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XPans don’t float

in Hasselblad XPan , Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It turns out that Hasselblad XPans and salt water don’t mix very well. The following is the result of a major brain fade moment, where I left my XPan outside (in an inflatable dinghy) on the deck of a yacht in force 7 (8?) seas in the Arctic.


It is effectively unrepairable.  Maybe if I’d opened it up and immediately and washed it in fresh water I might have been able to save it, but, well, I didn’t.  Hopefully the insurance will cover it.

Photo credit, along with many thanks for rapid intervention and support, to Marco Baldin at Leica Switzerland.


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from olivia on Tue, August 31, 2010 - 7:13

R.I.P. :-(
Hopefully the mechanics is not that bad?

from Suraphat on Mon, April 11, 2011 - 8:31

How you open it up, I know it has hidden screw be hide frame switching. How can you remove that screw? please..

from david mantripp on Tue, April 12, 2011 - 8:59

I’m afraid I don’t know…  I actually did not manage to fully open it myself, this photo was sent to me by the repair technician.  I didn’t even know there was a hidden screw. But I’ll take a look as soon as I get a chance and see if I can figure it out.