March 25, 2006

Hasselblad to discontinue XPan camera


It looks like Hasselblad is going to discontinue their panoramic Xpan cameras. The reason is a new European law that prevents manufacturers to use lead in their products. Ouch, I guess a number of cool products might disappear from the market because of this.

And I just got such a camera, it's a really cool camera. What a pitty! From here.

Posted by ovidiu at March 25, 2006 01:27 AM |

I saw this coming and bought an XPan II with the 45mm and 90mm lenses just a month ago, using proceeds from the sale of my old Leica M6TTL (I also have a MP).

You're right about the camera, the optical quality is superb, just like the Fuji 6x17 medium format panoramic cameras, except the lenses are fast enough to allow handheld photography (and the rangefinder makes life easier than the G617's scale focusing).

The RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) EU directive mentioned is a bogus smokescreen - it only covers newly designed products, not old ones that are grandfathered. The real reason is that Fuji is dicontinuing a lot of their film camera manufacture, as is Hasselblad.

Posted by: Fazal Majid on March 25, 2006 07:28 AM
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