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Vivitar PN2011 - Panoramic Plastic

Panoramas with a plastic lens? Read on to find out more about this Vivitar camera!

Don’t let the diminutive price tag, plastic body and lens fool you. At 10 dollars at most, this unassuming star takes fairly sharp images of panoramas you want to capture with its focus free capability just wind it up and let the light do the rest . What I enjoy most about this camera is the ability to switch from normal mode to panoramic mode with just a flick of a switch. What this means to me is that I can do regular and panoramic shots all in the same roll. When at the “P” mode a mask covers the top and bottom area of the lens as well as the view finder giving you an idea on how you can compose your shot if you’re into that sort of thing still. There’s also a tripod socket underneath for those steady shots. It takes all sorts of 35mm film and does wonders for red scaled shots. The built is quite solid I must say for a cheapo plastic cam the aperture and shutter speed are set to f/8 and 1/125.The lens is pretty sharp too.

Tips:

  • It does awesome with red scaled film
  • You can convert it into a pinhole camera with half an hour worth of tinkering
  • Double exposures are great for this camera too.
  • Use the panoramic shots to pimp your Lomohome.

written by halfawakehaiku

13 comments

  1. kylethefrench

    kylethefrench

    this is one of my fav cams and it is underused ... I sent in a review too! I hope people see these galleries and understand the genius of this here cam... oh also you can modify it to take long exposures and multi-exposures!

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  2. ethermoon

    ethermoon

    nice review james! I haven't got and tried this camera --- but now i will do. :D

    almost 6 years ago · report as spam
  3. eyecon

    eyecon

    What the f*** is going on in pic # 13?

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  4. thaiseb

    thaiseb

    So bad ! I ordered it on eBay last month and it was stolen at the post…

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  5. halfawakehaiku

    halfawakehaiku

    @ eyecon- that's what we do to rapists here. we burn them in the public square...

    Kidding :) That's a high diver who lights himself up and summersaults into a tank of water.

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  6. stouf

    stouf

    Thanks for that review ! Funny camera !

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  7. mattcharnock

    mattcharnock

    nice gallery! i am intrigued by the lady bed spacer! cool review to

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  8. halfawakehaiku

    halfawakehaiku

    As always, thank you for the kind words :)

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  9. dirklancer

    dirklancer

    I called about the Lady Bedspacer - it was taken ;)
    Nice review, nice camera! Vivitar has a few hidden gems.

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  10. halfawakehaiku

    halfawakehaiku

    hahahaha! for real?

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  11. Putankaat

    Putankaat

    I got this camera at a second hand store today, cool to find it here to. Price? 10sek (About 1 Euro)

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  12. shoujoai

    shoujoai

    I bought a camera that looks exactly the same but seems to be from another company (PN 919) for 1,50€ at the flea market. Will try it soon!

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  13. bear1973

    bear1973

    Thanks for posting this review.I just got this camera while I was on holidays in the states. I paid about 50 cents for it. I also found this link for hacking it for multiple and long exposures which I thought I would share with you and anyone else that reads your article. Heres the link: http://www.instructa(…)tar-PN2011/

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