Our next Xpan Photographer profile is Charlotte from London.
When did you find out about the Xpan?
I found out about the Xpan a few years ago, when looking for the ideal 35mm panoramic camera. I tried a couple of compact cameras with a crop-pano feature, but none really matched what I wanted.
When did you get your Xpan?
December 2014, from the fantastic West Yorkshire Cameras.
What attracted you to the Xpan?
I love the long form format of the Xpan negatives, and the possibilities it offers for both close-up portraiture/street photography, and the more obvious landscapes. I’ve always admired how movie stills can look – wide and tight depth-of-field, and this camera is a good way to emulate that. The glass also has a good reputation for being sharp.
What lenses do you have?
Only the 45mm at the moment, but hoping to get the 30mm soon.
What do you like to take photos of with your Xpan?
The usual landscapes, but also street photos – people in crowds, people on the move, that kind of thing.
What would you like to take photos of with your Xpan?
I need to practice taking photos of people without getting so shy about it! Luckily my Xpan is a bit beat-up, so I have less worries about using it on the street and it getting knocked or stolen.
What is your favourite film to use in the Xpan?
Velvia slide film for colour, and TMax for b/w.
What are your three favourite shots that you have taken with your Xpan?
1) Love the tight DOF here, and the crisp sharp lines of the thistles. Great contrast on this film too.
2) Saturated loveliness on Velvia, in the Einstein Science Park in Pottsdam, Germany. Perfect format for this oddly-shaped building. I took this camera all over Europe on a motorbike road trip, and got my last photo too.
3) Sculpture in The Hague – with two friends. I love how the Xpan captures a wide scene, as opposed to a tighter one that would have lost the details of the benches and man playing a violin.
What is your favourite shot that someone else took with an Xpan?
I love wide shots showing lots of repeating detail, and forests are perfect for this. I usually prefer b/w over colour, but here it shows the wintery feel of the landscape off well, I think.
Which photographers inspire you?
I don’t do as much research into famous photographers as I should, so my favourites are all people I know online! Osh Rees is always producing amazing shots with his square format photos. I also like Alistair Ross’s Xpan street photography.
What other cameras do you like to use?
I recently bought myself a Bronica SQ-A for medium format photos – I’ve been lusting after one for longer than the Xpan. I love the enormous WLF and the fantastic CLUNK the shutter makes. My everyday 35mm camera is a Pentax ME Super a friend gave me – for practical as well as sentimental reasons, it’s a great little camera, and so light. For travelling light, I use my Olympus XA4 – tiny clamshell design and a sharp lens.
If Hasselblad made a digital Xpan, would you buy it?
No, probably not – digital doesn’t excite me as much as film does, and I expect it’d be way out of my price range!
Where can we see your work?