Comparing the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 Versus the Hasselblad 80mm f/1.9

Medium format is known for producing some of the best image quality. Companies like Hasselblad offer some of the best cameras currently on the market. Its latest lenses for the Hasselblad X1D II are brilliant, so we decided to see how well a full frame camera system such as the Canon EOS R5 would fare against it. 

In our latest video, Anete and I compared the Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9 lens on the X1D II against the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 with the EOS R5. Both of these lenses are some of the more expensive portrait lenses available from each company.

In the video, we briefly compare aspects such as handling and autofocus performance. The Canon is clearly the winner in that area, with its impressive phase detection autofocus system. What's most surprising is how well the Canon performed when it comes down to the actual image quality. As much as sharpness and details are important, Canon has done something incredibly special with how its latest camera renders color. 

Hasselblad is probably one of the best companies on the market when it comes to how it renders color. This has remained a consistent feature for all of its camera systems. Canon has taken a huge leap forward with its latest camera system, however, because the image quality from the Canon EOS R5 is simply incredible. 

Check out the full video to see how each system compares against one another. 

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Jan Holler's picture

After 7:30 I gave up. Absolutly nothing so far about the lenses. He tells at the beginning this is about the lens and not about the camera and then keeps on talking about the camera.
And then: Please compare a full frame 50mm to a medium frame 80mm please.
My impression: Boost Canon (camera) over Hasselblad (camera) is the only intention of this video.

Usman Dawood's picture

We've done lots of comparisons and reviews on Hasselblad cameras. Some of them have been extremely favorable and some not as much. It depends on the comparison or review.

We're working on another Hasselblad comparison as we speak and that one has vastly different results.

Jan Holler's picture

Sure, but the title of the article and the matter of the video (comparison of lenses) is totally misleading. And the setup is simply not professional, wrong lenses to compare and nothing about the quality of the lenses. Who cares about the colour rendition if every pro works with RAW files?

m k's picture

good decision, it keeps going on for the second part, its called clickbait maybe?

colors, CA, colors, magenta shift....
and the red surely is due to post processing, set both cameras to the same WB and compare unprocessed and we talk again

Usman Dawood's picture

You’re assuming that white balance wasn’t controlled. Honestly I thought that basic enough that it doesn’t need too much of a mention.

Also, it’s a common misconception to think that white balance to “fix” many issues with any particular colour profile. Also, images weren’t processed in a manner where they are changed. They were taken into the software to correctly apply the colour values. The alternative is to shoot JPEG, which doesn’t really offer a great deal.

We also cover sharpness in detail, CA, a demonstration of the bokeh, and what each lens looks like at closest focus point.

m k's picture

would you be willing to share the two RAW files? from the first comparison?

m k's picture

what a surprise ^^

Andrew Eaton's picture

I'm not sure about the colour comparison, because one was processed phocus and the other in capture one. It could be a number of things and down to editing. If a colour checker was used, then maybe..

Usman Dawood's picture

It's a weird one I admit but it's the only way to get the absolute best from each camera manufacturer. Had I used any other software for the Hassy files it could be argued that I was giving the Canon an unfair advantage.

Eric Hiss's picture

Color is one of those things which greatly depend on input profiles and settings within the RAW conversion. It's also pretty easy to change color in post, in the raw conversion, to one's preference. That said, I've always really liked the Hasselblad natural color solution. I think this video is more about the color rendering of the native software than it is about lenses or even tech, so somewhat pointless.