The Big Lebowski is making a new film camera (yes, really)

Jeff Bridges demonstrates his Widelux camera on Jimmy Kimmel Live
(Image credit: ABC • Jimmy Kimmel Live)

No, it's not a joke. It's funny, but it's definitely not a joke: The Dude himself is making a new panoramic film camera. 

Jeff Bridges – star of cult classics The Big Lebowski and Tron, Robert Downey Jr's nemesis in the original Iron Man, and part of the movie disaster that nearly broke Hollywood, Heaven's Gate – is a devotee of the Widelux. And now he is helping to produce a brand new panoramic film camera to resurrect the format.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.