Hey all, just got my new (to me) Chinon Bellami in the mail!!!! Gaze upon its tiny glory :)
Woohoo! It’s always a good day when I get a new camera, and today was no exception. My Chinon Bellami “Barn-door” camera just came in and I am amazed. It is even smaller than I had thought it would be; roughly the size of an LC-A when the Bellami doesn’t have its special flash mounted.
This little wonder is a travel-Lomographer’s dream. It is about the size of most cell-phones, it’s lens retracts in to the body of the camera, and, drum-roll please… it has a light meter too!!!! That means that it is an all-around great camera.
It is completely auto-exposure so all you have to do is open the barn-doors, wind it and focus. The focus is due to the relatively large 2.8f lens. The shutter is also electronically controlled and can go from 1/8 to 1/1000.
I did a little test to check the camera’s light meter against my trusty old Minolta X-370. I panned the room with the Bellami and saw where the little red “Slow Shutter” warning light went on (signalling a shutter speed under 1/60). Then I set my Minolta to 2.8f and ran the same pattern and voila! it hit under 1/60 at the same point.
Hooray, I didn’t get a clunker. lol
So stay tuned because I can’t wait to run some film through this little devil.
See ya next time,