button.
4. Use Browse/Scroll button to highlight either Yes (to delete) or No (to cancel) then press OK
button to confirm.
5. If you want to delete a whole batch of images select Delete Batch… from the menu and
press OK button.
6. In the appearing batches list highlight the batch you wish to delete and press OK button.
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7. Use Browse/Scroll button to highlight either Yes (to delete) or No (to cancel) then press
OK button to confirm.
Changing settings on the camera menu
ISO and White Balance settings are changed by way of the main camera menu, as follows:
1. Press the MENU button on the grip.
2. Turn the front control wheel until the Digital (screen 5) appears.
3. Press ENTER (DRIVE button on the grip).
4. Turn the front control wheel to access the options, that are:
ISO setting and White balance
5. In ISO Setting turn the rear control wheel to choose an ISO value of 50, 100, 200 or 400.
In White balance turn the rear control wheel to choose between manual, flash, daylight or
6. Press SAVE (the DRIVE button) or half press the shutter release button to save the setting.
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Changing settings on the sensor unit
e menu holds all the parameters for setting up the sensor unit
To enter the menu press MENU button from the main window. Use Browse/Scroll button to
scroll through the menu items – please note that holding down the button will make scroll-
ing quicker.
To enter an item highlight it and press OK button. A check mark indicates the current setting.
Use Browse/Scroll button to highlight new setting and press OK button to confirm. To exit
without making changes press MENU button.
Below are described the various settings available from the menu:
Deletes the currently previewed image.
Use Browse/Scroll button to highlight either Yes (to delete) or No (to cancel) then press OK but-
ton to confirm.
e Batch function makes it easy to identify images from various photo sessions.
When starting a new photo session, first define a new batch name, either by using the name
automatically assigned by Ixpress or use a name of your own choice. Every capture will now
be named with the current batch name followed by automatically generated consecutive
numbers starting from P0000.
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Shows the serial numbers of your sensor unit and Image Bank.
It also lists the total number of captures shot, the time used in ‘Live Video’ mode and the
total time in which the unit has been switched on.
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Use the Display -> Show Histogram and Show Info settings to display the histogram and info bar
respectively for the current image on top of the preview image – see ‘Displaying Images’.
Use the Display -> Light… setting to turn the display background light on or off.
When using the Delay… function the light is set to automatically turn off aer a certain time
of inactivity.
e camera is able to play 3 different sounds to indicate ‘Camera Ready’, ‘Image Overexposed’
and ‘Image Underexposed’ respectively.
Use the Sound setting to enable or disable the sounds. See ‘Taking Pictures’ for details.
Use the Date/Time… entry to set the current date and time. e date and time is added to the
image file information.
In the Power Down… entry you can set the time of inactivity aer which the Image Bank and
camera back should automatically turn off.
To turn the units on again use the On/Off button on the Image Bank.
Basic System Set-up
Some parameters like can be adjusted either on the camera’s sensor unit or via the FlexColor
user interface on a computer.
e settings are stored in the sensor unit. If you change any of these settings on the sensor
unit while working disconnected from the computer, FlexColor will reflect these changes
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If you make the same changes in FlexColor while the sensor unit is not connected it will
have no effect.
Error messages
When working with the H1D untethered the following error messages in the rear display
ensure complete control of image quality.
Each message is accompanied by a low key error sound:
‘Image transfer error’
An error has occurred between the camera and Image Bank.
Please check the link cable and connectors for proper functionality.
‘Camera body error’
An error has occurred between camera and Ixpress camera back.
Please check exposure cables, connectors, and batteries.
‘Time out exposure error’
e camera back receives a time out signal while waiting for the
exposure to finish.
Please check that the exposure time is set correctly.
‘Camera not compatible (H1D only!)’
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The Image Bank
e Image Bank controls the communication between the camera and a computer and sup-
plies power to the sensor unit.
While shooting in the studio with the H1D tethered to a computer, the Image Bank generates
the preview image (in 2 secs.) for viewing and processing in FlexColor.
During untethered operation, the H1D is powered by its own batteries in the grip and the Image
Bank is powered by a standard lithium ion battery (see Technical Specifications). All shots
are saved straight to the Image Bank’s hard disk, which has a capacity of up to 850 shots. e
disk is specially formatted to automatically maintain full speed throughout its lifetime.
