In this instructable, we will turn a Vivitar PN2011 from a boring point and shoot toy camera into a high speed, low drag, Teflon coated, maintenance free imaging device! Specifically, I’ll attempt to demonstrate the addition of these features:
1. Multiple Exposures
2. Bulb mode
3. Swing in filter
4. Pinhole redscale capability (Bicam)
You can do any one of these modifications or all of them if you wish. Additionally, you can still use the camera as designed if the situation does not call for a “special” mode.
The PN2011 came to us out of the great panorama craze of the 1990’s. Vivitar, always ready to make a quick buck designed a nice two toned point and shoot with the capability to shoot panoramic photos….well not quite panoramic. The pano mode was just a mechanism to crop the top and bottom of a regular film frame to get a long and thin image. The switch that crops the film also crops your viewfinder which is a nice touch. It has no flash, so it is an outdoor shooter only.
The shutter speed is 1/250 of a second (again, good for the outdoors). The plastic lens is 28mm at a fixed f8. Nice and wide for those panoramic, but not as wide as the much coveted Vivitar Ultrawide and Slim at 22mm. One thing this camera does have is a tripod socket…normally unheard of in this class of toy camera. The socket is essential when using the modifications outlined in this instructable and one of the reasons I picked this camera. The camera operation is about what you would expect from any toy camera and the internal mechanisms seem well designed and robust. No batteries to run out and nothing to set except the pano or not switch. Overall, a solid if limited camera.
The PN2011 does not have the cult following of the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim even though the PN2011 is, in my opinion, higher quality (I have both). At least you can get the camera back open easily with the PN2011. It is probably a good thing that these cameras are not as popular as you can pick one of these up for chump change at your local thrift store.