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Vivid Little Vivitar UWS

Vivitar made the Ultra Wide and Slim just like we Lomographers like things - cheap, plastic and full of vignetting.

Since I’ve started my lo-fi photography journey I’ve stumbled across many a camera that I’d like to give a test spin. Some are wonderful but out of my price range (the new Blackbird, and sadly the LC-A) and some seem like too much work (Kodak Brownie. I don’t want to re-spool 120 film to use in a 127 sized camera). Then I started hearing about the little wonder that is the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim. I’d heard about the vignetting and vibrant colors but when I found out I could get it for only $10 USD, it had to be mine.

This little cassette-tape sized wonder is completely plastic – lens and all – and it behaves as most plastic cameras do – like a dream. From the eye-popping colors to the insane vignetting that occurs in just about every frame, you’d think this baby was produced right alongside some of our beloved lomo cameras. The 22mm lens gives you an ultra-wide perspective so just like with a Holga, you’re bound to get more than what you see in the viewfinder when you develop your film. It is a 35mm camera with an aperture of f11 and shutter speed of 1/125, which adds up to phenomenal shots in bright light. Again, as with a Holga, the Vivitar UWS will perform best in bright light conditions with 100-400 speed film. I’ve run black & white, color and slide film through my Vivitar with amazing results every time. Another perk? No stinkin’ batteries!

A few tips – make sure the camera strap and your finger are both out of the picture. Remember, this is a super wide angle lens. I thought I read somewhere that you shouldn’t get any closer than about 5 feet from the subject. This just isn’t the case. The Vivi makes far away subjects appear even farther away. A nice effect if that’s what you’re going for but I suggest you get closer. It makes for an kind of fish-eye effect and will really make your subjects appear dramatic.

I have to say that this was the best $10 I’ve spent in a long time.

written by ipdegirl


  1. vicuna


    Yeah, a great nice & cheap cam. I love the effect of the sun rays when taken directly in front of strong light! :))

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  2. superlighter


    great rewiew for this little plastic wonder!
    incredible results for a very affordable camera, plastic fantastic!

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  3. diablitomx


    i want one of those, where do you find it?

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  4. johann_affendy


    love the review! but alas, i stopped using the UWS the day my LC-A arrived.

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  5. magicpocket

    I have one too! Ran a roll through it and the results were cool, but similarly, LC-A is a lot more exciting and versatile, but remember, you can pick up an ultra wide and slim for about 2% of the cost of an LC-A, so such a bargain that anyone, even those only on pocket money, can buy.

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  6. hailkingstewie


    they are dirth cheap on ebay. check there for one.

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  7. bubbledumpster

    You don't have to respool film for most Brownies. Almost all of the models are able to take regular 120 film.
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  8. Thomas

    yeah tis a cool cam, my first rolls didnt come out too great though. nowhere near as much vignette as i'd like. going to try some other films tho, think i lower iso may help. but if your interested in Shooting some Brownie shots its easy as pie to put some 35mm in there. http://www.flickr.com/photos/26670860@N08/sets/72157623817213653/ i know you said it sounds like too much work but honestly it took me about 20 mins and it was totally worth it http://www.instructables.com/id/Use-your-box-camera-with-35mm-film/
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  9. robotmonkey1996


    Sick camera. The Lab gave it to me for free! I love the vignetting. even though it has a tiny aperture and fast shutter speed, it works great on cloudy and foggy days.

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  10. kodakbrownies

    I have two of these. They're so cool!
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  11. alexkon


    What can you say about the clones of this camera? Superheadz Wide Lens Camera much worse than the original?

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