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.
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.
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!