Widelux F8 instruction manual

2009.11.16 15:20 from notice



Thank you very much for choosing our "WIDELUX" for your camera. We sincerely wish you success with this camera. It is needless to say that without knowledge of the proper handling procedures of this unique camera, you will not be able to make the best use of its features. You may even cause some damage to the mechanism. Past experience in the handling of other cameras cannot be applied to the "WIDELUX" because of its special design. In order to become acquainted with the camera before using it, please read this instruction booklet completely.


First, remove the camera back by turning the knob on the back of the camera to the "UNLOCK" position. Then pull up on the "FILM REWIND KNOB", untill the film cassette can be inserted into the film chamber. Release the knob, and turn it slightly, to engage the spool in the cassette.

To make the film easier to thread into the camera, curl the tip of the film, as shown in figure A. Thread the film through the rollers and around the film guide, making sure that the sprocket holes in the film are properly engaged by the sprockets of the film advance mechanism. Insert the end of the film into the take-up spool, and turn the "FILM WIND KNOB" until the sprocket holes on both sides of the film have been engaged by the film sprockets.

Continue turning the film winding knob until it stops. Observe the film as it moves through the camera, and make any adjustments in the position of the film at this time. Replace the back on the camera, making sure that the red "UNLOCK" is on the left of the camera; turn the "LOCK KNOB" to the "LOCK" position while gently pressing against the back of the cover. Press the "SHUTTER RELEASE", and Wind the "FILM WIND KNOB" once, to take up any slack in the film, and to bring unexposed film into the film aperture.

Your WIDELUX is now ready to use.

Because the film is loaded in a curve, which permits the super wide angle of view, the film is somewhat harder to transport than normal.

After finishing the roll of film, rewind the film into the cassette by pulling out the "FILM REWIND KNOB" to the first position, and rotating it in the direction of the arrow. The "REWIND BUTTON", on the bottom of the camera, must be depressed during the rewinding operation.

Although film magazines are manufactured to international standards, some custom magazines may not fit properly in the camera. This may cause the film to bind, and may even cause the film to break. We recommend that only standard size film magazines be used in the WIDELUX.

TWO "DON'T"s, and THREE "DO"s


. Release the shutter without setting the shutter control knob exactly on the desired speed.

2. Forget what kind of film is loaded in the camera, and whether it is a long roll (36 exposures in an ordinary camera), or a shot roll (20 exposures in an ordinary camera).


. Position the camera horizontally when taking a normal picture ― the spirit level on the top of the camera should be used to level the camera.

2. Be very careful to keep your fingers out of the picture.
3. Remember the other important items in this instruction booklet.


1. Don't release the shutter without setting the shutter speed control knob exactly on the desired speed because the shutter of the WIDELUX is a unique mechanism. It is similer to the transmission system of an automobile. Just as in an automobile transmission the improper use of the gears can damage the system, so can the improper use of the shutter speed control knob damage the shutter mechanism.

To change shutter speed, it is not necessary to lift the control knob; simply turn it to the desired setting. If the knob does not turn easily, do not force it, but turn it in the opposite direction slightly, then try to turn it back. When the camera is new, this may happen often, but never use force to turn the knob, as this will damage the shutter mechanism.

2. Don't forget what kind of film is loaded in the camera, because, with your WIDELUX, you can obtain only 21 pictures on a standard long roll, and only 11 on a short roll. DO NOT TRY TO GET MORE THAN THAT, or the film may break, and it will be impossible to rewind the film and unload the camera. If the film does break, the camera may be unloaded in a darkroom or changing bag. CHECK THE AUTOMATIC FILM COUNTER BEFORE TAKING EACH PICTURE.


. Position the camera horizontally when taking a normal picture, because the WIDELUX uses a rotating lens system to obtain the amazing super wide angle pictures.

One characteristic of the system is that if the camera is pointing up, horizontal lines will appear concave, while if the camera is pointing down, horizontal lines will appear convex. This effect is demonstrated to some extent by the image in the viewfinder. To obtain straight horizontal lines, place your eye as close as possible to the viewfinder, and line up a horizontal line within the viewfinder frame. This technique is easily mastered after only a few trials. The picture in the viewfinder is actually only 90% of the picture recorded on the film; things barely seen in the viewfinder will be recorded on the film clearly.

2. Be very careful to keep your fingers out of the picture. The field of view is 55˚ vertical and 140˚ horizontal by diagonal measurement which means that new users often include the image of their finger tips in the picture. On the top of the lens housing, there are two arrows, set 140˚ apart. When making hand-held shots, be sure that your fingers do not intrude into the area outlined by the arrows. If you are making vertical shots, you may find that your feet show in the negative, as well as your fingers.

3. Remember the other important items in this booklet. Your photographs may display a peculiar perspective distortion inherent in this camera, which makes horizontal parallel lines appear to curve away from each other at the edges of the picture. This is not a defect in the lens, but the natural property of images as the distance to the object increases.

Although the range of shutter speeds may seem limited, in practice, the three speeds of 1/15, 1/125 and 1/250 will cover just about every situation.

We have explained rather meticulously the items and procedures to be remembered in using your WIDELUX. Such detail may lead you to belive that it is complicated to operate, and requires special techniques. Although the WIDELUX is a complex piece of machinery, it is really quite simple to operate. The special techniques are only to insure that you receive the maximum benefit from the special features of the WIDELUX.

The WIDELUX is a unique new camera in its design, performance, and mechanical operation.

We are sure that you will find the best use of the WIDELUX after mastering these instructions. We sincerely wish to improve the camera, and to give the best service to you.

We wish you good luck in your photography with the WIDELUX.