I like real camera ‘systems’.
What I mean by that, is a range of products from lenses through other items that give us, the user, flexibility to refine our equipment to match what we want to do over time. And protect a long term investment we can then realise.
Not all ‘systems’ are as good as many think often lacking on useful items when you start to look into it.
And I particularly like and respect those brands such as Nikon, who have backward compatibility as far as is practical to support their customers investments over the very long term.
Hasselblad also fall into that category, with the H/X/V camera families and various adapters that keep some use between old and new systems.
Today they have announced a ‘XPan’ Lens adapter for the current X1D camera.
The XPan shot with 35mm film to create as an option panoramic images. Quite a unique product, and I am sure those who still use it will be very pleased with this new possibility.
The X1D is growing into just the ‘system’ camera I am talking about.
Here we go with the details:
HASSELBLAD LAUNCHES XPAN LENS ADAPTER FOR THE X SYSTEM
Hasselblad expands its range of accessories for the X System with the new XPan Lens Adapter, allowing photographers to use their legacy XPan lenses on the award-winning X System.
The Hasselblad XPan lens series was released in 1998 and the new adapter bridges the iconic optics with the latest imaging capabilities from the mirrorless X1D system, just recently benchmarking the highest score by DxO Mark. The sleek new adapter is lightweight, compact, and works seamlessly into the setup.
“The original XPan lenses inspired us when we introduced the current X1D lenses,”
Said Ove Bengtsson – Product Manager. “The new XPan Lens Adapter speaks to two major aspects of Hasselblad, our drive to innovate and push medium format technology such as the X1D and also to our respect for the legacy equipment that many photographers still rely on to this day. This adapter is the merger of those ideas and that’s what makes this announcement so exciting.”
Customers utilizing the new XPan Lens Adapter first are advised to update their X1D to Firmware 1.20, launched on December 19, 2017. This update also includes a new Selectable Crop Mode thatfeatures the classic proportions of the XPan system. Hasselblad will continue to support its legacy and new products alike with plans to create a V to X system adapter and a dual battery charger for the X1D.
The XPan Adapter will be available in mid-January and will retail at €179 / US $179 / £159 / RMB ¥ 1,580 / JPY ¥ 21,999 incl. VAT.
Supported XPan lenses:
XPan Lens Adapter:
Diameter – 73mm
Height: – 21,4mm
Weight: – 112g
*XPan lenses are no longer manufactured nor sold by Hasselblad.