First Few Months with the LC-Wide

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My first few months with the LC-Wide lead me to believe I will consider this to be one of my favorite cameras.

I always wanted to get a Lomo LC-A, but while I was saving up for one, Lomography went ahead and unleashed a wide angle version of the beast. Being a wide angle lush, I quickly knew that the LC-Wide was going to be the camera for me.

When first holding the camera, I noted the construction of it. It was a lot smaller than I was expecting, which is a good thing, and it felt pretty sturdy. I played with every button and switch I could find on the camera just so I could get a feel for how well built everything felt. It’s a pretty solid device. I didn’t have any fear of it breaking after taking it out for one day of shooting. I will note that while I was on my third roll of film, the shutter got stuck; however, after mashing on the shutter release a few times it fixed itself. Since then I have had no problems.

Now, the build of a camera is only part of the experience. Most of the fun is discovered in the quality of the pictures it can take. Here are my observations:

This lens is sharp.

Lines are defined. Colors look great.

What they say is true: Get as close as you can to your subject. I find close-ups with the Minigon lens set on the close focal range setting provide amazing sharp subjects that stand out from everything else in the rest of the frame.

That doesn’t mean wide landscapes don’t look great either. The wide lens breathes even more life into any landscape shot, keeping the whole image sharply in view.

The camera even performs well on cloudy days. I find that colors still pop and saturation is still wildly expressed when film is cross processed even on days when the sun just doesn’t want to cooperate.

I have only started to scratch the surface of the possibilities present with the LC-Wide. I still have yet to experiment with multiple exposures and the half frame format that is possible. On my first roll of film I shot, I tested out some shots with the half frame advance switch set on. Although I wasn’t happy with the results I got, I can still see the possibilities from experimenting and playing around with it.

With much to still learn and experience with this camera, my initial first few months and first rolls of film used lead me to believe that this is only the beginning of a beautiful relationship. I can’t wait to see what “happy accidents” result from a few more rolls of film used in my LC-Wide.

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.

written by pzzzenguin on 2011-09-15 #gear #xpro #review #first #trial #multiple-exposure #lens #user-review #lc-wide #shutter #lomography

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Lomo LC-Wide

Lomo LC-Wide

Capture your life in wide angle with the world's widest 35mm compact camera with a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.

5 Comments

  1. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    the more i read about the LC-W the more i want it! >.<

  2. davzoku
    davzoku ·

    That is how I feel too! Just wondering, how do you use a spiltzer on it? I thought it doesn't fit.

  3. kingt4
    kingt4 ·

    Thanks, I just got one and looking forward to the different formats.

  4. yopanic
    yopanic ·

    @davzoku that's not the spiltzer: you have to shoot with the HF advancing, without putting the HF mask into the camera... ;) and then you scan, cropping pics as you like...

  5. davzoku
    davzoku ·

    @yopanic I see, I realise i got the same effect as well! I forgot to set mine to FF the last time, and I thought i messed up. In fact, some turned out pretty good.

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