Nicolas Escalada of the Lomography Gallery Store San Francisco shares his love for the LC-Wide, the 17mm monster update of our beloved Lomo legacy!
I have never been as excited for a camera as the way I felt when the LC-Wide was being released. In the days after it came out, I was constantly searching for reviews and pictures that people took with it. After months of anticipation, I finally got my hands on this 35mm monster.
When the LC-Wide was released, I was living in Japan. Despite it being a school night, I desperately wanted to go to the release party at the Tokyo Gallery Store. Unfortunately, I was that I living in Osaka, which is a few hours away. That didn’t stop me from celebrating because I knew something incredible was going to be released!
I sat in front of my laptop, constantly pressing refresh as the counter on the homepage slowly counted down. All of the hints on the website made me so curious, and it was interesting to read what people predicted it would be. And then, when the counter hit zero and I pressed refresh for the last time… The entire front page was decorated with the amazing image of the LC-Wide! The look and the name alone had me sold. Little did I know, this would be the camera I would be thinking about for the next 6 months.
Fast forward to January 2012 and I was finally able to shoot with the LC-Wide. Just having it in my pocket made me smile. The second I got home, I threw in an xpro roll into the camera and with every click, there was a feeling of pure satisfaction. I’m as in love with this camera now as I was when I first saw it on the front homepage.
What I love the most about the LC-Wide is the lightning fast focusing. Staying true to one of the Ten Golden Rules of Lomography, I truly don’t need to think as I shoot. I see my subject and before I can even process it in my mind, my fingers are fiddling with the focus switch. Since there are only two focusing points, I’m far more likely to get great shots without much effort.
Using a 17mm lens, I really don’t need to shoot with the viewfinder anymore, either! It’s so wide you’ll be surprised how much information you’ll get. In a way, that made me love the camera more because it really became an extension of myself. I trusted what I was capturing with my heart first and foremost, as opposed to how my eyes would later process it. It feels great to shoot from the hip!
I completely agree with eva_eva when she says the LC-A is her best buddy, but the LC-Wide is her perfect lover. I’m always dying in anticipation when waiting for prints to return from the LomoLab… And when I get them back, I’m grinning ear to ear! Lately, this is the only camera I love shooting with!
There’s so much you can accomplish with the LC-Wide. I haven’t gotten a chance to experiment with the square or half frame formats, but the fact that it’s possible with the LC-Wide is brilliant. I can honestly say that this is the perfect camera not just for Lomographers, but for everyone wanting to capture infinite glorious moments.
written by nicolasesc
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