Wideluxing it

October 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Welcome ....WIdeluxing...what is it? 

WIdelux is a panoramic camera from the 1960's, 70's.... it was built in Japan and had various versions as I have the F6. 

This is new to me, as I have just started and am playing with how to make it work in street photography. Because it has a wide field of view, (120 degrees), it captures quite but it, but....there are some quirks which creates a learning curve.

First...learn how to use the camera. Learn how to position your fingers on the camera so the wide panoramic view does not take into account your fingers. That is number 1. Number 2, learn where to best position the  camera and it is not from the viewfinder as in normal cameras. It works best to have the camera at 'chest height' and use the 'level' on the top of the camera to adjust so you are taking a nice level image of what is in front of you. Remember, it has a wide range, so....find images that demand a wide range.

Third....it has limited functions....it has shutter speeds of 1/15, 1/125 and 1/250 coupled with f-stops of f2.8, f4, f5.6, f8 and f11.... Those are you only options so you might have to have a good idea of what those mean and how they work. From there....just take a shot. Go out and play and see what comes of your film. I have used Kodak 100 and Kodak 400 speed..... both work well. It is better to be overexposed than underexposed when capturing faces as one likes in street photography. 


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