Lockdown brings many challenges.
Avoiding FleaBay is advisable, buying photobooks is advisable, but sometimes, just sometimes a sense of madness overcomes you and you buy something on a whim.
And so it was with two WidePic “panorama” cameras closely followed by a Halina Panorama as I’m told they have a better lens….but come on who is kidding whom here.
Lets get one thing straight – these aren’t high end panoramic cameras, of course they aren’t really panoramic cameras at all in the true sense of the word but expose a regular 35mm film through a panoramic mask with a nice wide lens. So a faux panorama.
Why not just crop a 35mm frame from a decent SLR with a wide angle lens? Absolutely, knock yourself out.
But you know what these are just so much FUN.
I loaded the red WidePic with a 12 exposure roll of 30 year expired York film and within a 10 minute drive to the supermarket I snapped most of these through the window of the car, no fuss, no bother, a freedom that was a sheer joy.
So the red one is pretty.
I have a roll of TriX in the Halina and a roll of truprint in then other black WidePix. But for now here are the results from the 30 year old York film shot in a £3 camera and developed in C41 chemicals that had 25 rolls through it…..I’m in love and I don’t care what you think !
And of course in these days days we need to smile – and using this camera made me smile.