Widelux Buying Guide

The Widelux 35mm models are FI, FV, F6, F7, and F8. The FV was first made in the 1950′s, and both the FV and F6 are the typical black-on-chrome of the earlier period. The more recent F7 and F8 are both black.

I’ve seen the F7 sell significantly more expensive than its older chrome siblings – even in worse condition. This is puzzling, because the design is virtually identical and the parts are the same. The natural tendency is to buy newer goods, but in the case of Widelux, this isn’t really necessary.

Here’s a listing of the differences between the models. Keep in mind that the actual shutter speeds may not be what’s listed on the selector knob!

The newer helical gearing in the F8 was supposed to fix the vertical banding problems that some users have reported. But the current pricing on F8′s seems to be 40% ~ 70% higher than F7′s, while the only difference is the re-designed turret gear.

All:

  • All-metal construction
  • Coated 28mm 4 elem / 3 grp f2.8 lens
  • 3 speeds
  • Fixed-focus (apx 8 meters)

FI:

  • 1950′s
  • Black on chrome
  • Flash shoe (why?)
  • 1/5, 1/50, 1/200
  • f2.8 ~ f22
  • Straight-toothed gearing

FV:

  • Late 1950′s
  • Changed to f2.8 ~ f11

F6:

  • 1960′s
  • Changed flash shoe to bubble level
  • Changed to 1/10, 1/100, 1/250

F7:

  • 1970′s / 80′s
  • Changed to all-black body
  • Changed to 1/15, 1/125, 1/250

F8:

  • 1980′s
  • Changed to helical-toothed gearing