Hasselblad Xpan – Perfect Panoramic Rangefinder Camera

Perfect panoramic rangefinder camera

Hasselblad Xpan II

A mind hacking machine

Hasselblad Xpan – Perfect Panoramic Rangefinder Camera

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Horses parking lot, Trinidad, Cuba 2017

Perfect rangefinder camera

Hasselblad Xpan is a very solid and well built machine. It is almost a perfect rangefinder camera to me, with aperture priority, auto film loading and rewind function. It can switch between pano and 135 format too. And even can have the option to leave a film tip out of the cassette.

The main difference between Xpan I and Xpan II is the shutter speed and exposure data displayed inside the viewfinder, Xpan II has this feature so that you wont fire a shot that is actually too slow and Xpan II can take double exposures.

Both of them have accurate lightmeters and all the control dials and buttons are very well designed. The only complaint is the paint which falls off quite easily.

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Three brothers: Xpan I (Left), TX-1 (Middle) and Xpan II (Right)

Panoramic format

Panorama is a very cinematic and timeless format. However, I wouldn’t use it as my everyday camera. Mainly as my second camera if I want something different. Sometimes I do want a scene in 135 format and also shoot with the xpan for comparison.

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Spot of light, Titlis Switzarland 2011
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Baby girl, Titlis Switzarland 2011
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Enjoying the view, Titlis Switzarland 2011

Mind hacking machine

This camera made me constantly visualise how the pictures look like in pano format. Especially when you take a shot with the Leica and then change to Xpan.

Unless you work on panoramic projects or you would like to bring two cameras with you on different trips. I think it is just my personal preference to focus in one system and probably stick to one lens at a time. But it is always good to try something different to know what you actually like.

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Major and Emma, Shangrila China 2017
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Laam, Hong Kong 2017
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Carson and Ling, Hong Kong 2017

Final thought

It guess it is the same as contax T2 or T3, you never know when these cameras are going to fail. I am always worried that it will stop working one day and hard to find any donner or right expertise to fix the camera. It is always a constant debate for myself to actually want or own this camera. But overall, I enjoy using it very much. If you haven’t tried it yet, please go ahead and get one!

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Public housing, Trinidad Cuba 2017
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Sunset in Cienfuegos, Cuba 2017
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Mother and daughter, Havana Cuba 2017
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Mid day, Cienfuegos Cuba 2017
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Havana Cuba 2017
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Havana city view, Cuba 2017
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Havana Cuba 2017
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Salzburg, Austria 2014
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Salzburg, Austria 2014
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Xpan and Minolta 9xi
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Hasselblad front look
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Havana Cuba 2017
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Carson and Ling, Hong Kong 2018
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Prev Light Lens Lab - Summicron 35mm f2 (Digital test)
Next Canon 50mm f0.95 - A Lens has Emotional Character
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