If you’ve pre-ordered your Belair X 6-12, we’re sure you can’t wait to get it in your hands and start shooting with it! To help make those first few rolls turn out as amazing as they can be, we’ve put together 5 tips to bear in mind when shooting with your Belair.
All about Film Sensitivity (ISO/ASA) and Auto Exposure Range
The Belair X 6-12 is an auto-exposure camera. This means that just like with the Lomo LC-A, you will need to set the correct film sensitivity so that photos turn out neither dark, nor overexposed. Whilst the Lomo LC-A shutter closes only once there is enough light, the Belair X 6-12’s auto-exposure range is EV4 – EV15 and this is calculated just before the shutter is released.
In Auto Exposure Mode, the Belair X 6-12 will expose correctly according to the ISO selected. The ISO/ASA dial is located behind the lens board, under the battery chamber. Select and turn the ISO Dial so that it matches the ISO of the film you are using.
The minimum recommended conditions when shooting in dim light with the Belair X 6-12 are ISO/ASA dial set to 100 with 100ISO film. If you’re after brighter results in a dark setting we recommend using a high ISO film or switching to B (Bulb) Mode. B Mode will expose your shot for as long as you keep the shutter pressed.
Setting the Focus
There are 4 focusing zones on the Belair X 6-12 90mm lens: 1m, 1.5m, 3m and infinity. Set the focus by turning the lens focusing ring according to the distance of your subject. Use these depth of field charts to help you achieve just the right exposure depending on the distance from your subject.
Unfolding the Camera and Inserting Batteries
Before heading out, unfold the Belair X 6-12 by pressing the folding lock at the bottom of the camera, hold and pull out the lens board until it locks into place.
Insert 2 × 1.5V (2 x LR44) batteries in the battery chamber on the top of the lens board; take care to match them with the indicators. Flip back and close the battery chamber.
Holding the Camera Properly
When shooting, always make sure you are holding the front part of the camera on the shutter release side. Remember the light meter is on the front left hand side of the camera, so you want to keep that unobstructed at all times. Whether you choose to hold your Belair X 6-12 with one or both hands, you ought to keep in mind that the way you take your pictures does not make your camera shake. Find out more
Shooting in Panoramic Format without Overlapping
Since the exposure area of 6×12 is a double a 6×6, you need to stop at frame 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 when looking though the red frame window. If you stop at other frames, you’ll end up with overlapping exposures.