This is my report regarding the test rolls of my Lomography Belair X 6-12 Globetrotter.
I would like to make this report short but truly sweet. I’m going to be honest, I think I haven’t full used the camera, but I have already tried the three formats it can do and I can assure you that I will give the best I can to tell account the ultimate Belair experience. In fact I have done 5 rolls with it and so far everything was A-awesome! To make thing easier, I divided my report in 3 parts according to the formats I used.
The Fair and Square 6×6 format
For the very first flight of my camera, I decided to use the fair and square 6×6 format. I loaded it with a roll of Fuji Astia 100, and bought the camera to a beautiful province in the south, Batangas that is! Actually I was there to do some work, but we arrived there early so I had the time to shoot a few frames. It was a bit awkward at first, nothing too magical, and I wasn’t really expecting that much about my first roll, not until I got the roll from the lab, and man, I was in bliss. Check out the shots!
The Oh so Fine 6×9 format
For my second roll, I decided to be a little more rad, I used an 11 years expired Kodak E100VS roll. How lucky of me that I was scheduled to go to the far south of the country, to the Beautiful city of Davao. With that I took it as an opportunity to use the Belair the way it was supposed to, that is documenting ones travels. Again I didn’t expect much, primarily because I shoot some frames with overcast lighting condition and I felt the shutter clicked a little slower, I expected my shots to be blurred, but no, no, no, it came out just fine! Here are some sample shots.
The Dynamic and Panoramic 6×12 format
For my 3rd and 4th roll, I decided to use the dynamic and panoramic 6×12 format. With the 58mm super wide lens, everything was truly wide as the open sea. I decided to shoot the 3rd roll on a bay walk in Davao. The sun risen beautifully that morning, and it was at its brightest the whole day, so I thought my shots will get overexposed because its fastest shutter speed is 1/125 only, but again this camera exceeded my expectation. Everything came out just right. Here are my 6×12 shots including those on my 4th roll:
This is a camera that will truly exceed your expectation, you just have to trust it. With the it being very light, you won’t have too much trouble when bringing the thing into your adventures. It did stayed loyal to its name, “globetrotter” because this is a one amazing camera for globetrotters! Also the newly released belair glass lens sounds exciting, for those who want extra sharpness I recommend you to try those. But what I really do hope that lomography came up with in this camera is an instant back for Pack Films, now doesn’t that sound ultimately exciting?