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.