Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/01/18

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Mustang? and Xpan - good , bad or just ugly
From: Sebastian Green <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 08:15:24 -0800 (PST)

One problem with the XPAN, and I can think of a couple
of Architectural photographers who have one, is that
the pictures just scream "I've got an XPAN" and this
quickly becomes old.

- --- Bob Keene <> wrote:
> Hi there-
> I've used an Xpan for about a year, on and off, just
> pulled it out 
> again after not using it for about 3 months because
> my Hexar RF seems 
> to have developed chronic vertical rangefinder
> mis-alignment :(
> the Xpan is a very nice camera- doesn't have the
> build of an M, paint 
> wears off very easily.... but it feels really nice
> in my hands. the 
> rangefinder patch is small, it isn't as easy to
> focus as the M, and the 
> lenses are REALLY slow at f4... but it's designed to
> do different 
> things! The pano setting makes for some really
> interesting images- and 
> it's hard to get a well composed image without
> really thinking about 
> what you want... I use it on wedding shoots to
> create unique bride and 
> groom images... then sell 8x24" panoramic images to
> the bride and groom 
> and parents. It really is an 'outdoor' camera and
> shouldn't be thought 
> of as any kind of M replacement.
> Film loading is a breeze- the one thing that irks me
> (and most everyone 
> else who has one) is that you have to look at the
> back of the camera to 
> see shutter speed if you're shooting in AE mode.
> regards,
> Bob Keene
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