The Hasselblad XPAN is a camera I’d wanted to use for quite a while. It’s a great little 35mm rangefinder with a standard mode and a panoramic mode. In the panoramic mode, the images come out with an aspect ratio of roughly 2.70:1, which is very similar to the 2.40:1 aspect ratio commonly seen in movies. That’s the feature that really caught my eye.
Film Objektiv helped me return to the place where it all started for me with photography: film. As a destination wedding photographer for the past five years, I have been a big proponent of precision and have been dedicated to digital photography. The beauty and the experience of film photography was something that I missed, but the hurdle of the investment of getting into medium format film kept me away from the medium. Renting from Film Objektiv removed that hurdle by allowing me to rent. Moreover, the owner, Adam, was very patient and helpful in answering my questions leading into my first rental.
The biggest thing that turned me off to medium format was being limited to ten frames. I had thought that ten frames was almost nothing. I could go through ten frames in less than five minutes if I wanted to. Although transitioning to film had already taught me to be more selective when shooting, I didn't want to be limited to that extent when shooting. So I was shocked when I started using the Pentax 67 and I was actually struggling to finish a roll.