Lomopedia: Ansco Pix Panorama

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Our featured camera for this installment of Lomopedia is known for lo-fi panoramic shots and its clunky plastic body. It’s no other than the Ansco Pix Panorama camera. Get to know about this panoramic shooter after the cut.

The Ansco Pix Panorama is an easy choice for quick panoramic shooting. It is a no-fuss plastic toy camera produced by Ansco. Most of the Pix Panoramas were made in China. Its well-known box type body is larger than the usual 35mm toy cameras.

Images via Squeaky Marmot and Ross on Flickr, and Diana Camera blog

One thing that made the Ansco Pix Panorama an easy camera to shoot with is its all-out fixed features. Focus, aperture, shutter speed, focal length – almost everything on the camera is fixed except the lens cover. This didn’t hinder the Pix Panorama from taking lo-fi images with signature analogue effects like soft-focusing and vignettes.

The 28mm lens is ideal for panoramic shots. Simplicity is the name of the game with the Ansco Pix Panorama. The easy to disassemble body also gives room for modifications like lens flipping and removal of the panorama and viewfinder mask.

Usual 24×36 mm shots are reduced to 13×36 mm images with the panorama mask. This in turn leads to film labs to enlarge the images, thus resulting in grainier images. It has also been sold in the market as the Halina Panorama.

Ansco Pix Panorama Technical Specifications:

  • Lens: 28mm
  • Focus: Fixed focus
  • Shutter Speed: 1/125
  • Aperture: f/11
  • Film: 35mm
  • Viewfinder: Direct optic
  • Image size: 13×36 mm with mask and 24×36 mm without mask

Check out these photos from the community taken with the Ansco Pix Panorama:

Credits: marfella, franknappi, bearsark, jackal- & mwa74

All information used in this article were sourced from Camera-Wiki, Scott Johnson, and Diana Camera blog.

written by cheeo on 2014-07-14 in #reviews

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