The Fellsphoto Classic 6x6 Gallery

Cinerama style multi-camera panoramic

Agfa Isolette II - three-quarter view   cross-section diagram of the Agfa Apotar lens
using four Agfa Isolette II's each with 85mm f4.5 Apotar lens and 8 speed Prontor-S shutters

 

 

   
  New Forest watering hole   Hartsop Dodd from Cow Bridge

 

 

     
  Ullswater ~ view north from Glenridding    

 

thumbnail: link: Wasdale Head panorama

Wastwater and Wasdale Head

 

 

The cameras are fired using two Olympus double cable releases - one in each hand. The camera was devised as a response to the need for all the frames in a stitched panorama to be taken simultaneously otherwise any moving elements of the scene, in particular clouds and, even more problematic, their associated shadows on the ground, were difficult and often impossible to repair in Photoshop.

This 'camera' was built as a result of experience using a single camera in the hills (see Solida II page) where it was found that, in the time taken to remove the camera from the tripod, wind-on the film, cock the shutter and replace the camera on the tripod, clouds and their shadows would move relatively large distances across a scene - many hundreds of metres on a windy day.

The inspiration came from the triple-camera Cinerama system of the 1950's.

 

One unexpected problem has been that the right hand camera (which shoots the left image) has a Prontor-SV shutter which doesn't have a cable release socket on the shutter itself. Instead, as can be seen above, the release has to use the normal body release. This has meant that the shutter does not always fire in concert with the other three. This appears to be due to resistance in the linkage. Replacement with the earlier model '-S' type shutter to match the other three would be the best solution.

 

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