2003-04-23 The unique dual format Hasselblad XPan has been in high demand since its launch at Photokina in September 1998. Hasselblad is now proud to introduce the XPan II, adding a range of useful features to its highly successful XPan system.
Since its introduction the Hasselblad XPan has been widely praised for its innovative take on the panorama format. A flip of a switch makes this mild-mannered 35mm range-finder camera capable of taking true, panorama double-width frames of 24mm X 65mm; exceeding the actual frame width of even a 6X7 camera. The XPan actually doubles the width of the film exposed, unlike APS cameras for example, which create a panoramic impression by cropping the existing frame.
The XPans image quality, versatility, and pleasure of handling have opened new doors for creative photography, not only for traditional types of panoramic photography, but also for a variety of applications where the format has not been widely used before.
Now, the convenience, ease-of-use, and superior quality of the XPan II system will combine with its range of added features to make even more new types of exciting images possible.
Improvements incorporated into the XPan II system include:
· Shutter speed and exposure information visible in a viewfinder LCD display
· Multi exposure (up to nine exposures)
· B-time prolonged to maximum of 540 s
· Self-timer delay with 2 s or 10 s option
· Flash sync at the beginning or the end of the exposure
· Improved IR film performance for high speed B&W IR film
· Rewind of film with option to leave a film tip out of the cassette
· Electrical remote control release (optional release cord)
· Diopter lens with locking system
· Lens shade for 45 mm and 90 mm lenses with locking device
Shutter speed and lens aperture settings are set using dials as on the Hasselblad XPan. Other camera settings are made through a simple programming function using the rear LCD, which has been enlarged on the XPan II. All camera settings are clearly visible on the rear LCD.
The introduction of the Hasselblad XPan II makes the camera is even easier to use and provides a number of added features, ideally suited for creative or otherwise specialized types of photography.
The Hasselblad XPan II will be available from late April, 2003.
holy shit... since when Xpan II is out and I didn't even know until now ??? Used to keep abreast of new cameras release when I was in UK through reading various photography magazines at home or around WHSmith shelf.
I wonder how much the Xpan II costs now :dunno:
Anyone has a rough figure to throw here?
Hmmm.... seems like film is still well alive (I think more so in UK or Europe) where more people are into medium and large formats.
The release of Xpan II has somehow inspired me and injected a new lease of life in my Xpan, giving me every reason to go out and SEE WIDE, SHOOT WIDE ...
newspapers so cheap you also browse around the shelf? :dunno:
don't tell me you always flip to "The Page 3" of The Sun or Daily Sport (Or is it Daily Star???) paper splashed all over with naked women???
ok, that one I can understand.... and also that I called it naughty!!!