Hasselblad XPan II


 

The Hasselblad XPan II camera is the perfect companion to a regular 35mm or medium format camera outfit. It is the world's only dual format camera that can shoot both normal 35mm images (24x36mm) and panoramic images (24x65mm). Especially the latter capability is breathtaking. It delivers panoramic images of the highest quality order on stock 35mm film resembling output of medium format systems for which Hasselblad is renown. The XPan system is the result of a cooperation between Swedish Hasselblad and Japanese Fuji. Two models are available: the original XPan was introduced in 1998 and succeeded by the XPan II in 2003. Sadly, production of the latter came to a halt in 2005. The new EU environmental directive would have it made necessary to re-develop major elements of the camera, which was no longer economical at a time where film-based cameras are in decline. The corresponding Fuji models are the TX-1 and TX-2, only available in Japan, with the Hasselblad variants worldwide. All cameras, lenses and accessories are manufactured by Fuji in Japan.


The XPan takes pictures in normal 24x36mm format and panoramic 24x65mm format, by switching one knob only. The vertical metal shutter windows adjust automatically.


The complete XPan II system


XPan II front view

XPan II top view


XPan II backside view


XPan backside LCD panel


Centerfilter, essential for the 30/5.6 aspherical lens in order to cope with natural vignetting. Recommended for the 45/4.0 with slide film and smaller f-stops.


XPan II viewfinder

The complete XPan II system with 45/4.0, 30/5.6 aspherical and 90/4.0 lenses.

A number of Hasselblad XPan resources can be found here:

Review of the camera by ePhotoZine
Opinion in the Washington Post
Passion XPan, a marvelous resource site (in French)
XPan section in the Rangefinder Forum
Sample images made with the XPan

Resources

Xpan advertisement Link
XPan catalogue (English) Link

XPan catalogue (German)

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XPan catalogue (French) Link
XPan II catalogue 2005 (English) Link
XPan II catalogue 2005 (French) Link
XPan II instruction manual (English) Link
XPan II user manual (English) Link
Xpan user manual (Dutch) Link
XPan 30mm f/5.6 lens information sheet (English) Link
XPan 45mm f/4.0 lens information sheet (English) Link
XPan 90mm f/4.0 lens information sheet (English) Link