If there is one camera in my arsenal that is sure to get people’s attention, then it is this wide-eyed, metal, steam-punk beauty. Read all about it!
I knew from the get-go I wanted to have a La Sardina all for myself, but there wasn’t really one that stood out to me. Until I saw the Belle Starr edition, that is. The design of this camera (and also its Coyote-sibling) is so beautiful and meticulous. So when Lomography put a very nice discount on them, I couldn’t resist and bought the camera. When it finally arrived I spent a fair amount of time just gazing at its sheer beauty. It is engraved with very detailed artwork and a ram skull Also something I noticed straight away was that the camera feels very sturdy, it doesn’t feel like a toy camera at all.
It’s a very easy-to-use camera (perfect for beginners). It comes with 2 different shutter speeds: Normal (1/100 of a second) and Bulb-mode. They also made focusing very easy for you, by just giving you 2 settings: 0.6m–1m and 1.0m–infinity. By adding a rewind dial and multiple exposure-switch, making double, or even multiple exposures, is easier than ever before. But one of the most stunning features of this camera has to be its magnificent wide-angle lens, which gives you a view of 89 degrees, whereas a normal lens only has a view of between 40 – 62 degrees. This lens gives you the opportunity to catch a lot more in your picture. But remember to pull your lens out when taking a picture, because if you don’t, you’ll only end up with blanks.
As ever, when I get something new, I am freaked out by the tiniest things that something is wrong with my camera. So of course that happened with this camera also. I noticed that when I put pressure on the top right on the back of my camera, it made a fairly loud clicking sound.
So I sent an e-mail to the ever helpful crew of the Lomography Gallery store in Amsterdam. Always very quick in their response, they told me that there was nothing to worry about, as long as it didn’t affect the lighting of my pictures, which it fortunately doesn’t.
Another nice thing about this camera is, that it comes with it’s very own back-story. The Belle Starr edition, along with the Coyote edition, are inspired by the Wild West. Initially, Belle Starr was just a pretty name for a camera to me, but it turns out that Belle Starr was an American outlaw, who was known as the Bandit Queen of the Old West. Of the many crimes she was accused of, she only got convicted for horse theft and eventually died of a gunshot wound.
I like the kind of pictures this camera produces. Nearly all the pictures have a dream-like vibe to them.