Lomography LC-Wide - 35mm Film Camera


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Richard H. (Manchester, GB)
Perfect for: Landscapes, Street Photography, Creative/Abstract, Travel
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Fun!

I've got a love/hate relationship with my "LC" cameras - I already owned an original early 90s and the medium format LC-120. When they're good, they're a joy, but both can be unpredictable and annoying. Even so, I've wanted to try an LC-Wide for a long while. This little review is based on my first impressions having shot and developed one roll.
The wide lens is unique in a compact camera, at least as far as I know. It is really wide! I really enjoy wide-angle lenses and that's what attracted me to this camera in the first place, but this is a wide angle fully loaded with the characteristic lomo aesthetic. Old-school purists will hate it.
The LC-Wide has a couple of fun tricks up it's sleeve. First, it comes with plastic inserts that enable it to be used as a half-frame camera and also a square format (which I can't imagine using). However, if you put the camera in half-frame mode without using the insert, what you get is frames that merge together in potentially interesting ways. Used this way, full and half frame can be mixed on the same roll. And of course, the LC-Wide has a switch to enable multiple exposures. I've made a start exploring these things, and I hope the attached images give some clues about the possibilities.
This is a proper point & shoot camera. The viewfinder bears only a passing resemblance to what will be captured on film so any efforts to carefully frame a subject are likely to be in vain. But this is not a camera for carefully considered images. With its (admittedly quirky) auto-exposure and only two focus zones to think about, this is a quick-fire grab-and-go let's-see-what-we-get shooter that will produce images you couldn't get any other way.
Downsides? Well, the lomo aesthetic won't win prizes with the camera club. And it does seem expensive, though that's hard to judge when there really isn't anything to compare it to. I suppose the closest comparison might be the Reto Wide & Slim, but they really aren't in the same class.
The Lomo LC-Wide feels robust and well-made, at least as well as my original LC-A, now thirty years old. I'm looking forward to some years of point & shoot wide angle fun .

(The attached images were captured on expired Kodak High Definition 200 film, developed at home)

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