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Well, the Lomography people have released their newest camera, the Lomo LC-Wide. I have mixed feelings about this! On the one hand I think that it would be a fun camera to have. I mean, it does have quite a few interesting features. It takes 35 mm film but has inserts that let you take a square format picture (24 x 24 mm), or a half frame (17 x 24 mm).

That sounds fun in theory but there are a few problems. I have a holga camera that my uncle gave me as a gift a few years ago. Its a great way to go out just enjoy taking pictures. The results I have gotten from my holga have sometime been not so great and other times been terrific. I tried cross processing just a little while ago and love it! But with a camera like the LC-Wide, since it takes 35 mm film, having a square picture or a half frame would mean that the size of the results you get are much smaller than the pictures I get using 120 film with my holga. A few years ago I used to own an original Olympus PEN half frame camera. It was metal and had a solid construction. You put a role of 36 pictures into a half frame camera and get 72 pictures from it. But the results are of a lower quality that then will have trouble being printed into larger photos.

LC-WIDE

The ability to take really wide landscape type pictures is something that does appeal to me. It is said to have a ” ultra-wide-angle 17 mm Minigon glass lens”.  Thats pretty cool, but…the above concerns I just mentioned about using square and half frame pictures on 35 mm film, when combined with the price, mean that I most likely will not be getting this very soon. Now would I like my family to get a clue and give this to me as a gift? Oh hell yes! Would I pay $389 dollars for it myself? Um..not right now. (Not on a teachers salary!)

You can decide for yourself by looking here: http://www.lomography.com/

A bagillion other web sites have the technical specks but just for the heck of it:

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Exposure area: 36 x 24mm, 24x 24mm (square format), 17 x 24mm (half frame format)

Film Type: Standard 135 roll film

Lens focal length: 17 mm

Maximum aperture: 1:4.5

Angle of view: 103 degrees, 89 degrees (square format) 81 degrees (half frame format)

Focusing range: 0.4m – infinity

Maximum shutter speed: 1/500

Minimum shutter speed: Unlimited

Auto exposure mode: Programmatic

Exposure range: Unlimited ~ EV18

Multiple exposure: Manual shutter cocking with independent MX switch

Film sensitivity supports (ASA/ISO): 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

Flash: X-type synchronization hot-shoe

Tripod socket thread: Standard 1⁄4″ tripod socket

Cable release: Universal cable release socket

Overall dimensions: 108 x 68 x 44.5mm

Weight: 220g (film and battery not included)

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