When Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, the astronauts used three Hasselblad cameras to document the historic event. Now, 50 years later, Hasselblad has launched the 907X special edition modelled on these iconic cameras which also benefits from half a century of technical innovation.
Of the three cameras taken to the moon, only one made it back to Earth. The other two were left on the lunar surface. The 907X Special Edition includes the 907X camera body and CFV II 50C digital back, both in matte black, just like the camera that returned to Earth. On the digital back of the special edition is the text “On the Moon Since 1969”, a tribute to the two Hasselblad cameras presumably still up there somewhere.
907X is Hasselblad’s smallest medium format camera body weighing in at only 206g. It’s extremely thin, lightweight and built to smoothly combine with the CFV II 50C, creating a highly compact photographic package.
The CFV II 50C digital back features a powerful 50-megapixel CMOS medium format sensor, with outstanding colour depth, true-to-life tones, a dynamic range of 14 stops and the ability to capture full-size in-camera JPEG images. The tilt screen possesses an intuitive touch interface with swipe and pinch-to-zoom options when browsing images. A high frame rate of 60fps enables a smooth live view through the display.
Upgraded from the previous model, the sensor now has an internal battery slot, making it an even sleeker package. Photographers can then add any of Hasselblad’s XCD lenses or support to V, H, or XPan systems through available lens adapters.
There must have been several serious factors contributing to Neil and Buzz deciding to leave their cameras on the moon. Hasselblad cameras don’t come cheap.