Ansco Pix Panorama



Ansco Pix Panorama
Originally uploaded by SqueakyMarmot.

Lately I have been spending less time gazing at digital cameras and the resulting pictures and instead have been more interested in the analog counterparts. In my hours of browsing through flickr, I continuously notice that a lot of people are creating beautiful images with toy cameras. Last night, I remembered that several years ago, I was given the camera pictured here. It’s an Ansco Pix Panorama. It’s 100% plastic and is completely fixed — fixed focal length, fixed focus, fixed shutter speed, fixed aperture. There is no way to make any sort of adjustment other than the placement of the camera.

Here are the specs:

  • 28mm lens
  • fixed focus
  • 1/125
  • f/11
  • 35mm film
  • 13x36mm panorama mask

This camera was new when I received it, and I think I have only run one roll of film through it since. I just wasn’t that interested in it when I received it. Things are different today. I’m hoping to grab a roll of film on the way home from work today to try it out.

Some Ansco Pix Panorama photos on flickr:


February 11, 2009
Posted in Photography — Scott Johnson @ 2:29 pm
  • Howard Giordano

    Scott – Today, while cleaning out a closet, I came upon this camera, Ansco Pix Panorama. I forgot I had it. I bought it back in the early 1990′s. Got some wonderful shots with it, but then it fell into disuse and was stashed away. Do you know if film for this format is still available, as well as processing for it? If not, does the camera have any value for a collector? Would appreciate hearing from you.

    Thanks,

    Howard

  • http://scottj.info/ Scott Johnson

    This camera uses standard 35mm film. Film and processing are available at most drugstores, Walmart, Costco, etc. Simple plastic cameras like this have recently become more popular along with a recent surge in the popularity of photography in general. I have seen prices on several similar models inflating rather rapidly in recent years, but the Pix Panorama seems to have been mostly immune to the price increases so far. I believe I have seen these listed for sale for about $10 in recent months.

    Since I have rediscovered my Pix Panorama, I have really been enjoying it. While its lens isn’t complex and is only made of plastic, I find that it takes fairly decent pictures. Also, you can reach inside the camera and pull the panoramic mask out if you want to use it for full-frame 35mm shots.

    You can see some shots I have taken with my Pix Panorama here.

  • Aaron Williams

    This camera uses standard 35mm film. Film and processing are available at most drugstores, Walmart, Costco, etc. Simple plastic cameras like this have recently become more popular along with a recent surge in the popularity of photography in general. I have seen prices on several similar models inflating rather rapidly in recent years, but the Pix Panorama seems to have been mostly immune to the price increases so far. I believe I have seen these listed for sale for about $10 in recent months.

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