For about a month or two now I've been using the La Sardina 8Ball, and when used with the Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO it delivers beautiful pictures. So for now, this is my perfect combination!
The sleek, black *La Sardina 8Ball* is a simple camera with fixed aperture and shutter speed (f8 and 1/100, respectively). This means that your only way to influence the exposure is by the choice of film. Since you obviously will not have the same lighting conditions during the process of shooting the whole roll, it is wise to choose a color negative or a black and white film because these have a greater exposure latitude than slide film – unless you are going for some experiments, of course!
The camera manual states that a film speed of ISO 400 is recommended, and that seems a good advice especially in our intermittent climate. For very sunny conditions, such as during the summer in the Mediterranean, ISO 100 or 200 might be sufficient. There are not many slide films with a sensitivity of ISO 400; they are quite pricey, too. The Fujichrome Provia 400X is the only one that is still available, and that costs about €12-14 per roll.
So then an ISO 400 color negative film is a good choice, and the one from Lomography does not disappoint here at all. And with a price of €10 for three rolls, you are doing just fine. In cloudy weather or under shade, the film still delivers good pictures. With the sun around, the colors look beautiful without a lot of overexposure occurring.
It’s only when used at dusk or indoors that you’ll encounter the limitations of this combination, but then you can of course hook the Fritz the Blitz flash to it. I bought the Fritz the Blitz 2.0 version because the 8Ball comes without a flash. Alternately, you can switch to the B-mode for a longer exposure time. But if you still want sharp pictures, you have to put the camera on a solid surface such as a table or a tripod. And of course, your subject should not move, either!
If you’re looking for a not so expensive Lomo camera, the La Sardina is a fine choice: it’s a solid camera with plenty of creative options through multiple and long exposures, and overlapping photos. Because of the wide-angle 22mm lens, you can capture wide scenes like tall buildings in a city or you can also get close to your subject. And combined with the Lomography Color Negative 400 film, you are ready for (almost) all circumstances!