Hasselblad has launched the third episode in its “Hasselblad House” sequence the place the corporate gives an intimate look into the “core of Hasselblad” and the ideas and processes concerned within the growth and manufacturing of its medium format cameras.
Made at their headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, the X-system cameras are put via a exact manufacturing schedule along with rigorous testing and sensor calibration processes with every manufacturing technician following a selected coaching process that may fluctuate from one hour to a number of days relying on the duty within the meeting line. Many of those technicians have refined their abilities engaged on these programs at Hasselblad for over 30 years.
The corporate says that lots of the minuscule elements require the utmost focus whereas assembling to make sure there are completely zero flaws, moreover, some components require a “human contact” to attain the outcomes it seems to be for.
The X-System manufacturing is split into 5 levels. Within the first stage, components are checked for beauty points earlier than being registered with serial numbers within the system permitting the workforce to hint the components as they transfer via each step of the method from meeting to last supply. Subsequent, the cameras are programmed and absolutely assembled and have the newest obtainable firmware loaded into the system.
The third step entails testing and calibrating every sensor unit, which is finished individually from the digicam physique in a calibration station. Hasselblad says that over 700 photographs are taken with varied settings the place specialised software program calculates compensation parameters and gives a calibration file particular to that particular person sensor. Then the sensor is cleaned utilizing a particular wipe and mixture of ethyl and isopropanol, after which the digital unit assessments the place the main focus, noise, energy, are examined and adjusted.
The ultimate step is the picture high quality section, the place photographs are taken in a studio atmosphere testing towards colour charts for tonal accuracy, points with flare, and colour accuracy.
After the pictures are robotically analyzed, they’re checked manually for any irregularities the beforehand run automated assessments might need missed. These can be beforehand unknown points the system hasn’t already been programmed to test for. As soon as all of that is full and the cameras have handed their related assessments, the nation and wifi settings are programmed and last cleansing of the digicam is finished. Then these medium format cameras are packaged and shipped to distributors and creatives throughout the globe.
The video exhibits a lot of those processes in magnificent element, and for these enthusiastic about related movies from the corporate, you should definitely take a look at the first and second episodes that go over different features of the corporate’s digicam manufacturing.
Picture credit: Photographs supplied courtesy of Hasselblad.