The Hasselblad XPan 35mm Camera
Hasselblad developed a new dual-format camera concept in co-operation with Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. Which was The Hasselblad XPan a 35 mm film based dual-format camera concept (24 x 65 mm & 24 x 36 mm). Which provides convenience and advantages of the 35 mm format, and gave additional option of being able to rapidly switch to a full panorama format without needing to changing film. The XPan uses an Fuji made lenses instead of the traditional Zeiss which are the new partners in Rodenstock/Schneider developing lenses for 6×6 medium format. The main reason for the co-operation with Fuji is the experience in marketing and development of the Fuji 617. The Hasselblad XPan feature-packed and professional grade rangefinder camera, combines the user-friendliness of modern technology with traditional Hasselblad. in a compact body and ergonomically designed. It has a robust aluminium and titanium construction and protected with synthetic rubber in the right areas and a built which will go through many years of hard workout.
Hasselblad XpanThe full panorama format on the Xpan is made possible by the large image circles of the two interchangeable 4/45 mm and 4/90 mm lenses. Focusing is by way of a bright-frame viewfinder and coupled rangefinder. The viewfinder information is automatic adjusted according to the focal length of lens as well as an automatic parallax adjustment for close shots. No manual adjustments are necessary, therefore changing one lens to another can be more swift and rapidly handled. Film loading is automatic and after being inserted, the film is automatically withdrawn from the cassette and transported back into the cassette after the last exposure, this will be done frame-by-frame. which is a valuable feature cleverly protects the exposed section of the film, even if the camera where to be opened by accident.The Xpan has a DX code sensor with manual override for maximum control. As the film is exposed. The Hasselblads TTL exposure meter supplies a centre-weighted reading to provide an automatic aperture-priority facility with has manual override. The camera has a single or continuous exposure mode. An LCD display located on the camera back, contains all necessary information including film speed, shutter speed and battery status. There is also another LCD provides exposure counter information, with further information being shown in the viewfinder.