Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable cameras reloaded with Tri-X film.
I started shooting with the Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable cameras in 1992. Over the years, I have purchased over a dozen of them. In time, and after hundreds of rolls of film run through them they do eventually crap out (shutter freezes). Since Kodak no longer makes these gems, I have been trying to find a plastic camera to take its place when the last one stops working.
Eximus Wide & Slim
I have found that modifying a Superheadz Black Slim Devil, and the Eximus Wide & Slim (same camera with a different name on it). with the mask, or panoramic insert from one of the dead Kodak cameras makes for an almost perfect replacement for the Kodak disposable.
A Superheadz Black Slim Devil before modification.
A dremel rotary tool is used to take off the innermost parts of the mask from the old Kodak disposable, then I use super glue to make it stay put (the fit is near perfect), then using some thick enamel paint I touch up the edges to stop any stray light leaks.
The results are remarkably similar to the Kodak disposable.
The Kodak has a 25mm f=12 lens that is sharper in the center and softer at the edges than the Superheads Black Slim Devil’s 22mm f=8 lens.
I have also used an Ansco Pix Panoramic plastic camera, this isn’t a bad panoramic camera, a little softer and not as soft at the edges than the Kodak or the Superheadz. It uses the same removable panoramic insert that is in the Kodak. It has a 28mm f=8 lens.