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Wednesday
Mar022011

Panorama 35mm Plastic Film Camera Review

(If you can't see the video, please click here.)

I picked this great cheap little plastic camera from a charity shop on the Isle of Wight (£2), and I have been pleasantly surprised with the results that I've got from it.

Panorama 35mm Film Camera

There are many variations on this camera - different colours, names and styles, but they all are a bit of a cheat, not having true wide-angle lenses, instead these cameras simply mask off the tops and bottoms of the 35mm frame to give a panoramic look.

Saying that though, the photographs are much more than a sum of their constituant parts. Even though they are simple crops, I think they have a distinctive look, and that slim viewpoint has made me choose distinctive subjects.

Office Building / Lamp Post

 On the back of the camera is a reminder to tell your lab to process the film as panoramic. You may find that not many know how to do it, or hold the 4" paper required to produce the wide, slim prints, but they may well be able to scan them as panoramic, so you'll at least get some impressive images on disc.

 Red Car With Window Poster

 Perhaps a more challenging perspective, the vertical panorama does have it place and provides an unusual point of view.

Stormy Solent, View From Southsea

 With one aperture, one shutter speed, and a fixed-focus lens, the panoramic camera is simplicity in itself to use. All it needs is some film, probably ISO 400 for drab days, 100 for sunny, and a willingness to experiment.

Ryde Pier With Hovercraft

 So next time you're out and about, keep your eyes open for these little panoramic cameras. They look like ordinary 35mm film models, but that simple addition of a cropping frame makes a wonderful difference.

Forton Creek Bridge

 For me I think I'll be trying some black and white, self-developed film next. Oh yes!

Derelict Buildings, Explosion Museum

Cheers, Rob.

 

Reader Comments (4)

I love it! I have a Supapix which I found at a car boot for 50p which is similar to yours, but it gives you the option of 'Panoramic' or 'Normal'.
Do Jessops charge extra for the panoramic prints?

July 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Hi Ben,

You'll have to find a lab, Jessops or otherwise, where the technician knows how to print the pano size, and also one that actually has the pano paper size, the 4" roll normally used for APS prints if my memory serves me well.

Otherwise you'll get normal size prints with black borders, not such a bad thing.

Thanks, Rob.

July 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterRob_Nunn

I bought the very same camera this week from a charity shop but in black and it was brand new boxed with instructions and a wrist strap. Well as today was such a sunny day I popped in some pound land 200 asa film, I shot a roll while on my travels as there was some clear blue sky with powdery clouds. I dropped them into Boots on a 1hr and when I got them back I was amazed at the results they were brilliant. The sharpness was pretty good for a plastic camera and probably better than my original Russian lomo I bought in '82.

I will be using it again with B&W film it's a cheap plastic camera that produces results way above what you think it can do. Probably best pound I've ever spent..

August 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIGlad

Found this camera today in a charity shop for £2...I didn't buy it but after reading your review I'm going to go back tomorrow and hope its still there!

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaira

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