Toy Panoramic Camera

At a car boot sale this morning I picked up a Halina Panorama-F 35mm Point and shoot.  Instead of actually shooting a wider than normal size shot on the film it actually shoots a standard width frame, but one that is shorter than on a standard 35mm camera.  It does however have wide field of view (24mm perhaps) and was good fun shooting a test roll during a bbq.

VickyThe camera is fixed focus, and claims to be sharp from 1m to infinity.  As you might expect from a plastic lens if is not exactly sharp, but plenty sharp enough to take interesting shots without thinking about aperture, iso and shutter speed.  The shutter speed is fixed, so the only user control variable is the, which can only be changed by switching film.  The instructions claim 400 is best, but 100 or 200 can be used in bright light.  I used HP5 400, which shoud give me plenty of room for error.  Only a few shots taken indoors without the flash where unusable

I find with panoramics, it usually makes a better picture if care is given in getting subects both close and further from the camera to help give the picture depth.  In this group shot, I positions a person closer to me on the side of the frame.  By doing this I find it draws the viewer into the picture, so that in this case they are part of the group eating marshmellows.

Finally, a portrait of my with my chicken taken byVicky.  After a BBQ and beers, the extra frame width is handy.