I've had my La Sardina camera for a couple of months now...and despite my initial reservations, I think that I've grown to like it.
On first looks, this camera, the La Sardina, confused me. It is undeniably pretty, in fact I didn’t even want to remove it from its packaging, it looks so good but once it was out of the box I found it so awkward. Even though I knew it was a plastic camera, it seemed different from the others I have — more rubbery somehow and less graceful in its movements. I didn’t realize you had to pull the lens out and twist it to be ready to shoot and this action in particular felt extremely clunky. I just left mine out in the end which is probably not the right thing to do but oh well. Then winding the film back on I managed to catch my knuckle on the edge of the ‘can’ and cut out a chunk of skin (please tell me someone else has done this as well, was I doing it wrong?)
My initial and still biggest issue with the La Sardina is the shutter — honestly — the shutter on this camera sounds pathetic, it is so tiny that I wasn’t even sure it was working at first. With how it looks I was expecting a thunderous clud, perhaps even a sharp twang, but all you get is a little click. I don’t know if it is just me, but a camera pleasing to the ear is just as important as pleasing to the eye. So after using my first roll, I wasn’t expecting much as I wasn’t blown away by the photo taking experience…
However, I will hold my hand up and say that you shouldn’t judge a camera (or a book) by its cover (or its shutter sound) as I was incredibly pleased and pleasantly surprised with the results from this camera. I was expecting the results to be similar to the Superheadz Ultra Wide and Slim, yet these photos have quite a different quality to them. I think the lens is a little wider and I like how the edges are fuzzy in comparison to the middle and I think if the day had been sunnier (it was nicer when we left the house or I’d have used a higher ISO film definitely) then the color would have been much more vivid.
After a couple of months of owning this camera, I feel very similar to how I felt about my Diana Mini at first and I think that like my Diana Mini, this camera is going to require perseverance and experiments with films and techniques until I can completely say that I love it… However, I don’t think that is a bad thing at all. Each camera is unique and learning the quirks is part of the Lomography fun in my eyes and I am looking forward to experimenting with those further and seeing what else this little camera can do!
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