Taiyokoki Viscawide-16 ST-D
The Viscawide is an unusual, brick-shaped 16mm panoramic camera from the
early 1960's with a 120 degree angle of view. The camera is just under 5"
wide, just over 2" deep and just under 2 " tall -- one on the largest subminis.
And it's pretty heavy, too! There were at least two, nearly identical, models
made. The first model had speeds of H (High), S (Slow), and OFF, while the
second model had speeds of H, and S only. H on both models is 1/300, while
S is 1/60. McKeown reports that the image size is 10x46mm. Spy Camera lists
the image size as 10x52mm. The image size on the model I examined is definitely
10x49mm. Where these other authors got there measurements from is unknown.
Perhaps they took somebody's word for it, or perhaps the model II had a different
format size, and perhaps there is a model III, as well. Two special cassettes
are required, but the camera can use 16mm film with any type of perforations.
The camera unfortunately does not have a tripod socket or cable release which
would make enlargements from panoramic negatives more feasible. But the bottom
of the camera is flat so that the camera can be easily used on any flat surface
for stability. All models have a 25mm (f3.5 - 16.0) rotating, but non-focusing
lens. Persumably, the lens on all models is set to allow infinity focusing,
even when opened up all the way to f3.5. Filters were available and are of
the slip-on type. They are about 15mm in diameter. Ten exposure were produced
on each roll of film. The camera had a pop-up, wire-frame sports-finder on
the top for composition. For information about reloading these cassettes,
proceed to the DARKROOM section of
Here's a shot taken with a Viscawide:
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