Monday, June 25, 2018

Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim...again and again, I just like the little things...

So here I sit going through files and files of photos on my computer and realize that the Vivitar Wide and Slim is probably my most used camera along with various pinholes, Holgas, and of course my much loved disposables.

It's a simple little plastic box, with a single speed shutter and an uber wide 22mm lens. No controls, just point, compose, click, and you are done.
I like that! The photo above was made from the passenger seat.
Many of my shots are done this way because I like the feeling of the road passing by and making occasional snaps when I get the urge. 

Here's another snap made at a recent car show. For such a small piece of plastic wonder, the camera has a relatively sharp lens.

Another shot made from the passenger seat. This was one of those days I wished I'd loaded color, but black and white is my habit, and since I use home-brew caffenol to develop my films, it's likely to remain my first choice. 

Occasionally I get a shot that kind of makes me shake my head because it looks like it might have been made with a better camera than a simple box with a single speed shutter and no aperture control lens.

I could go on and on and load pages of photos made with the little Vivitar, but you get the idea. It's easy to love a camera that  needs no batteries and is ready at a moments notice to hit the road!


  1. I haven't shot much b&w in my vuws, but your results certainly inspire trying that option. It would be interesting to track down the designers of the ultra wide. I have always thought they deserve a lot more credit than they usually get. I've shot about fifty rolls in mine over the past ten years and it still works perfectly. Unlike most simple cameras with single-element meniscus lenses, the little Vivitar has a lens with two meniscus elements arranged symmetrically on either side of the shutter/aperture. That is a wide-angle design which dates back to the mid-nineteenth Century which minimizes distortion, coma, and chromatic aberration.

  2. It is a small wonder of a camera and I think it's just a modern spin on a very old design as you mention.
    I like to think of it as a "less is more" kind of thing.
    It also suits me that it's a perfect camera for this hot summer and doesn't require a lot of accessories to just pop in a pocket and hit the road.