Hey Canada – The Belairs have finally made the long journey across the ocean to our country! Community members gelagoo and deepfried_goodness were THE very first to place their orders and get their hands on this beautiful camera. Check out their first impressions, including an unboxing vid!
It’s always great to hear from our community members, and *gelagoo* has lots to tell us about the new Belair X 6-12, including this unboxing video, showing you exactly what’s in each Belair X 6-12 package:
Here were some of her thoughts:
Ergonomics-wise, I think this is a light camera despite of its size. I own a Polaroid Land, and the Belair echoes its design. I haven’t got the chance to hold them together and actually weigh them, but I am guessing that the Belair feels lighter. It feels good to the hands, which is always a good thing for me as I have small hands. The camera is also well-designed and something that you don’t see around that much in a market that is saturated with camera phones and digital cameras.
The viewfinder is a huge plus for gelagoo:
It is big and clear, just the way I needed it to be. I have bad eyesight, and I say it again, a clear, bright viewfinder is a must for me.
Thinking of using the Belair this winter?
Winter has already descended in Canada, so this Belair is one of the few units who will be experiencing winter up North! I am pretty sure my usage and experience will vary from the other Belair users, however I think this will help me come up with tips and tricks in shooting this camera in low temperatures.
Community member *deepfried_goodness* was also super stoked about receiving his Belair X 6-12 after waiting over a month:
I really like the size and weight of it. It feels nice and solid. Not Zenit SLR solid (those things are almost bullet-proof and can be used as weapons), but more substantial than the lighter plastic cameras like the Diana and Holga. It’s also a good size, though holding it properly takes a little getting used. I have a feeling that it’s a camera best used when it’s nice and bright outside which will minimize the amount of time the sensor keeps the shutter open.
The Jetsetter has been a popular choice:
I chose the Jetsetter edition since I tend to like the feel and weight of metal cameras over plastic. I feel the finish and leather will age quite nicely and metal tends to be a bit more robust than plastic. And I love the bellows. How retro cool is that? If you don’t like curious people coming up to you and asking “What is that?”, this isn’t the camera for you. If you don’t mind that or even enjoy that sort of attention, you’ll love the Belair.
Overall I believe Lomography has a winner on their hands with the Belairs. It’s got show-stopper looks, the most shooting formats in a single camera, many ISO speeds to choose from and the ability to change lenses like SLRs and higher end cameras. There is nothing else I can think of that has all of these features for this price and still be so easily available new. It’s a great camera, but has the potential to be even better.
Thanks for the great input, Lomographers!
Photos courtesy of gelagoo
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