Slices of life - seen 'XPanded'
Hasselblad extends its range of accessories for the X1D with an XPan Lens Adapter, allowing us to use the legacy XPan lenses. The original Hasselblad XPan from 1998 with its iconic optics can now be matched with the latest imaging capabilities from the mirrorless X1D system.
Ove Bengtsson - Product Manager of Hasselblad stated in an interview: “The new XPan Lens Adapter speaks to two major aspects of Hasselblad, our drive to innovate and push medium format technology such as the X1D, and also to our respect for the legacy equipment that many photographers still rely on to this day. This adapter is the merger of those ideas, and that’s what makes this announcement so exciting.” Excerpt from Hasselblad which can be found here.
I've been playing around with the old XPan for two weeks and like to share some thoughts and images.
There is some training involved when shooting with this camera. At least for me. Taming the panoramic frame can be a challenge. As the camera is a range-finder, getting used to recognizing all the information especially outside the frame is not as easy as on a Leica.
Being extra careful with the edges of the frame is tantamount because of distracting elements on the borders are arduous to notice. The photographs contain a lot of data removing any redundant details is essential.
Overall my experience has been very convincing for my taste. The problem I have now after two weeks is that I start to see everything in panoramic. I am fond of wide angle/panoramic pictures and that this camera has almost no distortion on the edges and everything resembles more real-life view is attracting.