Thomas Keil

Thomas Keil



Next up it’s Thomas from the home town of Zeiss, Jena, Germany.

When did you find out about the Xpan?


When did you get your Xpan?

2011 I bought a (used) XPan and had some fun with it. But it was quite hard to get good scans of my pictures so finally I sold the camera 2012 – but quite soon I felt very sorry about that. 2013 I again get a Fuji XT-1 (which is similar to the XPan) – and since that it is a love which hasn’t ended yet..

What attracted you to the Xpan?

The picture ratio is just amazing. So wiiiiiide…

What lenses do you have?

4/45 und 4/90

Which is your favourite lens?

I both love the 45mm and 90mm lenses but the 4/45 is the one I definitely prefer. For me the 45mm is an all-round lens.

What do you like to take photos of with your Xpan?

Actually I use the XPan for everything I want to shot. Close-ups are also possible as panoramic landscapes. What I absolutely love is to take pictures vertically with the XPan.

What would you like to take photos of with your Xpan?

No special wishes, just more magical moments when the XPan is at hand.

What is your favourite film to use in the Xpan?

Ilford XP2 super, TMax 400, Portra 160

What are your three favourite shots that you have taken with your Xpan?

All the three pictures have been taken by accident. Nothing was planned, there was just me and the Xpan – and suddenly there was a magic moment and I had the luck to be at the right place at the right time.


The first picture shows fishermen at the Rhein river. There was a lot of fog and I thought it would be a great idea to take a picture of the train bridge disappearing in the fog. When I reached the bridge I found this scene.


The second picture has been taken at the main station in Frankfurt. My connecting train was delayed, so I had some some time to walk around.


The third picture have been taken at a wood near the alps. Later at home I adjusted the contrast of the picture with photoshop – and accidentially inverted the picture. Suddenly it was perfect magic.

What is your favourite shot that someone else took with an Xpan?

mumbai traffic

I not really have a favourite XPan shot of an other photographer. This picture was taken by a friend – and it was one of the reasons I (again) felt in love with the XPan. And to buy his TX-1 😉

Which photographers inspire you?

Very inspiring for me Horst Hamanns “New York vertical”. To shoot vertical pictures with a panoramic camera was absolutely new to me – I just love this style.

What other cameras do you like to use?

Leica M6 – because it’s a Leica. The M6 has been my photographic teacher.

Nikonos V – because there are pictures to shoot under water.

If Hasselblad made a digital Xpan, would you buy it?

No. I just prefer shooting analog.

Where can we see your work?


Cheers Thomas!

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