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Lomography Belair X 6-12: A Camera That Can Do Almost Everything (Part 2)

The Lomography Belair X 6-12 is more than just a medium format camera. It is lightweight, compact, and capable of shooting photos in three different sizes: 6x12, 6x9, and 6x6. Equipped with a high quality interchangeable lens system and and automatic exposure, it can give you beautiful shots in every roll. It can also take three different film formats: 120mm, 35mm, and instant. Read on to find out all about this fantastic camera.

Another advantage that makes the Lomography Belair X 6-12 interesting and versatile is the possibility to use three different film formats, thanks to the different backs – in addition to the back for the 120mm sold along with the camera, you can also use the 35mm back or instant back for use with the Fuji Instax Wide film.

Using the backs is very simple. Just open the back cover, remove the spool for the 120 and the mask, and attach the back that you’d want to use.

In using the 35mm back, all you have to do is insert the film into the spool and turn the wheel until it stops. Now you can take your photos! To advance the film, you would need to click on the little button that keeps track of our shots first before advancing.

Here you can see some shots taken with the 35mm back attached to the Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter

The pictures that came out were very long and more like those taken with the Sprocket Rocket. The quality is very good and you have to always pay attention to what is framed in the viewfinder to not get effects like these:

One little trick to not getting photos like these is to put two strips of tape above and below the viewfinder. This way, we obtain a portion in the center and see how the final photos would look like!

Aside from these, there’s also the instant back which uses the commonplace Fuji Instax Wide. It produces excellent snapshots.

Mounting the instant back onto the Belair is very simple. Just remove the attached back and replace with the instant back. Insert the cartridge before closing the door.

To use it, it is necessary to insert a filter between the lens and the camera body so as to obtain an image as sharp and perfect as possible. The supplied ones are to be used in accordance to the brightness of the scene. The ISO must always be set based on this, too.

Exposing the photos is manually done so you can get double exposures.

To eject the photo you need to make three moves. The first is to pull the handle on the right side of the back up then down; this way, the film is hooked. Start turning the crank on the left side so the film protrudes from the back. Wait a few minutes and enjoy your instant shots!

As you can see the photos are not exposed fully; in fact, there are two black stripes above and below. This is because the area that occupies the sensitive part of the film is slightly greater than the area of exposure of the Belair.

If you like experimenting with photography and would like to have a panoramic camera that can use three different types of films, the Lomography Belair X 6-12 is right for you!

written by simonesavo and translated by simonesavo

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The original version of this article is written in: Italiano.