Friday, June 12, 2009

Xpan Go Bag

Xpan Go BagJust a quick post to show my Xpan Go Bag. The basic idea is that I can toss it in a backpack before a trip and have everything I need for a few days of shooting. Here's a list of what's included:

  • Xpan body (can't forget that)

  • 45mm lens

  • Think Tank thin shoulder strap

  • hot shoe bubble level

  • extra CR2 batteries (the Xpan needs two)

  • six rolls of film (126 panoramic shots)

  • Hoya Orange(G), 85C, and 81A multi-coated filters

  • shutter release cable

  • aluminum bracket to recenter the tripod mount

  • two 1/4" x 1/2" thumb screws (easy to lose)

Xpan Go Bag

I think I could get the 90mm lens in there too, but I don't have one yet. There's probably a more compact way to hold the filters as well, which I'll have to look into. Overall, it weighs in at about 7 lbs with my Gitzo 1155 Traveler tripod.


Also, my friend Chuck was nice enough to make the aluminum bracket for recentering the tripod mount (pictured above). I'm not sure why Hasselblad put it so far off to the side. Having it centered allows the camera to be much more balanced on the ball head, which means I can use a smaller and lighter ball head. The bracket is threaded on one side so the tripod can screw into it, and clear on the other so the thumb screw can go through and screw into the camera. There's some cork glued on one side to make things nice and snug. The separation between the holes is 2 inches, center-to-center.

Also, wanted to share this Xpan link to a Luminous Landscape article by Australian photographer James Pierce.

Happy shooting!

Moraine Park

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