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    I must admit I would be a bit wary taking a camera that I was not that familiar with away on holidays leaving behind my normal camera. I have an XPan and I love it, but it did take me a while to change my sense of composition in order to take good shots with it. Vertical shots are quite difficult and not every landscape lends itself to that format. But once you get use to it you will find that your whole approach to composition will change in order to accomodate the XPan. I would advise checking out Flickr to see examples of XPan work. Good luck with your camera and enjoy your holidays.

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    This thread is so useless without some camera porn and images...come on folks!
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    Klainmeister - some 'porn' will come eventually

    I agree about a risk, but this is a family vacation in mountains, not a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, so if I get less than I expect it is OK. I have my GRDIII for some family shots along too and even my slimmed-down 4x5" setup (which I hope to use too) for those highly artistic tree shots But the Mamiya did complain a lot about being left behind (and I have a very respectful stash of film for it too)

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    For now I have noticed a slight vertical misalignment (horizontal seems OK - at least in infinity) - is that something I could fix myself, or should I look for a repair service when I get back?

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    Big congrats!!

    I've been drooling over one as well. When you get it let us know how the 45 worked out. I have always wanted the 30. I was worried the 45 did not give enough coverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent Brady (TEX) View Post
    I must admit I would be a bit wary taking a camera that I was not that familiar with away on holidays leaving behind my normal camera. I have an XPan and I love it, but it did take me a while to change my sense of composition in order to take good shots with it. Vertical shots are quite difficult and not every landscape lends itself to that format. But once you get use to it you will find that your whole approach to composition will change in order to accomodate the XPan. I would advise checking out Flickr to see examples of XPan work. Good luck with your camera and enjoy your holidays.

    Why are vertical shots tough with it?

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    So far (20 or so exposures) I find the 45 works well. 30 would be a specialty lens for me. If the Xpan will be a keeper the 90 will be a must though.

    I can imagine that vertical shots are tougher, because with 'ordinary' composition you need to tilt the camera upwards quite a bit if you do not want to photograph the tips of your shoes (I am exaggerating a bit here) and once you do that you may get a very strong inclination of vertical lines. In my eyes the vertical panoramic format tends to look "thinner' than horizontal for whatever reason ...

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    Would the 90 be of any use if one is only interested in pan work? Or is the 90 just for shooting standard framing?

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    AFAIK the 90 support the pano format as well. Otherwise there would be little reason to buy one. I seem to be correct - Flickr has the right answer

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    Don't know about the 90. It looks like one could get the same with a crop 35. Although the benefit would be a bigger neg on the Xpan. I am interested in wide pan shots only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iluvmycam View Post
    Why are vertical shots tough with it?
    It is often difficult to have something interesting in the foreground and there is a lot of foreground to fill. I have less than a handful of successful shots in the vertical format and I've being using the camera now for several years. I have a few examples of my better ones in my photos.

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