First Impressions: Lomography Fisheye Baby + Orca B&W 110

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Something smells fishy and it's not seafood! Check out my analogue "catch" of the day in the first installment of my "First Impressions" reviews series.

The 35mm Fisheye No. 2 next to its 110 format mini-me, the Fisheye Baby 110 Metal

My preferred film format is 35mm, but with Lomography’s fresh new camera and emulsion offerings, I’ve decided to try my hand at shooting 110 film. I had a Fisheye Baby 110 Metal, put a cartridge of black & white Orca 100 ISO 110 film in it, and here are the results from my fishy friends.

Credits: denisesanjose

First of all, the Fisheye Baby 110 Metal is adorable. Almost like a keychain, it’s a joy to bring along everywhere and anywhere. The minuscule metallic subcompact sparked curiosity wherever I went and people always wanted to take a look at it, hold it, and look through it. “Yes, it’s a real camera!” I repeatedly asserted when they asked. It’s almost as small as the matchbox pinhole I made (which I was able to sneak into a Cirque du Soleil show) so I think the Fisheye Baby 110 is actually a cute spy camera!

Credits: denisesanjose

Its 170-degree lens, coupled with Lomography B&W Orca 100 film, really gives a different perspective. When I got the negatives back from development and saw the photos, I thought they really looked like they were taken by a fish out of water, but in a good way! I almost felt like an animal myself, snooping and snapping around town, and I think the “warped” and “colorblind” images reflect that. I also like the quirky look when you include the 110 cartridge frame in scanning. The tiny Orca drawing and film branding adds character to the prints, so I decided to keep them instead of crop them.

Credits: denisesanjose

My only concern was that, though you could attach one, a flash totally dwarfs the mini cam so handling could become cumbersome if you’re planning on doing flash photography. I wanted to keep shooting with it as a subcompact so I decided to forego the flash. Unfortunately, some photos turned out pretty dark but otherwise, I’m pleased with my first experience with 110!

Credits: denisesanjose

I’d like to try it again, maybe using Lomography Peacock 110 X-Pro slide film next time, and I’ll let you know how it goes. Stay tuned for the next camera and film review from my *First Impressions* series!

See more photos in the album 110 + 120

The Orca 110 cartridge on the left, next to 35mm and 120 film spools.

We’re bringing 110 photography back to life with a bang! The Fisheye Baby 110 Metal is packed with fabulous features such as 170-degree lens and multiple and long exposure capabilities. This fully-working miniature version of the Fisheye No. 2 also features a PC flash adaptor so you can light up your shots! Pair it with our 110 format films available in the Online Shop!

written by denisesanjose on 2013-03-06 in #reviews

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