Working for Lomography has its privileges. So now and then you get the opportunity to test a demo version of a new product. I hate my job! A voila – a closer look at the Belair.
I like the amazing 6 × 12 panorama function. Those are some pretty big pictures! When I needed to spin the roll film for the first time from one to three, was just crazy, it is just not something you expect. And then after 6 pictures you already have filled your roll. That is just strange. But then again you will have 6 awesome pictures.
The lightmeter in this giant is also amazing. We all know it from our biggest love – the Lomo LC-A. But this camera has something the LC-A does not (or barely) have – a bulb mode. Yes, you can cover the lightmeter of the LC-A with tape, with this you will fool it and let it keep its shutter open. But with the Belair you don’t need the hassle with tape. You just put the light wheel to the B position and it will shut the lightmeter off. The shutter remains open as long as you keep the shutter button down. But it is a pity that there is no possibility to use a cable release…
These are one of my first Belair pictures. Among others shot in the Amsterdam Arena during a soccer game.
6 × 12 panorama
6 × 6 square
My colleagues from the Lomography Gallery Store Amsterdam also have shot a test roll, and these where their results:
Nice huh? So here are my pro and cons:
- The 6 × 12 panorama function is thick. Very thick.
- The light meter is exactly what you need. Nothing more and nothing less.
- The camera lies neat in your hand. It sound maybe a bit pathetic, but wait until you have experienced it yourself. He ‘shoots nice’.
- The shutter produces a real ‘click’ sound.
- The hot-shoe for the flash is nice. Nice flash mode in the dark!
- Two interchangeable lenses and new lenses to come. Nice!
- Firm rolling system, which is nice when rolling the film.
- Handy viewfinder that you can switch easily with one short turn.
- For a 6 × 12 middle size camera with lightmeter is the Belair payable! And completely now with the 15% pre-order korting.
- I already sad it – the camera has (not yet) no connection possibility for a cable releaser. Which is to bad for the lightpainters among us.
- The ring flash does not fit well on the camera. There are tricks, but handy is something else. See this tipster van lomograaf Nout.
- The rifling for the tripod is not in the middle of the camera, but on the side. With small tripods the stability is hard to find.
- The bellow-system will not sit well. But it can be that this was only with the demo I tested.
Did you already try out the Belair? Or ordered? Comment and share your opinion!