The 2024CubePan is the newest 135 format system from Chroma. It's a compact, lightweight, camera system with interchangeable lens cones to allow for a range of focal lengths to be used by the photographer. It shares the same lens cones as the Six6 medium format system.
All 2024CubePan cameras come with one lens cone/helicoid (where required) as standard. If there is a specific lens you wish to use, and it's not listed, get in touch and a custom cone can be designed, so long as the rear element is smaller than 60mm diameter, and the shutter size is smaller than 54mm;
All lens cones are secured using a tab beneath the grip and a sliding latch on the opposite side. This ensures that they are very secure, but can be easily removed to swap lens cones as required (lens not included with camera).
The CubePan has a traditional hinged rear door with a slot-in film reminder tab, and an innovative spring catch to securely lock it in the closed position.
The widest frame format is a truly panoramic 24x72mm, all cameras also come with slot-in baffles, which can be fitted before loading the film, to reduce the frame size to 18x24mm (Half Frame) or 24x36mm (Full Frame). Like the Baby Cube pinhole system, there is an integrated sprocket hole counting mechanism, and an external indicator wheel, allowing precise frame spacing for each frame format (36 exposure film roll for example);
18x24mm - 1 half rotation of the indicator wheel - 72 frames
24x36mm - 1 full rotation of the indicator wheel - 36 frames
24x72mm - 2 full rotations of the indicator wheel - 18 frames
The CubePan camera weighs only 274g, without lens, making it a very compact system that you can comfortably carry in a small bag, or attached via a camera strap. It uses a precise ratchet and traditional spring-return lever for winding the film.
On the top plate, there is a simple clicked frame counter wheel on the shoulder, allowing you to manually keep track the film usage. There are 18 defined click-stop positions, which can be manually selected after each frame is exposed. This gives a quick indication of film usage whilst using the camera. Next to the frame counter is a central standard cold shoe as well as the removable dark slide (with red corner marking to remind you to remove it!).
The darkslide can be left out at all times, unless you wish to change lens cone mid-roll, as there is a sprung light trap inside the top plate.
On the left side of the top plate there is a removable 'framefinder'. All CubePan cameras come with one lens cone, a lens board and a framefinder that matches the focal length of the lens. The framefinder is a non-optical composition guide, which helps to frame your image according to the lens in use. The widest lens that can be mounted to the CubePan is the Schneider 47mm F5.6 non-XL.
In the base of the CubePan there is a standard 1/4" tripod thread mount.
Included with your CubePan
Lens cone of your choice
Lens Board of your choice (if required)
Drop in ground glass for setting up your preferred focus distances
18x24 "Half Frame" Insert
24x36 "Full Frame" Insert
Compact wrist strap
There are no lenses or other accessories included with the CubePan - These are to be supplied by the photographer.