Shooting Tethered with the Hasselblad X1D

Posted by: on Feb 21, 2018

Tethering a Hasselblad X1D to a laptop or computer is reliable and easy to accomplish with Tether Tools gear! Shoot tethered with the Hasselblad X1D using our TetherPro USB to USB-C cable if your computer has a traditional USB port or TetherPro USB-C to USB-C if your computer has a USB-C port.

The Camera – Hasselblad X1D

Determined to shake up the photographic industry, Hasselblad has unleashed a world’s first in the form of the X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Digital Camera. This camera takes the well-regarded 50MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS sensor found in numerous medium format systems and incorporates it into a revolutionary mirrorless camera body. Designed and handmade in Sweden, this camera is a precision tool with exceptional ergonomics and a compact size that even rivals smaller format systems. Taking this system above and beyond the rest is a large sensor that works hand-in-hand with the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution to create phenomenal raw images with smooth tonal gradations thanks to 16-bit color depth and 14 stops of dynamic range.

Image quality is superb, and Hasselblad’s electronic system is capable of capturing clean images within a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600, while also being able to capture photos at a rate of up to 2.3 fps. Moving a bit beyond pure image quality, the X1D embraces the Hasselblad Central Lens Shutter, enabling shutter speeds as long as 60 minutes or as short as 1/2000 second, with flash sync possible at every speed. Additionally, to make the camera more versatile, Full HD 1080p video at 25 fps using H.264 compression is possible.

Moving into operational details, the X1D embraces mirrorless design by incorporating a 2.36MP XGA electronic viewfinder that permits natural, eye-level monitoring with the added advantage of overlays and programmable information in direct sight. One such feature would be the ability to shoot in various aspects with a view that compensates for such changes, including square or the classic XPan panoramic format. Alongside this EVF is a 3.0″ 920k-dot touchscreen LCD on the rear that permits intuitive operation of all of the camera’s features and settings.

For more physical and tactile use, the X1D offers front and rear dials as well as a mode dial which can be locked into a recessed position to prevent accidental changes when it is in your bag. There are also dual SD card slots for backup, organization, or just having extra storage. Bringing the system into the modern age is built-in Wi-Fi, which allows for remote connection and file transfer as well as instant geotagging of your files. Additionally, it has Mini HDMI, audio input and output, and a super-fast USB 3.0 Type-C connection.

The Software – What software should you use to shoot tethered with the Hasselblad X1D?

Phocus is a free software package designed for Hasselblad cameras.  The powerful, free image processing software, which already delivers the best quality RAW file processing, has been updated and expanded with new features that work seamlessly with all Hasselblad cameras.

The graphical user interface offers a clean and uncluttered workflow, making it easier for users to find their way around more quickly and simpler than before. The flatter design helps you concentrate on the job at hand and makes for simpler navigation. We’ve also added some new tools to enable finer control of the editing process and ensure the very highest quality output from your files. Learn more and download Phocus.

The Gear – Starter and Pro Tethering Kits


Starter Tethering Kit

The Starter Tethering Kit from Tether Tools will help you seamlessly transition into a tethered workflow and provides the basics you need to get started.

The Starter Tethering Kit includes:

  • Your Choice of TetherPro USB cable (TetherPro USB to USB-C or TetherPro USB-C to USB-C cable)
  • JerkStopper Camera Support
  • JerkStopper USB Support
  • Tether Tools Cable Organization Case (Standard)
  • Package JerkStopper ProTab Cable Ties – Small (10pk)


Pro Tethering Kit

The Pro Tethering Kit is the ideal setup for a professional tethered photography workflow. Take your photography and professional image to the next level by enhancing productivity, improving efficiency, and increasing safety in your workstation.

Upgrade to the Pro Tethering Kit if you already own a Starter Tethering Kit or TetherPro Cable.

The Pro Tethering Kit Includes:

  • One (1) Tether Table Aero Master or Traveler
  • One (1) LAJO-4 ProBracket
  • One (1) Aero ProPad
  • One (1) Aero Cup Holder
  • One (1) Aero SecureStrap
  • One (1) Aero XDC
  • Three (3) Aero Clip-on Hooks
  • One (1) JerkStopper Clip-on Support
  • One (1) StrapMoore
  • One (1) Tether Table Aero Storage Case


To learn more about shooting tethered including how to create better images and work more efficiently while keeping your files safe and secure by incorporating an archival tethering system into your workflow download the Ultimate Tethering Guide – FREE from Tether Tools and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

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