Spaceview - the Panorama Fossil

2012-12-18 2

It really looks prehistoric: a flat briquet, massive casing cover and bottom, and archaic handling. Rewind Feature is unknown! Nevertheless, fascinating just by its appearance!

Official label of this little wonder is, also known as “Spiratone” or only “Panorama” when it was launched in the 60s, FT-2, or kyrillic ФТ-2.

With the size of 12 × 8,8 × 4,9 cm it rather complies with a 35mm viewfinder camera . To feed it with normal 35mm film it is equipped with super flat canisters.

the yellow tags almost show the shooting angle

Downside of the reduced dimensions: The extra canister must be loaded with film by yourself. The rest is pretty simple: for each exposure you must turn he knob for three times until the hand is on the next frame number (1 – 12). aperture five is predefined, exposure times are adjusted by directional Change of two little levers (a small board with the legend is kindly attached nearby: 1/100, 1/200 oder 1/400s). Then cock the shutter, the Little Trigger is really easy to release. Additional features: tripod socket underneath and a nice orange bubble level on top.

Credits: frauspatzi & mapix

Tis intrument was produced by KMZ (who also made the Horizon ) in Krasnogorsk and equipped with an Industar 22 Objektiv (50mm f/5).
Compared with the Horizon the lens is a little slower (5 to 2,8) and without wide-angle (50 zu 28), but with a similar brilliant sharp output! The shutter release is much more quiet, comparable with an old phone with rotary dialer. Both panoramics weigh about 700gr, with no great difference. In practice the FT-2 surprisingly rests very comfortably in your hands! No fingers in the left or right image corners like with the Horizon from time to time.

Don’t hesitate to scarf up on this if it crosses your way!

written by mapix on 2012-12-18 #gear #russian-panorama-camera-ft-2-2-industar-22-kmz #review
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2 Comments

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Super!

  2. alex34
    alex34 ·

    Fantastic sample shots, really amazing sharpness and colour. Designed I believe by Tokarev, an arms designer who was also a personal friend of Stalin. The panorama shot was useful for military parades! Aside from the cartridges that you load yourself, it looks to be smaller and handier than the later Horizon Perfekt. Nice review, many thanks.

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