The Hassleblad Xpan is an absolute dream camera and can be had for slightly cheaper as the Fujifilm TX-1 and TX-2, but even the "cheaper" TX-2 is upwards of $3,000.
Andrew, of Denae & Andrew, walks us through a few of his recommended panoramic cameras that he has gotten to use over the past year or so. Without spoiling the entire video, it's great to see the amount of options out there for photographers. My personal favorite that he mentions is the Horizon S3 Pro, which is extremely affordable and specifically designed for panoramas unlike some of the other options. The battery-less mechanical shutter allows for some interesting artistic uses, like some fun slit-scan distortion, and is something I've had my eye on for a long time.
While there is an argument for simply cropping your images, there is something special about forcing yourself into a specific restriction, like shooting black and white or a fixed lens camera. I am a big advocate of locking yourself into a specific situation in order to break up normal thought patterns in order to grow as an artist. I've mentioned it before in past articles, but Lars Von Trier's Five Obstructions should be mandatory viewing for all artistic practitioners as a fantastic example of that. Netflix's new documentary, The Creative Brain, mentions that one of the secrets to be creative is to constantly learn, and forcing yourself into using a single aspect ratio outside of the norm, a single lens, or working with or without color are fantastic ways to spark your creativity and blossom as an artist.