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My Day Was Interrupted By The Belair

I arrived at my office the morning of November 28 to find a package waiting for me: my eagerly anticipated and earlier than promised new Belair X 6-12 Globetrotter. My day was going to be a good one!

I am not going to go into the details about this camera, as I am sure that you have seen the promos and the reviews and everything by now. As always, the packaging is interesting and full of surprises.
No, I want to tell you about the pure joy of shooting with the Belair. For anyone who has not made the plunge into 120mm medium format photography, I would highly recommend that you give it a try. You will be amazed at just how great the larger negatives look, scan and print. Now, take a minute to think what a double sized 120 negative would look like. Welcome to the world of Belair!

My first foray was lunchtime that same day with a roll of Lomography Redscale XR 50-200, the 6×12 mask and no batteries as I didn’t have time to find any. No problem, the Belair has a manual 1/125 shutter speed without batteries. I wasn’t disappointed as you can see by the streets scenes around my office.

Not willing to stop there, I picked up batteries on the way home and shot a roll of Ilford HP5 using the light meter. I visited a few of my favourite Sunshine Coast haunts. Of course, I switched between the 58mm and 90mm lenses depending on the scene.

Next up time for the 6×9 mask with a roll of Lomography Colour Negative 400. I love being able to decide which format I want to shoot at the same time as I pick a film. I shot the whole roll on my trip back to the city.

I can’t stop now, I have to see what the Belair’s 6×6 looks like. I have another roll of Ilford HP5 in my camera bag and Granville Island to visit. The day was grey and gloomy, but the Belair came through.

I am looking forward to a long and happy affair with my Belair. I opted for the limited edition Globetrotter as I loved the very cool retro snakeskin look and I certainly was not disappointed when it arrived and looked even better than on the computer screen. I must tell you that one of the big selling points for me was three formats (6 × 6, 6×9 and 6×12) with one camera and the fact that it came with the two lenses for a wider (58mm) or a closer (90mm) view.

Is it the perfect camera? Does such a creature exist? Probably not, but it is a very good camera for anyone who wants the quality of 120 and the versatility of three formats. I can’t wait to start uploading my albums!

written by troch

5 comments

  1. grazie

    grazie

    great article @troch ! Can't wait to play with mine .

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  2. twinklecat

    twinklecat

    Gorgeous and fancy! I just dipped a toe into medium format (loaded some Earl Grey into my brand-spankin' new Diana), and I'm kind of nervous! I'm going to take a running start as soon as the sun comes out. Did you scan the negs yourself, or did your lab leave the black border around your photos? I like that effect.

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  3. tunnybird

    tunnybird

    Nice interruption to your day! Thanks for the insights. I am waiting very impatiently for my Jetsetter to arrive. Great pics!

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  4. buckshot

    buckshot

    Wow, you got such great results in such a short time! Impressive stuff, troch - hats off!

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  5. stouf

    stouf

    Beautiful !

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