Chroma Cameras' CubePan 35mm

Chroma Cameras’ CubePan 35mm is An Improved Panoramic Film Camera

A revised model of Chroma Cameras’ CubePan 135-format panoramic camera has been made available. The 2023 version includes the same features as last year’s original, although it now includes better usability based on feedback from photographers.

Chroma Cameras’ founder Steve Lloyd tells Kosmo Foto that the new version of the CubePan 35mm system camera is “an exciting multi-format panoramic 35mm camera system which uses magnetic lens cones to allow for multiple focal lengths from 47mm to 180mm, along with compatibility with all Mamiya Press lenses as well as a specific pinhole plate.”

Following insightful comments from photographers using the first version, Lloyd made the decision to release the new version. To make the CubePan 35mm pano camera even better, Lloyd collaborated with these photographers. Although it has a grip design similar to that of Chroma’s medium format camera designs, the improved CubePan has the same compact size and lens compatibility as its predecessor. However, some photographers found the grip on the original CubePan to be too small when using larger, heavier lenses.

“After redesigning the grip from my larger cameras for the CubePan, I felt that the added stability from the combination of both front/rear grips helps when using the camera handheld, so I decided to make it a standard feature,” Lloyd tells KosmoFoto.

The brand-new darkslide holder is another advancement. This allows users to change lenses without affecting the loaded film. The CubePan is made for the widest panoramic frame format, 24x72mm, but it also includes slot-in baffles so that the frame size can be decreased to 24x48mm or 24x24mm. With the new darkslide holder, photographers can switch lenses while still using the same roll of film because the roll supports 52 frames at 24x24mm.

As a nod to Lloyd’s first camera, the Advanced45, which he launched on Kickstarter in 2018, the 2023 CubePan comes in a variety of colorways, including black, classic (wood), light stone (gray), “pro orange,” olive green, purple, and matte blue.

The focal length can be adjusted on the 135 format CubePan using special, exchangeable magnetic lens cones. In order to make it simpler to release the eight neodymium magnets, Lloyd added a mechanical latch to the left side of the cone, opposite the camera’s grip.

Chroma Camera claims the lightweight camera body, which only weighs 274 grams (9.7 ounces), makes it simple to carry in a small bag. The camera has two winding knobs made of machined aluminum as well as a precise ratchet. For the user to keep track of film usage, the camera base has a pair of clicked frame counter wheels. The camera has a standard 1/4-inch tripod thread in its base and a cold shoe with an integrated bubble level in the center of the top plate.

There is only one lens cone/helicoid included with the CubePan instead of a lens. Chroma may be able to design a customized lens for a photographer who wants to use a specific lens that isn’t listed on the company’s website, provided that lens’s rear element has a diameter less than 60mm and its shutter size is less than 54mm.

For $429, you can place an order for a 2023 CubePan 135 format panoramic camera. In three to four weeks after the purchase, the camera will be constructed.

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Source: petapixel

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