XPan VS Mamiya 6MF in pano?
OK, So I am really trying to both pair down and stock up at the same time, cameras in the former, film, paper and chemistry in the latter.
One thing I am thinking about is the fact that I seem to be shooting more MF film in my 6x6 Blads, even in genres one might otherwise choose a Leica RF for.
So my thought was to possibly sell my XPan kit and buy a two lens Mamiya 6MF kit with the pano adapter.
So I will list the pros and cons of each system that I know of thus far and await any replies about other things I am not yet considering:
1. Relatively small, medium weight, great meter, dual format.
2. Exceptional image quality lenses with an incredible 94 degree wide view with the 30mm.
3. A true panoramic format at 24mm x 65mm.
4. Bracketing in .5 of full stop increments in both Auto and Manual means less setting time between shots when on a tripod in quickly changing light.
1. Limited bulb time as per model type ( mine was upgraded a bit by Hasselblad ).
2. Even with the special upgrade I had Hasselblad do, I still can get IR film fog near the advance sensor if the camera is on too long and I do not shoot and advance the frame soon enough with HIE.
3. Pricey batteries, debatable how long they will be around.
4. Two lenses require center grad filters, I have spares but they are uber expensive to replace in case.
Mamiya 6MF Pros:
1. A great option to shooting my 501CM if just doing street.
2. Bulb times limited by battery health.
3. No center grads required on any lens.
4. Only 100 grams heavier than Xpan.
5. Option to use pano adapter and have reference in VF.
Mamiya 6 cons:
1. Pano is roughly 10mm shorter than Xpan's 65mm.
2. No really wide lens, limited to same FOV as 45, but even narrower.
3. Pano option is a bit clunky from what I have heard.
4. 150mm is a bit too long for use with Pano.
5. Despite weight, camera and lenses are a bit larger, something I strongly consider when doing extended trips in the back country.
So that is it, I am still leaning towards keeping my Xpan because of it's strengths, but the money I would have left over for supplies and the option to have a 6x6 RF are sorely tempting…..