Friday, March 26, 2010

Hasselblad Xpan

Santuario Chimayo, New Mexico, June 2006

This photograph was made on the Hasselblad Xpan, a camera that makes panoramic photographs on 35mm film.  While most 35mm panoramic cameras simply pare down the height of the negative (resulting in a compressed image size on the film), the genius of the Xpan is that it expands the width of the film, making for an image size of 24x65mm.  It thus  turns a 35mm camera into a veritable medium format camera, its frame the exact same size as Paramount's VistaVision widescreen format.  

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