H System: Profiles
The Profiles feature of the Hasselblad H Camera System
allows photographers to rapidly change one or more custom settings
without interrupting the action. There are more than thirty custom
functions on the H camera, in addition to various exposure options,
metering modes and focus drive preferences.
Suffice to say, the H camera offers the professional
photographer an extremely large number of custom setting
combinations. However, while much of the H camera can be customized
to meet a photographer's specific needs, most photographers have
multiple requirements and it is nearly impossible to remember every
option and setting.
It is through the Profiles feature on the H camera that a
photographer can make practical use of all of the customizable
features, for nearly any photographic situation.
Profiles can be named, right on the LCD so easily
Here is an example from photographer Derek Jecxz
(www.derekjecxz.com) who uses profiles in the landscape
environment. See Fig.1
"On my H cameras I have defined three profiles: Landscape, Action
and Manual (you name them yourself right on the LCD). Within a
short time I grew accustomed to switching between the Profiles
without taking my eye off the viewfinder. Without pausing the
action or fumbling with many buttons, I can change how the H camera
operates quickly and without thought. The Profiles feature allows
me to keep my concentration on my subject and not on how the camera
Creating a Profile
1. First, set up the H System how you would like for a
particular situation. This can include
exposure mode, focussing, custom button
functions, custom options.... Anything!
2. Press the Power on button once to enter the profiles
Menu. See Fig.2
3. The Standard profile brings the camera back to a
factory default and cannot be altered.
Scroll down to one of the other seven other
available profile slots. The profiles Full auto,
Studio and Fill flash are further factory
examples but can be over written. Empty profiles
are written as Spare. See Fig.3
4. Press the button above the Save icon (also shown in
Fig.3) to define a name for
the new profile.
5. Use the front and rear scroll wheels to move around the
alphabet display and enter a
name to easily recognise your profile. See
Use the button above the Sel. icon to choose the currently
highlighted letter, icon or number.
Hit Save and your profile is ready for future use!
6. Profiles can be selected at anytime by entering the
Profiles menu (one click on the
power button), use the rear scroll wheel to
select and then hit the button above the
Load icon. See Fig.5
Hints for Useful Profiles
a) HTS - Create this profile to move the Mirror Up or Stop
Down button to the AE-L or
True Focus / USER button on the rear of the
b) True Focus - Create this profile to set up True Focus
in the way you like to use it.
Either with a half press of the shutter release
or using the True Focus Button. Equally there
could be a further profile to change the camera
to traditional AF operation or set the
camera to Manual Focus with the AF drive on one
of the programmable buttons.
c) Manual - Full Manual exposure operation of the camera
with Spot metering enabled.
AE-L button can then be set to a different
function, for example AF Drive, Grey Balance
Exposure or Digital Focus Check.
d) Automatic - Full Auto exposure operation with Aperture
AE- L button can be set to normal
There are many ways to use the Profiles function on the H
System camera. Try to think of ways it could help you to use the
camera efficiently and quickly.