La Sardina: Hot or Not?


When it was released, there was a huge hype for this camera. But is it really worth all the attention?

When the La Sardina was released, I instantly knew that I had to have it. I fell in love with all four designs and really, the hardest part was picking a favorite. Eventually I decided to go for the Sea Pride, but I still had to wait a few weeks and save up some money.

Finally it got shipped right to my front door and oh! what an amazing job on the packaging! Seriously, this has got to be the most handsome box any photographic equipment has been packed up in. Along with the camera and the lens cap came a very nice poster and the La Sardina book. I must say that just like the box, the book is designed in such a loving way that you just have to love it back.

Credits: cornborn

So what about the camera? First film I popped in was an Agfa Vista 200 and I just went for a random walk around town. Three days later I went to pick up the prints and I am definitely satisfied with the results.
The plastic lens yields for vivid colors and a sharpness that’s just dreamy enough. My prints came back with a somewhat yellow tinge, but I’m not sure whether that’s due to the camera or the film or the lab.

Credits: cornborn

Here are some of the Sardina’s pros and cons.


  • fairly cheap camera! Yay!
  • amazing 22mm wide angle!
  • all plastic fantastic, which makes for light weight
  • neat designs!
  • great job on packaging and the included book
  • easy to use


  • soft plastic that scratches easily (that’s it for the cons!)
Credits: cornborn

So, if you’re wondering if the La Sardina is worth getting, I’d say look at the pictures, look at the price tag and hesitate no more! Personally, I can’t wait to literally "set sails with the La Sardina“ this summer when I take her on a trip on a tall ship!

Get ready to sail the high seas with our new La Sardina collection! These 35mm cameras are equipped with spectacular wide-angle lens, multiple exposure capabilities, and a rewind dial—everything you need for fun-filled and thrill-soaked escapades. Get your own La Sardina camera now!

written by cornborn on 2011-08-01 in #reviews #22mm #lomography #35mm #requested #la-sardina #toy-camera #wide-angle #user-review


  1. aroninvt
    aroninvt ·

    I too have been longing for a la Sardina, I just used up my piggy's and ordered one! I can't wait to partake in wide angle goodness! Beautiful photos by the way, for some reason I can't stop looking at the one of the mail in the doorway, very candid. Keep up the good work!

  2. veato
    veato ·

    I love the viewfinder on the Sardina. I honestly thought given its size it would be difficult to look through and was amazed when I saw a bright, clean and wide view through it.

  3. tenczys
    tenczys ·

    The Camera is a blast ! I have a Sea Pride too. I have found two issues using this camera. The viewfinder is a little bit "up" calibrated and sometimes when I'm rewind the film it gets stuck and want rewind unless I open back cover ( in a dark of course ;) )and help to push the film by my self. Over all I like this camera a lot ! Can't wait for the Fritz the Blitz sold separately.

  4. stevelomo
    stevelomo ·

    The sardina is my first lomo camera and its been great! Had so much fun with it and am really happy with my photographs! The design is great too! :)

  5. aroninvt
    aroninvt ·

    Dear Tenczys, I'm fairly certain that the Fritz the Blitz flash is currently available in the shop, there is also an adapter so it can be used with other cameras as well! Check it out in the shop under "accessories"!

  6. tenczys
    tenczys ·

    Wow! Thanks! I didn't noticed before. I will get it right away !

  7. aroninvt
    aroninvt ·

    I just got my La Sardina in the mail! Now that's some fast service! I almost spontaneously combusted when I opened the box, Lomography have outdone themselves with this camera, seriously beautiful packaging, I'm keeping the box and putting it on my shelf! And the camera is actually much better made than I would have expected, the inside of mine is very well made and sealed. So far I have yet to load any film, I'm still looking over it and getting used to how it feels, but I shall load it up tomorrow and take it for a test run. Can't wait!

  8. domo-guy
    domo-guy ·

    I have the El Captain Sardina. I love its design but i think my shutter is not working so well as there were a few exposures left blank and i have to hit the bottom part of the Captain a few times before the flash could be used in time with the shutter. And i hate it when the flash turns on by itself and wastes energy if there are too many things in my bag. But what the heck. I love my Sardina :)

  9. colethewalrus
    colethewalrus ·

    just got mine 4 days ago and finished a roll. i took it in to get developed today and when i got it back, i only got 8 out of my 24 exposures. i noticed that all the pictures i got were taken outside and all the pictures that didnt come out were inside. i was even using ISO 400 film. so i was a little disappointed about not getting too many pictures. however, the pictures i did get were awesome. so i have come to this conclusion:

    1. Stick to using the camera outside if you want all of your pictures
    2. very quality camera (and fun to use!)
    3. Cheap for a lomo (definitely a plus)
    4. Stop reading the reviews and buy this camera now

  10. aroninvt
    aroninvt ·

    Dear colethewalrus, were you using the flash with the shots indoors? I just got mine and am waiting for my first roll to come back! Unfortunately, I accidently loaded 200 iso film, so I don't think too many of my indoor shots are going to come out, but I shall find out tomorrow!

  11. colethewalrus
    colethewalrus ·

    well, i got the marathon (probably should have said that in my first post) and that didn't come with a flash. i do plan on getting it separately sometime in the future though. but now that i look back on my pictures, i do realize that a 1/100 shutter speed and a f/8 aperture doesn't exactly make the brightest pictures indoors. what one did you order? im thinking that ISO 200 with no flash might yield even worse results than mine.

  12. aroninvt
    aroninvt ·

    I got the fischers fritze with the flash, I did use the flash on all the indoor shots, I used 200iso film, but with the flash I hope all is not lost. Unfortunately, I can't find higher iso films where I live, I can only get 100,200 and 400 iso. I would like some 800 for night time stuff, as using "bulb" setting just isn't working out for me.

  13. colethewalrus
    colethewalrus ·

    oh well that sounds better. at least there will be some fill light. dont know your situation, but amazon has a 5 pack of 36 exposure professional film for reasonable prices (im looking at kodak, but im sure there are other options)

  14. pheebs
    pheebs ·

    @domo-guy , if you still need help send an email to, especially about the flash issue!

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