The cirkut camera is a rotating panoramic camera made in various sizes between 1906 and the 1940's. There were six basic sizes made, although one might find a few oddball prototypes around as well.

#5 cirkut camera

#6 cirkut camera

#6 cirkut outfit camera, which could also shoot 5x7 images . The #6 outfit shot 6.5" wide rolls, but the manufacturers probably didn't want to call it a #6.5 outfit

#8 cirkut outfit camera, which could also shoot 6.5 x 8.5 images

#10 cirkut camera

My #10 is a 1914 fan camera - Some photos here.

#16 cirkut camera

The camera # indicated film width: The #10 camera shot 10" wide film, etc. The #6 outfit shot 6.5" wide rolls, but the manufacturers probably didn't want to call it a #6.5 outfit.

The above camera is a #10 fan cirkut camera from around 1914, along with some framed contact prints, custom stainless trays, and a 8" by 6 foot roll of film in my left hand.The camera will shoot up to a 10" high spool of film. With the 24" artar I have on the camera, a 360 degree shot would be about 12 feet long.

The above camera is a #16 cirkut camera, also from around 1914. The cost of one of

these cameras new was almost $600.00. They only made about 100 of them between

1906 and 1940.

With the longest lense, a 360 degree shot will be almost 20 feet long (by 16" high)

I'm only set up to shoot up to ten foot long negs. using cirkuts today requires being handy

at making stuff, or finding someone that is. I got this camera on ebay, but it was originally

owned by the Anaconda Copper Mining Company in Montana. It didn't have the tripod legs,

gearhead, Lense, or various other parts, and needed a lot of work.. The biggest job was

getting someone to cut the 20" diameter 600 tooth 32 pitch gearhead.

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