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Matus Kalisky
07-30-2013, 04:15 PM
I have first 2 rolls back from the lab - looks quite good. I have used the in-camera meter exclusively and only later realised that it is closer to a spot meter than just centre weighted meter. Still - most of my exposures look good. Now I need to develop the BW films have send the all bunch for scanning :)

One important question though:
My Xpan has some vertical misalignment in the rangefinder. Can I fix it myself (like with Bessa R3A) or does this needs to be done by a serviceman? If latter is the case - whom would you suggest? I live in Germany.

kintatsu
07-30-2013, 10:00 PM
Here's one in Stuttgart. http://www.hirrlinger.de/
You can also try http://www.calumetphoto.de/
Both seem to be quite reputable, and I know Calumet is global. I hope this helps!

Matus Kalisky
09-04-2013, 03:50 PM
OK, here are finally some results :)

All are form our vacation in Slovakia.

The waterfall in the middle was taken on E100G (and underexposed), the rest is on Ektar 100.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5498/9667393778_80a4126ffd_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31007239@N06/9667393778/) - http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5461/9667873160_55427f7bdf_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31007239@N06/9667873160/) - http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/9672585691_7b02cbbf5b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31007239@N06/9672585691/)

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http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5516/9672583577_fdb688c3a6_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31007239@N06/9672583577/)

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http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2839/9672587551_7fa8e325ec_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31007239@N06/9672587551/)


I have yet to develop the BW films, so there is more to come :)

ArtO
09-04-2013, 04:56 PM
Your images are quite beautiful. I'm really impressed. I've been tempted by this camera a number of times but never got to the point that I felt I could afford it. You've added greatly to the temptation. :)

PKM-25
09-04-2013, 05:14 PM
Yep, Xpan is a *great* camera, I have had mine and all three lenses for nearly 10 years, shot a lot of Kodachrome with it. I wish I could sell the Beseler negative carrier in the classifieds for it though, I paid a fortune for it new and now use a different enlarger system.

Klainmeister
09-04-2013, 05:39 PM
I just got handed one of these to play with. It has the 40mm lens... I'll try to post some shots soon.

sepiareverb
09-04-2013, 09:05 PM
Not sure if others have run into this, but my first XPAN ( a model 2) underexposed by about a stop with exposures longer than 1/4 second. Speeds seemed (sounded) OK, but it was the metering that seemed to be the problem. When I metered with a handheld unit (after noticing this) speeds in fact ran true. I've recently gotten another XPAN2 (I had to sell the first one, and regretted it immediately) but have not used it in the same low light situations yet. I will absolutely bracket when I first do to see how it does.

A wonderful camera, with excellent lenses that produce stunning negatives. ENJOY!!

Klainmeister
09-30-2013, 08:47 AM
Well, I was handed one of these to test (the owner hasn't shot it in many a year) so here are my initial impressions:

Pros:
- Build quality is typical Fuji. Very hefty build, smooth lens movement, very functional
- Lens (40mm on this one) is tack sharp and has great contrast
- The format is lots of fun and give you a lot of negative to play with
- 21 shots out of 36 roll is more than I expected and makes it feel totally justified
- changes your shooting habits and is a lot of fun!

Cons:
- The tripod mount is waaaaaaay on the corner...what gives? It was all wonky on my tripod
- Cost me $16 for a set of batteries, which died after two days because I left it on in my pack (no auto-off?)
- Printing. Who has a holder for these? And how to frame em? Also, you need a MF printing lens for them (these aren't issues for me, per se, but thought I'd throw that out there)
- More lenses cost quite a lot

Alright, here are some pics from my recent vacation into the Enchantments Wilderness in Central Washington. We got hammered by a storm.

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74871

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These are all Neopan 400 in Pyrocat 1:1:100 for 15 minutes.

Regular Rod
09-30-2013, 10:46 AM
You can build your own panoramic camera very cheaply and reasonably easily and you get a better lens this way... (http://freepdfhosting.com/b316cbe2ff.pdf)

74874

It's called a "HolgAgon".

