We’ve all got a little extra time at the moment so I thought I’d share a few images that I’ve shot recently with a Widelux 6B. I originally bought the camera in October 2019 of a famous auction website. The one that rhymes with Fleabay. Big mistake. The seller listed it as working perfectly. “No problems mate, it’s been recently serviced etc.”
When it arrived, it had a pretty obvious fault. Now, most of you probably don’t care about how a swing lens camera works, so I’m not going to go into the details of the issue, but suffice to say that it was a fatal error and the camera wouldn’t work. You know when you pause while you’re doing something really important and then you forget what you were doing? Pretty much, the camera equivalent of that.
The seller was, and I’m going to be as polite as possible here, a money grabbing chimp. No chance of a refund.
I sent the camera of for repair. Four times. Each time it came back with either the same fault, or a new one. It was starting to look like it was cursed.
To cut a long story short, the 5th time was the charm. It came back working.
If you’re not familiar with the Widelux cameras, they are odd beasts. They create a wide angle image by the lens swinging through about 120 degrees. Basically, what I’ve shot here is just a couple of rolls to test it and make sure that it’s working. If you want to see some better examples of its use, check out the website of the Actor, Jeff Bridges (The Dude), who’s been using one for years.
Everything here is either shot on Kodak TMax 400 or Fuji Superia 400 and home developed & scanned.
Have a good weekend people & stay well.