Generally I make it a principle not to talk about cameras. However, today I want to make an exception.
Over the many years I’ve been taking pictures I’ve used many cameras, both film and digital. And yes, I’ve spent, some might say wasted, a lot of money in satisfying my interest, again, some might say, obsession, with cameras.
The problem I have is that I genuinely like cameras. Not just the use of them but the whole thing, aesthetics, mechanics, even the smell, of cameras.
This obsession led me down many roads. I switched to digital fairly early – I even bought (arguably) the first digital camera, the game changing but dreadful Casio QV-10 which I still have in my collection. I moved into high end Nikon digital gear*. I loved its immediacy.
However, even whilst a digital user, I was seduced by one analogue camera. The Hasselblad Xpan.
This camera used 35mm film but produces a negative almost twice as long as a standard 35mm camera. The format appealed to me so I took the plunge and bought the camera, a 45mm lens and a 30mm lens.
I enjoyed the results but for (impatient) me the immediacy of digital won the day and I sold the camera – 10 years ago now.
It is worthy of note, this camera and lens has been the only camera** I have bought which was sold for more than it cost me. It showed me a good 25% profit at the time. Perhaps, had I held onto it I would have made more.
* Gone now. I use German Mirrorless.
**apart from those I bought at auction to deliberately sell for profit.
A few images from the camera. (give them a nudge to see the larger image)