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Walking Around Milan with the Bel-Air

Walking around Milan, in the middle of all the holiday shopping, with a beautiful Bel-Air and a pair of Lomography Lady Grey 400 film rolls.

Last month, the staff at the Lomography Gallery Store Milan gave me the opportunity to try the beautiful Bel-Air.

Let begin with some words about Milan: it is the second-largest city in Italy with a population of 1.4 million, and it is the capital of Lombardy. It is also famous in the fashion industry, as several firms based in the city are known worldwide.

The most important monuments are the Cathedral, the Napoleonic Arch of Peace, the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with its giant and wonderful fresco The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci. And when you head on to the Lomography Gallery Store, you can see the beautiful Castle Sforzesco and the wonderful Simplon Park

On a beautiful sunny day, in a wonderful holiday spirit, I walked with this camera from the store to the traditional “O Bej O Bej” flea market in Castle Square, ending my stroll in Piazza Duomo (Cathedral Square). Obviously, on a cold December day, I first bought some nice roasted chestnuts!

Photo by sirio174

The first impression is associated with the size of the machine. It is certainly not small, and you need a little practice to hold the camera to successfully avoid blur. The selection of diaphragms (F8 or F16) allows you to take photos with sufficient time, enough to avoid blurred images. In my case, I used the maximum aperture opening while I was taking photos in shadows and F16 in sunny conditions.

Photo by sirio174

The “O Bej O Bej” fair was really crowded, so I used the 90mm lens for isolating subjects that interested me, avoiding the introduction of disturbing elements in the images, as always happens using a super wide-angle lens.

After I have taken some photos at the flea market, I changed the lens, trying the 58mm wide-angle lens while I walked directed to Piazza Duomo.

Photo by sirio174

I must say that Bel-Air is truly a nice gift to put under the Christmas tree!

Photo by sirio174

Returning from Piazza Duomo to the Lomography shop, I found along the avenue that leads to Piazza Castello, a pleasant street artist who carves flowers from vegetables (zucchini, cucumber). The curiosity was so great that people looked amused and with admiration.

The Bel-Air has also attracted the attention of many people! As soon as I arrived near the scenes the wall crowd opened as if by magic! So I was able to take some photos undisturbed! Someone said, “Look how beautiful is this strange photo camera!”

Satisfied with my first impression of the Bel-Air, I went back to the Lomography shop, devoting the last photo to the Austrian creativity, who invented this beautiful camera!

The last picture was taken opening the aperture at F8 to blur the foreground, and to focus on the eagle of the flag in the background. This eagle also appears on the Arms of the Austrian Nation!

Photo by sirio174

This camera lacks a single accessory: an adapter for a cable release, essential to take sharp pictures in B pose or with slow times, when the camera is mounted on a tripod.

written by sirio174 and translated by sirio174


  1. ed-walker-5059


    Thanks for such a good little article. I am getting used to my Bel-Air and agree with your comment about a cable release as this will really help. : )

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  2. neanderthalis


    Perhaps they will offer a model with the glass lens as standard instead of plastic in the future too.

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The original version of this article is written in: Italiano. It is also available in: Deutsch.