I bought the Xpan with some dissolution that I was going to take fine art panoramic photo’s on beautiful Fuji Velvia film… the reality… I just not a film kind of guy! This camera is a piece of photography history and would suit a collector or someone that loves to shoot film!
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I did end up getting some good results with the Xpan. I was just starting to get used to how film would respond v’s my DSLR, here is a selection of Xpan images
By the time I get around to sending my film to the lab I have forgotten what I had shot… so it’s always a surprise when I get them back from the lab… these next 4 images were all shot using my Hassalblad Xpan panoramic camera. It takes a 35mm film and I shoot using Fuji Velvia 50. The Xpan is a unique camera in that it takes normal frames or a panoramic image, and although film is getting harder to buy, develop and scan I think I will keep shooting with it as I love the challenge. With my DSLR I tend to get a little lazy as it’s easy to just check my exposure as I take each shot, with film, I need to put more thought into what I am shooting and what exposure settings to use.
It is kind of cool, I went to the lab to pick up my first roll of developed Fuji Velvia 50, and when I got the the lab, Dali (the guy that developed my film) was there to greet me, he placed my film on the light table and gave me a loupe to look through, and I was amazed at the level of detail, contrast and colour caught by this film. It was a fun way to see my images, I had shot on film in the past but never knew what I was doing, so it is nice to try it all over again.
What I did find out was the Xpan had a tendency to under expose in this particular situation, that is, light blue sky and 50% of the frame filled with it. Luckily I bracketed my shots as the Fuji Velvia certainly does not like to be under exposed. Trying to get detail out of the underexposed shots is like pulling teeth… I think I will need to use my DSLR or get a light meter to get more accurate light readings.
I then went on to make the mistake of finding a cheap local guy to scan my film, it was terrible, full of dust particles and I think he even scratched my slide film in the process… lucky it is only La Perouse and I can go back and shoot it, and not some once in a lifetime photographic opportunity. After all, this is a test film and I am learning fast!
Here is my first attempt out of my Hasselblad Xpan film camera. It is a Panoramic Film camera and this first film was really a bit of a test film so I could see what the camera does. These days, I get instant feedback from my Digital Camera so I can see what adjustments I have to make to get the right exposure etc. With a film camera, I have to wait for the film to come back from the lab. I need to find someone that can scan them at at high resolution for me, but you get the idea… this is straight from the Fuji Velvia 50 slide scan… enjoy!