In this post, I detailed steps to create a reversed lens in the cheap Ansco Pix Panorama camera. Well, I’ve finally finished my first roll and now have the scans back. I believe that I used some Agfa Color-Plus 200 ISO film. Please click on each image to make it larger and clearer on your screen. Here are the results:
You can see how the reversed lens has created a tilt-shift like effect in the above photo. The centre is blurred, but is surrounded by a distinct ring of sharpness. This sharpness changes to significant stretching and blurring at the edges of the frame. The right subject looks very dreamy with this lens configuration.
Cloudy skies and sunsets take on a particularly dreamy character. Long clouds stretch and blur to the edges of the frame and shadows push away from their natural boundaries. The above image is one of my favourite photos from the roll.
The Pix Panorama isn’t a true panoramic camera. The film chamber contains a removable plastic mask that simply cuts the light hitting the emulsion and creates a pseudo panoramic image. I don’t mind the effect, but I think I’ll remove it for my next roll, just to see the character throughout the full 35mm frame.
Even in a reversed position, the images from this plastic lens are quite decent. Lens flipping the Pix Panorama creates the sort of dreamy character normally associated with plastic cult cameras like the Diana. I’m keen to explore more images of this nature, and will be experimenting with techniques such as freelensing, home-made lenses, and projector lenses in the near future.