Can anyone please explain the practical differences between various Widelux models? Also comparisons of these to the Ruskie alternatives? Just thinking here but Serius Glass' recent acquisition now has me thinking how cool something like that would be. Lord help me.:pouty:
Jim,the Russian panoramic cameras,I've got a horizon s3 u500 are great value for the money(200-300 dollars)Shutter speeds on mine are 1/2,1/4,1/8,1/60,1/125,1/250,1/500.aperture 2.8-16.I believe these cameras have more shutter speeds than the widelux.I bought mine to see if I would like the panoramic format and I love the camera and it didn't break the bank.I've got a few shots in my gallery from this particular camera.I can't comment on the quality of the widelux but the horizon is good quality especially good at f8 and higher.
Ditto on the Horizon. Mine lay dormant for a few years, but in the last few months I have put several rolls through it. Good, sharp lens. Advisory: keep it level!
Originally Posted by Alan W
Get Horizon S3pro. for best sharpness at fstop16, let the lens be replaced by a horizon 202one. This was discussed back and forth. I had an pbasesite to prove it. i will no revive it.
KMZ replaced the sharp 202-lens. I dont know why. The problems with 202 were certainly not related to the lens.
if you enlarge 30x or uise a loupe and check details at 5m you will see the difference.
elsewhere-i think its rangefinderforum we also discussing back and forth ideas how to increase DOF by changing film-lens distance.
If foregorund is not sharp enough(razorsharp) you will never see how unsharp the lens is at fstop 16.
sharpness is normally good at fstop 5.6/8 , 11, 16(but not in s3pro)
Horizont/Horizon-guru rainer k-lampinen said they had made 6m prints. he created technopan, 20 years ago the model with all 8 exposures times(no gap).
if you want to shoot seriously you need the quick 1/30-for indoor-shots of people. and a method to have enough DOF when shooting at 5.6 or 5.6/8. see above. forget shooting below 5.6/8. images are soft.