Friday, November 21, 2014

Panorama Camera Collection: Noblex 135N

This was actually my first film panorama camera I bought somewhere in 2001. Produced by Kamerawerk Dresden since early 1990's the camera follows the same principle as Widelux and Horizont cameras with a rotating lens (swinglens). It exposes on 35mm film 19 24x66 mm images with roughly 135 degree of view with a fix focus 29mm f/4.5 lens.
The N/S/U version differ by shutter speed range (actually no shutter involved!) and shift control. The N offers shutterspeed from 1/60 to 1/500 and no shift, U and S have shift, U extends to 1sec and S (sport) to 1/30.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Panorama Camera Collection: Seitz Roundshot 28 220

One of the jewels of my panorama camera collection, the Seitz Roundshot 28 220 which was introduced somewhere in 2002 and I bought a used set early 2007.
The set comes with body, lens, view finder and battery charger in a pelican case. My serial number is 009. Wonder how many they produced.
Did not use it for quite a while, I still run it once in a while to keep the mechanics smooth.

Interesting facts about the camera:

  • It exposes 120 film but uses a 35mm format lens, the Nikon 28mm/3.5 PC (Perspective Control, aka wider image circle) lens.
  • It has a standard Nikon mount, though it wont render any useful images with another Nikon lens. Never tried that.

You can notice a significant fall-off at the top and the bottom, sometimes my camera also produce the strange exposure problem on the left side.

More infos:

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Camera Collection: Bilora Stahlbox

Produced between 1948 and 1952 by Bilora, a company still in existence, but they stopped producing cameras in 1979. This camera, like all boxes, cant be more simple. Put in a 120 film, click the button to get a fix focus - fix aperture - fix speed - picture. The total reverse of any hightech loaded DSLR. The box would work at any condition I guess, provided the light conditions fit the settings.
This would I got for 3 Euro ! and it is in quite mint conditions plus a slightly stinky case.
(The shipping cost me twice as much.)
Bilora Box
Some info about the camera and Bilora:

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Camera Collection: lhagee Exa 1a

Like the EXA 500 this camera was produced by lhagee (later VEB Pentacon) in Dresden between 1964 and 1977. 

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

KMZ Horizont Manual

Share this with you, in case you come across a Horizont camera without a manual.