Something smells fishy and it's not seafood! Check out my analogue "catch" of the day in the first installment of my "First Impressions" reviews series.
My preferred film format is 35mm, but with Lomography’s fresh new camera and emulsion offerings, I’ve decided to try my hand at shooting 110 film. I had a Fisheye Baby 110 Metal, put a cartridge of black & white Orca 100 ISO 110 film in it, and here are the results from my fishy friends.
First of all, the Fisheye Baby 110 Metal is adorable. Almost like a keychain, it’s a joy to bring along everywhere and anywhere. The minuscule metallic subcompact sparked curiosity wherever I went and people always wanted to take a look at it, hold it, and look through it. “Yes, it’s a real camera!” I repeatedly asserted when they asked. It’s almost as small as the matchbox pinhole I made (which I was able to sneak into a Cirque du Soleil show) so I think the Fisheye Baby 110 is actually a cute spy camera!
Its 170-degree lens, coupled with Lomography B&W Orca 100 film, really gives a different perspective. When I got the negatives back from development and saw the photos, I thought they really looked like they were taken by a fish out of water, but in a good way! I almost felt like an animal myself, snooping and snapping around town, and I think the “warped” and “colorblind” images reflect that. I also like the quirky look when you include the 110 cartridge frame in scanning. The tiny Orca drawing and film branding adds character to the prints, so I decided to keep them instead of crop them.
My only concern was that, though you could attach one, a flash totally dwarfs the mini cam so handling could become cumbersome if you’re planning on doing flash photography. I wanted to keep shooting with it as a subcompact so I decided to forego the flash. Unfortunately, some photos turned out pretty dark but otherwise, I’m pleased with my first experience with 110!
I’d like to try it again, maybe using Lomography Peacock 110 X-Pro slide film next time, and I’ll let you know how it goes. Stay tuned for the next camera and film review from my First Impressions series!
See more photos in the album 110 + 120
We’re bringing 110 photography back to life with a bang! The Fisheye Baby 110 Metal is packed with fabulous features such as 170-degree lens and multiple and long exposure capabilities. This fully-working miniature version of the Fisheye No. 2 also features a PC flash adaptor so you can light up your shots! Pair it with our 110 format films available in the Online Shop!