View Full Version : Panorama -- Pankopta

11-25-2010, 02:49 AM
Although it is not a modification nor home made, just lens based amateur panoramic camera. But I just could not resist to share such a beauty here, perhaps for inspiration...?

Made in Czechoslovakia in mid-1960s, lens 4.5/105 mm, format 60x240 mm (3 frames on 120 film), shutter times 1/20 and 1/100 s.

Question is, how did they enlarge the negatives... Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/pankopta_3386.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/pankopta_3386.jpg)

11-25-2010, 07:52 AM
I would love to see the guts of it. Is there a slit behind the lens that just exposes a vertical strip as the lens turret rotates?

I love the built in level and the viewfinder. Lots of good pinhole design ideas here. Has anyone built a rotating pinhole turret? I don't think that I have ever seen one.

The rotation would have to be very slow . . .

11-25-2010, 08:57 AM
The rotation would have to be very slow . . .

Which leads me to an idea of using kitchen timer (or similar clockwork) as the driving mechanism... :-)

As for the internals, I am unable to tell anything (just got the image, not the actual camera), but I cannot imagine anything but a vertical slit rotating with the lens, very close to the film...

11-25-2010, 09:20 AM
I have found more pictures of the lovely design here:

11-25-2010, 10:26 AM
That's quite the camera and based on the auction quite valuable! Don't think I'd do much hacking to see how it works.....

11-25-2010, 05:47 PM
You would have to have an 8x10 enlarger, with a glass negative carrier to enlarge the negatives. This is a cool camera. Where did you find this beast?

11-26-2010, 02:17 AM
This is a cool camera. Where did you find this beast?

A friend of mine, a professional photographer who is keen on old cameras sent me the image and description... As I have already written, I do not own this camera, just the picture :-)

11-29-2010, 02:58 AM
Great camera,

For Earl: http://cameramaker.se/panoramamaking.htm
a homemade rotating camera

11-29-2010, 06:15 AM
Thanks, Shane - that's pretty cool.

11-29-2010, 10:06 AM
That pano camera is cool!