February 5, 2017
Here is some of my favorite images that I shot on film from one my favorite cameras. These images below were all shot on the Hasselblad X-Pan. This camera is unique in that it shoots panorama pictures on 35mm film natively. Essentially it shoots two 35mm frames side by side. The camera does have an option to shoot a single frame at a time, but let's be honest, if you are going to do that then just get a normal film camera.
The camera is relatively easy to shoot with its built in light meter and rangefinder focusing system. The hardest part of using the camera is getting used to framing all your pictures in a panorama. Something that is not seen everyday is to turn the camera sideways and create a vertical panorama. This can be especially useful for photographing tall buildings that feature extensive details in a vertical form.
All the images were shot on Ilford Delta 400 and scanned on an Epson V550. The images were shot in San Diego, CA either on Coronado overlooking the city skyline or in Balboa Park. Balboa park is one of my favorite locations to shoot with its variety of architecture. I Highly recommend getting your hands on one of these cameras as they provide a unique shooting experience unlike anything else. The only thing I can wish moving forward is, why has Hasselblad or any other company made a digital version of this camera
The camera is relatively easy to shoot with its built in light meter and rangefinder focusing system. The hardest part of using the camera is getting used to framing all your pictures in a panorama. This is an interchangeable lens camera however, lens choices are limited to 30mm, 45mm, and 90mm lens. The lenses are not especially fast at f4 for the 45mm and 90mm, and with the 30mm at 5.6 you will need to make use of higher asa film or in my case a sturdy tripod.