Originally Posted by Jim Watts
My Horizon shot was taken in Peru, near Puno. Its on one of the Floating (reed) Islands made by the Uros people who live on these man made islands on Lake Titicaca. The idea was to try to show the people the houses and the Lake in one shot.
The S3 (I have now checked it out) like the 202 has two drum speeds and then the shutter speeds are set by varing the size of the slit in the drum (a bit like a focal plane shutter). The higher drum speed gives shutter speeds of 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, & 1/250 plus 1/500 on the high speed examples examples. Lower drum speed gives 1 sec, 1/2 , 1/4 , 1/8 . There is no problem hand holding at any of the the faster drum speed settings and this is the way I mainly use the camera (Peru shot 1/250@f16), but of course sharpness can always be improved by using a tripod. I find that with the lower drum speed I can if I am careful hand hold the 1/8 sec speed and even have gotten away with 1/4 sec. The rotating drum may even show some advantage here over say the focal plane shutter in a Leica because the film is still seeing a slit where at these speeds in a normal focal plane shutter the whole of the film is exposed in one go with one blind following the other. A tripod is definately recommended for consistant best results with the slow drum speed settings though. To get maximum depth of field (I tend to like my panoramics sharp from front to back) with the fixed focus lens it needs to be well stopped down and this means unless the light is good or you are using fast film you can soon be on to the slower drum speed.
My early 202 is at a disadvantage here as there is no 1/30 sec and you then drop to 1/8 on the slower drum speed. My partner has a modified 202 which has 1/30 on the higher & 1/15 on the lower, which increases the hand holding speeds possible. The S3Pro & the 202s seem to have the 1/30 but not 1/15 which is a pity.
When hand holding as I stated before I don't use the handle and personally think I can hold the camera steadier that way and the camera is not so obvious in the hand when shooting candids. My partner prefers to use the handle and she gets good resultsthis way, so each to his own.
The S3 (I have now checked it out) like the 202 has two drum speeds and then the shutter speeds are set by varing the size of the slit in the drum (a bit like a focal plane shutter). The higher drum speed gives shutter speeds of 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, & 1/250 plus 1/500 on the high speed examples examples. Lower drum speed gives 1 sec, 1/2 , 1/4 , 1/8
pls revise these shutter speeds: there are only four possible per rotation-speed..
the mai problem with having 1/30 or not is this:
when shooting indoors with people one must have a slow exposure time but rotation must be quick. Thats why 1/30 of horizont(old) and S3pro is absolute MUST have beside changing film to lens-distance to get better DOF. see my other long thread about dymo-tape or closeuplenses.
s3pro still has the problem if inferior lens/good 202-lens replaced. at f16 it shows diffraction. images not sharp when enlarged bit(30x loupe will prove it.) only compare 8, 11 with 16 of both 202 and s3pro. no need for perfect scanner. pbase-proofs i had given are gone.