Some pictures on Flickr just search for "HolgAgon" (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=HolgAgon)

It's become one of my favourite cameras...

RR

newtorf
09-30-2013, 11:33 AM
Wonderful pictures! Xpan is my favorite camera. I am pleased to hear that you enjoy it too.

Regarding the battery issue, yes the XPAN (and XPAN II too) drains battery power even if you power it off. I always take out the batteries after use and insert them just before use. It's a bit hassle.



Well, I was handed one of these to test (the owner hasn't shot it in many a year) so here are my initial impressions:

Pros:
- Build quality is typical Fuji. Very hefty build, smooth lens movement, very functional
- Lens (40mm on this one) is tack sharp and has great contrast
- The format is lots of fun and give you a lot of negative to play with
- 21 shots out of 36 roll is more than I expected and makes it feel totally justified
- changes your shooting habits and is a lot of fun!

Cons:
- The tripod mount is waaaaaaay on the corner...what gives? It was all wonky on my tripod
- Cost me $16 for a set of batteries, which died after two days because I left it on in my pack (no auto-off?)
- Printing. Who has a holder for these? And how to frame em? Also, you need a MF printing lens for them (these aren't issues for me, per se, but thought I'd throw that out there)
- More lenses cost quite a lot

Alright, here are some pics from my recent vacation into the Enchantments Wilderness in Central Washington. We got hammered by a storm.

74870

74871

74872

These are all Neopan 400 in Pyrocat 1:1:100 for 15 minutes.

Sirius Glass
10-01-2013, 06:48 PM
Well, I was handed one of these to test (the owner hasn't shot it in many a year) so here are my initial impressions:

Pros:
- Build quality is typical Fuji. Very hefty build, smooth lens movement, very functional
- Lens (40mm on this one) is tack sharp and has great contrast
- The format is lots of fun and give you a lot of negative to play with
- 21 shots out of 36 roll is more than I expected and makes it feel totally justified
- changes your shooting habits and is a lot of fun!

Cons:
- The tripod mount is waaaaaaay on the corner...what gives? It was all wonky on my tripod
- Cost me $16 for a set of batteries, which died after two days because I left it on in my pack (no auto-off?)
- Printing. Who has a holder for these? And how to frame em? Also, you need a MF printing lens for them (these aren't issues for me, per se, but thought I'd throw that out there)
- More lenses cost quite a lot

Alright, here are some pics from my recent vacation into the Enchantments Wilderness in Central Washington. We got hammered by a storm.

74870

74871

74872

These are all Neopan 400 in Pyrocat 1:1:100 for 15 minutes.

I noticed that at least two of the photographs looked cloudy. Clean the lens before using again.

TheToadMen
10-02-2013, 12:14 AM
You can build your own panoramic camera very cheaply and reasonably easily and you get a better lens this way... (http://freepdfhosting.com/b316cbe2ff.pdf)

74874

It's called a "HolgAgon".

Some pictures on Flickr just search for "HolgAgon" (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=HolgAgon)

It's become one of my favourite cameras...

RR

Nice project for the winter ;)

PKM-25
10-02-2013, 09:18 PM
- Printing. Who has a holder for these? And how to frame em?

Beseler and Omega make Xpan neg carriers, I have a brand new Beseler one I have been trying to sell since I now use an LPL. If interested, PM me.

aoresteen
12-31-2013, 06:41 PM
Get TWO spare batteries for it BEFORE you leave on vacation. Without a battery the camera is an expensive paper weight!

aoresteen
12-31-2013, 07:04 PM
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- Printing. Who has a holder for these? ...

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Beseler does make one for the 4x5 enlargers -cost is a whopping $233.50 from B&H

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=Search&A=details&Q=&sku=219941&is=REG&addedTroughType=search



They do not make one for the Beseler 23C which I use. So I sent SK Grimes a regular 23C 35mm carrier & a sample xpan negative and had them machine it out to 24x65mm. Cost was $65 back in 2006/2007.

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