Film Widelux, Noblex, Horizon - Panoramic Cameras

phigmov

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Mar 23, 2015
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After seeing Jeff Bridges shooting his Widelux I started poking around on evilbay and saw the 2 common variants of panoramic 'moving lens' cameras - the Widelux (vintage Japanese) & Noblex (German). And I also stumbled across the Russian Horizon cameras yesterday too - these often appear to be sold as 'lomo' style cameras in-spite of being fairly well made (and they're a lot cheaper than the Widelux or Noblex).

Anyone have experience with these?
The Horizon looks like a great deal but I've heard a few stories of build-quality issues that mean they're not as good a deal as you'd think (can have soft lenses & scratch film). On the other hand, they're so much cheaper its just a matter of balancing the costs/benefits/risks to suit personal requirements.
At the 'pro' end the Hasselblad X-Pan, Fuji TX1 & 617 kind of have the super-wide film market tied up - they seem to cost 2 to 3 times as much again over the moving-lens cameras.

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M. Valdemar

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Aug 5, 2013
104
New York City
I have had numerous Horizonts and sold them off. I found them more of a novelty rather than an everyday shooter.

Just this weekend I picked up a beautiful example of a Widelux F7, like new.

Now I have yet another project, to shoot some test film with it and figure out where to get it printed or scanned.
 

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