This will make up your mind on buying one of these magnificent cameras.
This up here is the Lomography Fisheye No.2, priced at approximately 70 euros.
I will be reviewing this fantastic innovating camera for you, and in the end you will be able to decide if this is the camera for you.
I have been using Digital SLRs for about 4 years now, and recently decided to try Film Photography. I went on to do so with an old Zenit, but I wasn’t pleased. There were too many settings, and too many options to take care of before shooting a picture, and in the end, maybe 10 of the 36 exposures would look right.
A friend of mine has a Diana F+ and I though, let’s buy a film camera, what’s to lose?
I did exactly that. Went to the Lomography Shop and bought a Fisheye Fun Pack, with a Diana F+ camera , Diana+ Fisheye Lens, and a Fisheye No.2.
I was really anxious as the package should have arrived on Monday morning, but it was a Legal holiday, so nobody was working, but I got it on Tuesday morning.
I rushed to open the box and found 3 little sweet packages, with each of the piece of the pack.
I first opened the Fisheye No.2 box and bought a Kodak ColorPlus 35mm film, put it in the camera and started shooting.
This is the first shot taken with the camera, there were no settings to be made, and I figured out fast what’s the deal with the 2 switches on the camera.
The switch on top of it which says " L N B " means:
L- Locked, which means the shutter will be locked, so you won’t shoot by accident while your camera is in your backpack or so.
N – means Normal, which means that it will shoot with a 1/100 exposure time, and a f/8 diaphragm. You will shoot in this mode for the most part of the time.
B – Bulb. This is for long exposures, or easy said, you press it, you hold it, you release it. It will keep the diaphragm open for as much as you keep the shutter button pressed. This is usually used for astrophotography, and night long exposures. It can also be used to burn images.
The second switch on the camera, is the flash switch, which I think I don’t have to explain to you. You turn it on and off.
I almost forgot that there is a third switch.
The third switch, located on the back of the camera, which says MX means Multiple Exposures, you can already see that the camera is very user friendly.
So the multi-exposure button means that practically, you shoot a picture and then press the MX button, and shoot again to obtain a beautiful image burn.
The camera comes with a fisheye viewfinder, a silicon cap together with a hand band , to keep the cap from losing itself, or you loosing it, and the armband for having a reassurance that you won’t drop the camera.
The camera has a 50/50 body. Which means that half of it is made from plastic , and half of it is enccased in a metal. It’s very stylish I might say.
It has an integrated flash also, which can be used in all situations. As the fisheye has a approximately 170 degrees angle, when you fire with the flash, weird shadows will be shown. Thus giving the picture a astonishing look.
You would expect from a film camera that the images won’t be sharp, or that was what I expected, but I was surprised to see that the images are very sharp, and also blurry when I wanted to.
I think one of the things I love most, is the fact that you don’t need to focus anything. I don’t really know how this works, but it does.
You can shoot something at 10 centimeters, or at 3 feet, it will be sharp. In the Fisheye No.2 manual, it says “We dare you to get 10cm close and shoot”.
Well, that’s a challenge I dare you too to try.
The camera is also very lightweight, which is good that you can respect one of the rules of Lomography, always keep your camera on you.
As a basic conclusion:
The Lomography Fisheye No.2 camera, is very user friendly, and also it’s good for anyone who wants a camera which does what a camera should do, shoot photos.
It doesn’t have complicated buttons , settings and assembly. It comes already assembled.
It’s the best fisheye camera you can buy if you’re an expert, beginner, or a passionate of photography.
Try it yourself and submit the photos on Lomography.com!
I hope this helped you understand what’s the deal with the Lomography Fisheye No.2!