Aer shooting, simply connect the Image Bank to a computer to view, select and process
your images in FlexColor. See ‘Transferring Images’

A. Standard L-size battery: enables up to 8 hours of computer-free operation. See ‘Technical
Specifications’ for appropriate battery types.
! In case the Image Bank is connected to a computer (ex. a laptop computer) which
is incapable of supplying sufficient power to the Image Bank, it will be necessary to
mount the battery as well or to connect an external power supply unit (see ‘Technical
Specifications’ for details).
B. FireWire Socket: for connecting the Image Bank to a computer. In this case the computer
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C. External Power Supply Socket: plug the cable from an external power
supply into this socket. See ‘Technical Specifications’ for power
supply requirements.
D. Link connector: is connector accepts the camera link cable,
which connects to the ‘link’ connector on the camera.
E. Status indicator: indicates that power is supplied to the unit. e
color indicates the current status of the Image Bank: Red = Error,
Yellow = Busy, and Green = Ready. If the indicator flashes, the
battery needs recharging.
F. On/Off button : switches the Image Bank and sensor unit on/off.
Attaching/removing the battery
Attaching the battery
To attach the battery on the Image Back follow procedure below:
1. Lower the battery into the battery compartment.
! Do not place it on top of the terminal pins!
2. Push the battery as far as it goes towards and onto the termi-
nal pins.
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Removing the battery
! Before removing the battery make sure that the Image Bank’s hard disk is not busy – the
status indicator/must be green – then switch off the unit on the On/Off button.
Push the battery away from and off the terminal pins then li it off.
Battery operation
e Image Bank with a battery mounted in ‘OFF’ mode will switch to ‘ON’ mode when con-
nected to the computer using the FireWire cable. When cable is unplugged the Image Bank
switches to ‘OFF’ again.
If this causes problems for the workflow, you can switch the Image Bank to ‘ON’ before con –
necting the FireWire cable. is way the Image Bank ‘remembers’ that it was switched ‘ON’
and stays that way when the cable is disconnected.
! When the Image Bank is connected to the computer, the system is always powered from
here, even with the battery connected. The battery will not be affected in any way.
Battery lifetime
e reference battery lifetime (for battery type NP-F550) is 1 hr 45 mins for a fully charged
battery, when shooting at 10 sec. intervals, capturing half the capacity of the Image Bank
(approx. 600 exposures).
If you expose with larger intervals, the battery lifetime is increased some, but the number of
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Please note that the temperature has influence on the results. At low temperatures the battery
life decreases a lot. For outside shooting you should keep charged batteries in your pocket
(or another warm place) to have them perform at their best.
Transferring images
All shots saved to the Image Bank’s hard disk must be transferred to a computer for viewing,
selecting and processing.
Connecting the Image Bank to a computer
To connect the Image Bank to a computer proceed as follows:
1. Start your computer, launch the FlexColor application and open the Thumbnails window.
2. Connect the Image Bank to the computer using a FireWire cable.
3. Switch on the Image Bank on the On/Off button/.
4. Within a few seconds a Contents window is available with thumbnails of all images ready
to load.
Contents window
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The Contents window
e Contents window displays the following:
Get Info Displays a basic image file information window for each of the selected shots.
Delete… Deletes the currently selected shot(s) from the Image Bank’shard disk.
Show Shows the image in FlexColor’s preview window and a transfer of the selected image
to your thumbnails folder will start. Double-clicking or typing Return will have
the same effect.
Load… Transfers the selected shot(s) to the currently selected Thumbnails folder and saves
them as ‘3F’ files.
Update Updates the Contents window with new pictures from the Image Bank.
Approve Approves the selected shot(s). When a shot is approved a checkmark is applied
to the thumbnail.
Sort by Use this pop-up menu to choose whether the thumbnails should be sorted by Date
(the order in which they were created) or by Name. If you wish to reverse the sorting
order click the Descending/Ascending button to the right of the pop-up.
Also it is possible to extend the sorting by checking the …and approval checkbox.
Size Use this pop-up menu to choose how large you would like the icons to appear in
the Contents window.
Images Displays the total number of images currently stored on the Image Bank’s hard
Free Displays the free space on the Image Bank’s hard disk.
Exposure mode Transferred mark
Approval checkmark
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