Just before Christmas I bought myself an Hasselblad XPan ii with a 45mm lens. I’ve got some pretty clear ideas what I want to do with this camera, though in fact largely speaking I think I’m more interested in the results I can achieve with the 90mm I’ve bought since.
Regardless, the 45mm is a lens I still want to get to grips with; I’m pretty certain I can find good use for it, especially when the summer comes and me and the family start going out for our walks in the countryside again. So, first roll, just a bit of a mission to get used to the camera and experiment with the field of view and aspect ratio a bit.
First impressions of the camera are fairly positive, it’s seems largely speaking fairly logical to use and is comfortable in the hand, if a little big and heavy. I’ll get to all that in much more detail when I eventually get around to writing the review. In the meanwhile I just want to talk about my first roll.
Unfortunately, the first roll was somewhat of a disaster. I’ve got so used to shooting the M-A recently that the automation completely confuddled me. I loaded a roll of HP5, set the ISO to 3200 and proceeded to shoot on aperture priority without paying any real attention to how the meter was responding. It didn’t go well, many of my shots ended up underexposed leaving me with murky scans.
AG photo lab assure me they processed at +3, so my current feeling is that I need to spend some time learning how the meter reads (something I’ve been doing with the currently loaded roll).
Regardless of the slight balls up, and the somewhat murky underexposed scans I received back, I have been able to salvage something out of a couple of the shots with the slightly heavier use of Lightroom than I’m usually comfortable applying.
These are the best of the bunch, far from perfect exposures, yes, but I do love the aspect ratio, and actually feel quite comfortable with the focal length
Wish me more luck with the next roll!
You can find my eventual review of the Hasselblad XPan-ii here