This year has seen plenty of items that have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic moment that US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon. The iconic images chronicling the event have told a story that would otherwise have been completely unbelievable.
Sending cameras to the moon posed some interesting challenges. First, it wouldn’t be an easy trip, so the cameras had to be durable. And second, there wouldn’t be gravity, and the mechanisms driving the camera couldn’t rely on that force. Finally, all but one of the three cameras would be left behind. A silver Hasselblad Data Camera and a black Hasselblad Electric Camera were part of the lunar landing.
Armstrong used the data camera to take images of the lunar surface. The other camera was used from inside the Eagle lunar camera. The only camera to return was used by Michael Collins aboard the Command Module Columbia, which was in lunar orbit. The 907X Special Edition is built using that camera as its model.
The 907X camera body, Hasselblad’s smallest medium format body ever, as well as the CFV II 50C digital back are both done in black, just as Collins’ camera was. On the back is the inscription “On the Moon Since 1969,” which references the two cameras left behind. Any of Hasselblad’s XCDE lenses can be used with the 907X. It can also support V, H, or XPan systems with lens adapters. You won’t have to worry about getting your images back from your destination with the 907X.
The camera uses a USB-C port to connect to your computer or Apple device, and it has built-in Wi-Fi as well. The tilt screen allows for waist-level shooting, which is made easier with the autofocus and electronic exposure control features. The 907X has up to 14 stops of dynamic range and captures 16-bit RAW images.