When I first saw the Belair X 6-12 on Lomography Website , it reminded me of Polaroid SX and 70 and LC-A+ Silver Lake. And I just realized that I am falling in love with its design and classic look.
Yes, the new camera is officially called Belair X 6-12 and there are 3 editions , which are Belair X 6-12 City Slicker, Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter and Belair X 6-12 Globetrotter
Now, let’s take a look at its specifications. The camera is a medium format or known as 120 Camera because it uses 120 films. The Belair X 6-12 enables users to take pictures in 3 different formats: regular 6×9 photos, 6×6 squares or 6×12 panoramas. Ohhh…I can’t wait to get it. (actually, I have thought about buying panoramic camera.)
And with the 90mm lens and 58mm as complimentary that come with the camera, what should I wait for? Yes, I ordered the "Belair x 6-12 that night and received it couple days after.
Okay, now it’s time to test our new camera, I woke up the camera by putting 2 of LR44 battery. Then, test the shutter first if it’s working fine or not. The camera features an automatic shutter system same as Lomo LC-A+. The aperture resides next to the lens and the ISO button starting from 50-1600. Also, the shutter B can be set up through ISO button which makes it so convenient.
For the lens, focus distance is also similar to Lomo LC-A+ ; 1m, 1.5m, 3m and infinity respectively. Focus are f/8 , which is good for low-light environment and need shallow depth of field . And f/16 , which is good for more-light environment and need deep depth of field.
Now, let’ load a film roll into Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter together!
I choose 6×12 format and use Lomo Redscale XR 50-200
I set ISO at 50 ( But actually it’s ok to set ISO at 100 or 200 since the shutter system works automatically according to ISO you selected.)
After a film roll is loaded , turn the advancing lever anti-clockwise to advance the film until you reach the first frame of your format chosen. For 6×12 format (6 pictures per roll): Use the lower red frame window, stop at frame number 2; Count even frame numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12) in the window as you shoot and advance. You can also take double exposure but don’t forget to adjust ISO before do it.
I just mixed up with Holga WPC and wind a film in the wrong way. Luckily, my photos came out in a perfect full-frame pictures.
For the lens , I choose 58 mm because I like wide and panoramic photo. Now let’s see the result!
As you can see, all pictures are so clear and sharp even at the corner of the photos (size 6×12) . I really love the result and will write a review for the other 2 formats ; 6×6 and 6×9 with 90 mm Lens next time.
There is some small point which could be improved. I think the film winder is too small and it’s quite hard for me to wind the films. It should be a little bit bigger , just like Diana’s or Sprocket Rocket’s !