Quote Originally Posted by rayonline_nz View Post
It is difficult doing city overseas travel with a large format .... It would also be preferrable to have something to visualise and not stitch frames up. As the Fuji or Linhof 612 or 617 might be too bulky for city overseas travelling, I thought about the Xpan with its wider lens and how does that compare to a 6x7 or 6x9 rangefinder and just visualing mask out of the frame so using a 6x7 or a 6x9 with its wider lens option (such as a Fuji 6x9 with that 40mm I think) or out of interest the Mamiya 7 with its wide lens but it's probably on the too expensive boat for me. It is not in actual terms but generally 24x36mm frame, so 1:2 ratio is like 72mm wide. So a 6x7 or 6x9 can that provide something similar? So you crop the top and/or bottom so you end up a 24mm height. So you are using a 6x7 or 6x9 as a 35mm panoramic camera at a 1:2 ratio. Would a real pano camera at the 1:2 ratio still provide a lens wider left to right than this make shift option? Just want to get an idea as I live in little New Zealand they don't even have these in store nor second hand so it's basically about getting it on their local auctions or overseas auctions. But at the moment I am just pondering this idea.

From what I seen the Fuji panoramic cameras cost at least $2,000US. I imagine the Xpan $1,000US.
Can you use a few hand tools? Can you get on eBay?

If you can then you can build yourself a "HolgAgon".







Here's how I built mine...

http://freepdfhosting.com/b316cbe2ff.pdf

It is easy to do. Mine cost 167 for everything including the lens.

You can see some pictures made with a HolgAgon here: https://www.flickr.com/search/?w=234...N02&q=HolgAgon

richard