Shooting with a “Ghostbusters” Brooks-Veriwide Camera

Let’s do a little throwback to 1989 and see if anyone still remembers the quirky Brooks-Veriwide camera and its cameo in Ghostbusters II!

Looking for the next quirky camera to add to your camera collection? We can trust Paris-based photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern to always have something interesting to consider. This time, it’s another nostalgic camera that made a Hollywood cameo: a Brooks-Veriwide medium format panoramic camera that appeared in Ghostbusters II in 1989.

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The CAMERADACTYL Brancopan Uses 35mm Film to Shoot Panoramas

If you like going the DIY route and make your own cameras and accessories, Brancopan, the latest CAMERADACTYL contraption, will let you 3D print your own.

After years of making and selling the CAMERADACTYL cameras, Ethan Moses recently decided to let everyone in on the fun of building their own. Brancopan, the latest of these quirky cameras, is a 35mm panoramic camera that takes Mamiya Press lenses and you can 3D print yourself. If you’re looking for a new project that you can do over the weekend or a little longer, Moses suggests taking a shot at his new design and grabbing it through Kickstarter.

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This Mysterious USSR Prototype Panoramic Camera Is Yours for $40,000

Any collectors of USSR cameras out there? This unique and interesting prototype panoramic camera could be something up your alley.

We’re sure USSR cameras are part of many, if not all, vintage camera collections and film camera arsenals out there. They’re great starter cameras, and they provide an easy route to camera collecting since they’re often cheap and easy to find. Our latest vintage find, however, is anything but both: a curious-looking prototype panoramic camera that takes medium format film. It’s so unique and unusual that you most likely won’t find anything like it.

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This Wooden DIY 35mm Panoramic Camera Yields Great Results So Far

Photographers like Galen Weld show us how determination and getting crafty can get us our dream cameras — like a DIY 35mm panoramic camera!

Move over, Hasselblad XPan. You’ve got some cool competitors out there now, courtesy of the highly resourceful and creative film photographer. They show us that if we can’t get our hands on a coveted camera like the Xpan, there’s nothing stopping us from making our own instead. That is if we can get even half as crafty and clever as Seattle-based Galen Weld, who has recently shared his progress on building his own DIY  35mm panoramic camera. If you’re interested in making your own assembly he’s even got the stuff to get you started!

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This Gorgeous Silver Fujifilm TX-1 Rangefinder is Your Not-So-Secret Hasselblad XPan

By snagging this sleek and modern film rangefinder, you get to own a popular camera born out of a collaboration between Fujifilm and Hasselblad.

It’s time once again for us to indulge your GAS tendencies and grow your collection with another ebay find! Today, we tip you off about an analog beauty that is without a doubt one of the most popular and coveted rangefinder cameras of all time. If you’ve long had the gorgeous Fujifilm TX-1 on your wishlist, now is your chance to grab one if you’re prepared to shell out close to $3,000 for it. If you’ve had your eye on this piece for a while, you most likely know why it’s going for that much!

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The Panomicron: Building a Custom 93x24mm Panorama Camera

All images by Oscar Oweson. Used with permission.

“My camera, that I call the ‘Panomicron’ is a 35mm panoramic camera that shoots 93×24 negatives.” says photographer Oscar Oweson in an interview with us. “It can use any Mamiya Press lens but does not have any rangefinder, zone focus only (so the 100mm f2.8 might not be ideal).” The Panomicron is a Custom Made 93x24mm Panorama Camera. Like many of the newer generation of photographers out there, he wanted to play with a Hasselblad X Pan camera. However, they’re pretty expensive. So he built his own variation.

With a little bit of creative genius, Oscar created a camera that’s bound to get lots of photographers really excited.

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Quick Review: Lomography Belairgon Lenses for the Belair X 6-12

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Lomography Belairgon Lens Review

When the Lomography Belair X 6-12 medium format panoramic camera first came out, the only lenses available were the 58mm and 90mm kit lenses, which are made from plastic. In our review, we mentioned that these are pretty weak in the corners, especially in 6×12 panoramic format, but nicely sharp in the center. A while ago then, Lomography announced the development of proper glass lenses, manufactured by Zenit in Russia. We recently go the 90mm and 114mm Belairgon lenses in for review, so here’s what we think about them.

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The Flexcam is a Camera That Can Shoot Panoramas in One Shot



Panoramic cameras have been around for years and years–but have mostly performed best in the analog days. But over at the Queen’s University Media Lab, the tinkerers there have been experimenting and prototyping a flexible camera that aims to shoot panoramas in one image. To do it, the researchers incorporated multiple camera sensors and lenses onto a flexible surface. The information that the sensors see is displayed onto a flexible OLED screen on the back so that the panorama can be accurately shown.

The OLED screen is so far very responsive to the bends that someone might do to get a wider field of vision.

The only problem that we see so far is just how specialized this might be. Surely landscape photographers would totally eat this up but they also want RAW files to work with and something like this can’t be very portable. It currently seems like you’d be toting around a computer keyboard. Getting consumers to step away from their panoramic features might be tough unless they make it smaller with small sensors.

Video demo is after the jump.

Via Gizmodo

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