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Hasselblad announce XPan II panoramic camera - Hasselblad introduce the XPan II, adding a range of useful features to their highly successful XPan system.
Since its introduction the Hasselblad XPan has been widely praised for its innovative take on the panorama format. A flip of a switch makes this mild mannered 35mm range-finder camera capable of taking true, panorama double-width frames of 24mmx65mm; exceeding the actual frame width of even a 6X7 camera. The XPan actually doubles the width of the film exposed, unlike APS cameras for example, which create a panoramic impression by cropping the existing frame.
The XPan's image quality, versatility, and pleasure of handling have opened new doors for creative photography, not only for traditional types of panoramic photography, but also for a variety of applications where the format has not been widely used before. Now, the convenience, ease-of use, and superior quality of the XPan II system will combine with its range of added features to make even more new types of exciting images possible.
Improvements incorporated into the XPan II system include:
- Shutter speed and exposure information visible in a viewfinder LCD display
- Multi exposure (up to nine exposures)
- B-time prolonged to maximum of 540sec
- Self-timer delay with 2sec or 10sec option
- Flash sync at the beginning or the end of the exposure
- Improved IR film performance for high speed B&W IR film
- Rewind of film with option to leave a film tip out of the cassette
- Electrical remote control release (optional release cord)
- Dioptre lens with locking system
- Lens shade for 45mm and 90mm lenses with locking device
Shutter speed and lens aperture settings are set using dials as on the Hasselblad
Other camera settings are made through a simple programming function using the rear LCD which has been enlarged on the XPan II. All camera settings are clearly visible on the rear LCD.
The camera will be available from late April 2003.