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New Panoramics

from horizon to horizon

in Photography , Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Wide format, or "panoramic" photography for me has been synonymous with film and my Hasselblad XPan, since the turn of the century. Well, it seems, no more. On my recent trip to Iceland, for the first time, it stayed at home, and its usurper, the Sigma DP0, came instead. And I really enjoyed using it. You'll find all sorts of opinions and views all over the darker corners of the photo-net droning on about how awful it is, but I ignored all that stuff and just used it. Once you get into the groove, it's really fun to use. The weird shape makes total sense when holding it, and it's a great conversation starter (if you like conversations that start with "what the hell is that!?").

These little renditions below don't really do justice to the jaw-dropping impact of the detail and delicacy seen on a print or big screen, but they go somewhere, I hope, to explaining why the unconventional approach and, er, idiosyncratic software is worth the trouble. Speaking of which, maybe I'm just lucky, but unlike for certain well known pundits, Sigma's PhotoPro software is 100% rock solid for me. I can't remember the last time it crashed, if ever.

But anyway, it's all about the photos, not the gadgetry, and I'm pretty happy with this set.









So... anybody want to buy an XPan ?
Posted in Photography on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 09:10 PM • PermalinkComments (3)


Bernard August 22, 2016 - 10:21
Interesting! 2 questions:
- The weird shape: could you elaborate on why it makes total sense to you?
- I read reports on big problems with burnt highlights with this camera. Did you experience this?


David Mantripp September 14, 2016 - 3:25
- well it just feels fine to me, in hand. I don't try to think about it too much... I basically hold the camera in my left hand, with my fingers under the lens, exactly under the centre of gravity, and with natural access to the focus ring. My left thumb stabilises the camera on the thumb grip, and right hand fingers easily reach the shutter release, control dials, and the focus mode button... It's a two-handed camera, but er, so what ?
- highlights get burned if you over-expose, and not if you don't 😊 The Foveon sensor doesn't have the same characteristics as Bayer sensors, and doesn't really have recoverable highlights. So the habit of over-exposing (based on a JPG histogram) on "normal" cameras is the wrong approach here, and probably is where that particular piece of misinformation comes from.


Hernan Vazquez January 14, 2017 - 9:04
I actually own one, have not used much but I like it. I will be using it more now, since I started to develop my film again.
In fact, I plan to shoot street photography with it and posting them on Flickr.

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