The first thing that greeted me at the Suvarnabhumi Airport was a billboard for Siam International Bank which said "First happens everday." So appropriate for my first trip to Thailand and my first time shooting with the LC-Wide!
After liking tons of breathtaking photos shot with the Lomo LC-Wide, I knew it was high time that I try it out myself. The 17mm wide angle Minigon lens seemed perfect for travel and, luckily, I was able to get my hands on an LC-Wide right in time for my short vacation to Bangkok with family.
I know, I know, I have to stop testing cameras and films during trips and risking crap rolls, but the LC-Wide performed great! Being a film fiend, I only had analogue cameras with me on the trip. I had the LC-Wide, my Olympus mju II, and Diana Mini Leopard for back-up, plus rolls of fresh Kodak ProImage 100 and my last two rolls of the legendary Kodak Ektachrome slide film.
I was saving the rare and discontinued slide rolls for some tourist attractions in Bangkok so I fed the LC-Wide a color negative roll first for testing. First off, maybe because the unit was new-ish, there was a bit of resistance with the film advance wheel. My thumbs were starting to redden from the winding and we were still in the Philippines!
That’s a price I don’t mind paying though as this camera is ace! The glass lens produces sharp and defined images, as long as you keep yourself steady. There are only two focus settings to choose from, which I’ve mentally noted as “near” and “far” for subjects an arm’s length away and beyond, respectively. There’s an option to shoot in squares and half-frames but I decided to keep it on full-frame for the trip.
Despite its manual settings, it’s very easy to get used to, as you will notice in the improvement of my photos as the trip goes along. Since I had my Diana Mini, I thought I’d try the Diana+ Flash on the LC-Wide. It fit right into the hot shoe and worked like a charm! (Just remember that the flash goes off after the second shutter curtain goes up.)
The feature I was really excited to use was the Multiple Exposure switch. I just thought of all the potential MX shots, what with Thailand’s ornate art and lavish temples, and was happy with how easy it is to do. Just take your first shot, don’t advance, flip the MX switch at the bottom, and take your next shot!
Some results didn’t turn out as I expected, but the ones that did were so nice! I really like it when a pattern is overlaid on a frame so I kept an eye out for intricate details like murals, temple doors, etc. Also, since there’s no self-timer on the camera, my cousin and I tried this MX technique so we’d both be in one frame. Not so successful but I like it nonetheless.
There’s actually no real need for a self-timer (unless you have a distaste for self-shots) because the LC-Wide is so wide that—as long as you position it right—you, your travel buddies and a bit of scenery in the background can fit in one full frame!
I decided to use up my last two rolls of expired Kodak Ektachrome during our day at Wat Pho and I am so pleased with how the photos turned out! I haven’t been a user of slide film until recently and I love the results when cross processed. Load some up on the LC-Wide and it’s a match made in analogue heaven!
The LC-W’s near/far focus settings are almost fool-proof and I say almost because there’s still a 50/50 chance you’ll get it wrong. But it’s still not so bad because the worst thing that can happen is that your photo becomes blurry or out-of-focus in this subtle tilt-shift effect way.
The LC-Wide is sooooooooooooo wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide that I managed to get the humongous Giant Reclining Buddha in its entirety! But don’t take my word for it. Every photo I’ve seen of the colossal Buddha makes it look much smaller than it is in real life. It’s something you must see in person because it is truly larger than life.
Speaking of things and real life, this might as well be a review for Kodak Ektachrome slide film because, look at how it renders that golden Buddha! I’ve never seen a photo that highlights the color gold as it really is: shiny, chromatic, luxurious. You can just imagine my joy when I got this cross-processed roll back from the lab. I give props to the LC-Wide’s optics for enhancing Ektachrome’s inherent awesomeness. The colors are vivid, the details are clear, the vignetting is there… A lomographer’s dream!
Just like that Buddha, this camera is golden. Golden because it’s a treasure to have on your camera shelf and golden because it costs a pretty penny. But for a camera of this caliber—remarkable glass lens, packed with features, compact, easy to use, and produces amazing results—it’s all worth it! I have a tome of beautiful photos from my trip to Bangkok and it’s all because of the lovely, legendary LC-Wide. (And the equally lovely and legendary Kodak Ektachrome Elite II 100 film!)
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The Lomo LC-Wide boasts the newly-developed 17mm Minigon Ultra-Wide Angle lens. This 35mm camera wonder is the perfect companion for your photo expeditions. It produces eye-catching splashes of colour with astonishing saturation and contrasts with the added versatility of 3 different formats. Open up to a new photographic experience with the LC-Wide, available in our Shop.