Do you dream of a digital panoramic camera, like the Hasselblad Xpan? Look at this!
Those of you familiar with the Hasselblad XPan or the Fujifilm TX-1 will know that it was a joint venture with Hasselbald and Fujifilm to produce a dual format 35mm film camera capable of capturing 35 mm and full 24mm x 65mm panoramic images all using the same roll of film.
It was first produced in 1998 and quickly became a go-to camera for 35mm fans, but due to its 65mm wide panoramic images it is actually classed as a medium format camera in the world. 35mm format – still the only camera to date to hold the Title. From 1998 to 2002, a total of 16,800 XPan cameras were produced. Fast forward to 2003 and the second iteration has been developed, XPan II and TX-2, now in 2022 these cameras have become incredibly popular with the resurgence of film and due to their relatively low production numbers by standards of today, and the fact that everyone wants to get one, you’ll be lucky to find one in good working order for less than $5,000 / £4,000 / AU$8,000.
So you can imagine there was a genuine desire from Hasselblad and Fujifilm users wanting either company to produce another 35mm panorama camera, many even got tired of building their own , some succeeding by transforming or modifying an X-Pro1 for example with a 3D printed insert that fits between the lens and the sensor to indeed produce panoramic images, which look great!
Well, now another member of the photography community has been so eager for a new panoramic camera that he’s even produced a stunning render of his thoughts on what a new Fujifilm TX-3 digital panoramic camera would look like, including the possibility of a Monochrome version that just shoots black and white.
This SuperSuperka visual interop features a TX body that features a GFX sensor cut in half, we have to say these render images look fantastic and that’s definitely something to think about, and we’re sure we’ll be talking about it for some time time – just look at this panoramic screen!
The Digital XPan is already here – a little
However, if you really want to shoot high megapixel panoramas on today’s digital cameras, we suggest you choose either the Fujifilm GFX 50R or the GFX 100S, both of which feature 65:24 crop modes in image menus, that’s right, you can take a panoramic image now!
If you are looking at the GFX 50R and applying the 65:24 crop it will give you 25 megapixel 8256×3048 images on your 50 megapixel sensor, or if you want even higher resolution why not go for the GFX 100S , which gives you 50MP panoramas of 11648×4304 size.
Yes, a true digital panoramic camera with a dedicated panoramic sensor would certainly be pure joy for those yearning for a true 65:24 experience, and there’s no denying that Pavel’s renders are exceptional.
But, if you’re ready to explore Fujifilm’s current range of GFX cameras and don’t mind cropping your sensor, there’s really no excuse – go ahead and start shooting digital panoramas on your “dual format” GFX cameras.
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