Roll 126. Holga PAN 135
I have been most pleased with the results from the Shanghai GP3 I have been shooting in my medium format cameras, and with the Lucky SHD100 I have used in my 135 cameras. So I ordered another couple of rolls of each film, and added a Holga panoramic 35mm camera to the order at the last second.
Panoramic cameras seemed very fun, but most are quite expensive. The Holga PAN 135 was quite manageable however.
As you can see from the picture above it takes very wide pictures that stretch about twice the size of ordinary 35mm frames. Looking in the view finder gives a feeling of embracing the world.
As with most of these simple cameras the viewfinder does not show exactly what framing the of the final picture will be, but now that I know the difference I can probably compensate for it on subsequent rolls.
The pictures can get somewhat sharp in the middle, if you manage to guess the distance to the subject correctly. But near the edges things are very soft and distorted. Also the film winding is a bit moody, at least on my camera. Sometimes it locks the winding too soon, before enough film has been advanced for the next frame. Which can lead to interesting double exposures.
I’ve run three rolls through the camera this far, and developed one of them. In spite of the problems with framing, sharpness and the frame advance, the camera is very fun to take pictures with. I am sure that it will come with me in the camera bag frequently.