Sad to see this unique camera go - obviously a number of factors at work, ostensibly it's the lead-based solder in the circuit boards, the fact that it's made by Fuji, who have quit film camera manufacture, doesn't help, and the fact that it's sold by Hasselblad, who have had to restructure drastically to survive, doesn't help either!
Since when have Fuji quit film making?? NEws to me? Think this was something in the newspapers which was wrong - again !
As far as I am am aware, Fuji have declared an intention to continue making FILM. I thought they had discontinued all film CAMERAS, it turns out they are still selling some 35 mm point-and-shoot cameras.
The Fuji GX645AF is basically the H series Hasselblad. I do wonder if the TX2 will be discontinued, or remain only sold in Japan. There was also an announcement from Horseman about a new stereo camera that looks quite a bit like the Xpan body with a strange stereo lens.
I wonder what the chances are for an X-Pan to end up in a landfill. My guess is that the odds are about the same as for a wrinkled $1,000 bill.
New legislation that came into effect last Friday would make that illegal. Its now an offense to toss ANY electrical or electronic applicance into the trash. They now must be specifically disposed of as electronic trash given their probably content of lead and other heavy metals. Despite the outlawing of lead soldiers materials such as arsenic, cadmium and mercury are plentiful in computers. Its now "expensive" to toss an old hair dryer into the trash just as an X-Pan, digital camera or cell phone ....
Another strange thing - photo magazines I have been receiving recently, including one yesterday, have included an 8-page issue of "Hasselblad News" featuring no less than 3 articles about, and a total of 4 pictures taken with, guess what - an XPan!