I am a big fan of wide angle photography and when I heard about the LC-Wide having a 17mm lens my heart started beating faster while my mind got sceptical. Some people may find the LC-Wide a bit expensive, but try to find a 17mm lens for that price for your SLR. They just don’t make cheap full frame wide angles. The second problem with wide angle lenses is their size. When I go a day to the beach I don’t dare to take, and I don’t wanna carry around a Nikkor 14-24. Just look at the size of it, don’t think at the price.
So a 17mm that fits your pocket really excited me. I knew it couldn’t ever match up with a pro lens but I expected at least the same quality as my LC-a. So I had to buy one. Then I realised I already got a wide angle lomo, La Sardina which has a 22mm lens. For those of you not familiar with wide angles: 17mm and 22mm is a huge difference (whereas 80mm and 85mm is not). So I decided to shoot a roll with both, always twice the same shot from the same place.
First some technical info. The LC-Wide has an exposure meter that controls the diaphragm and shutter speed. La sardina has fixed f/8 and 1/100s setting (next to a bulb setting of course). Both have two focus settings: very close and all the rest.
Now some pics.
As you can see the LC-Wide is much wider, way much wider. I am not going back with my Nikkor to check it. But I have my doubts on La Sardina being 22mm. Looks more 24mm or even a bit more. Anyway thats wide too. You see more lens distortion on La Sardina, but who cares? It’s Lomo.
These two pics illustrate my feeling that La Sardina isn’t that wide, or the LC is even wider. I was very close to the Volkswagen. Here you see the advantage of the exposure meter. Belgium has very unpredictable and variable weather. I started oud with sunny weather and came home soaked wet by pouring rain. I had put an iso 200 roll on both cams. These pics are taken before the rain started to fall. The LC-wide compensates where La Sardina gives underexposed pics.
On the last two pics I just wanna tell something about the viewfinder. The viewfinder of the LC-Wide doesn’t show you the total range of its wide angle. On the pic below taken withe the LC-Wide I didn’t see the bottom off the cathedral, nor the car. The opposite goes for La Sardina, I tend to put the viewer very close to my eye and the viewer shows much more than there is later on your frame.So if you wanna have some mild angle and cheap Lomo fun: go for La Sardina. If you wanna have a pocket sized Ultra-Wide 17mm: do not hesitate and get that LC-Wide. By the way it’s a challenge to shoot that thing. Ultra-Wide shots aren’t easy to make, but Ultra-Wide Lomo’s are even more challenging to make.
written by gauthierdumonde on 2012-06-29