An XPan Retrospective

I spent six years as the caretaker of a Hasselblad XPan, one of the most unique cameras ever made. It was a rangefinder camera that used 35mm film to capture a frame roughly 2x the size of a standard 4:3 ratio frame. Instead of 36mm x 24mm negative, you got a 65mm x 24mm negative. This is the same height as any standard 35mm negative, but the extreme width made for an utterly unique perspective in a single frame.
I hadn’t had opportunities to observe a total solar eclipse before 2017, but I knew I wanted to try my hand at photographing it. And photograph it I did! Composite of the total eclipse of August 2017 Before that though, I did some research and captured notes and a simple, fine-grained order of operations, because I didn’t know what I was doing and it’s not something you can really try over again if you fail.

I have had a Fujifilm X-T1 for a little bit over a year now. I am a huge fan of what Fujifilm are doing with the camera controls and sensors. I’ve been able to capture some images that I really love with the camera.