Nice to Meet you, Belair!

2013-03-12 2

Initially I am just attracted by the look of the Belair x 6 12 Jetsetter. Once I started to shoot with it, I just can’t stop. Having tested it on different films, and trying different formats, I really felt in love with it. Though with some minor complaints, I love its exchangeable lens feature, and the switch of 3 frame sizes, and I am already looking forward to more lenses!

The look of Belair x 6 12 Jetsetter is so attractive that once I saw it, I was determined to have it! Though I received it around Christmas, I only had time recently to experiment with it and to get to know it better.
One afternoon, I installed a roll of Lomography ISO 400 in the Belair, using the format of 6×6, and went to Tsim Sha Tsui to do some snapshots. Here are some of shots.

The Belair is distributed along with two plastic lenses, 90mm & 58mm. I did remember to try both of them in my first roll to see the difference. That’s really wonderful to be able to switch lenses in the middle of a roll.

Because of the small aperture (f8/f16) of the lenses and not getting used to how to hold Belair in my hands, most of my pictures are blurred, unfortunately. But that simply became a stronger motive for me to get to know Belair better. And based on that experience, I understand that the Belair loves light! So, on a sunny day, I went out with Belair having a roll of lomography ISO 400 in it again. That looks completely different, right? The photos are much brighter and more vivid.

(For the last photo, I did put Belair on railing to stabilize it!)

Then I thought how about a roll of Redscale with Belair.
Belair is once again out there on a sunny day, now with a roll of Lomography Redscale 50 – 200. Though this time I got less blurred photos, but then you can see from all the above photos that the objects in some of my photos are not that centered. I guess that required some more practice to learn to position the objects better with the Belair’s viewfinders.

Also, how could I resist trying the 6×9 format? Therefore, here come the photos. They are taken with the Lomography ISO 800.

I did also shoot a roll using the 6×12 format. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet been able to find a lab that can help me scan the 6×12 format.

Anyway, it is really fun with Belair. I love its ability to switch lenses without having to wait to finish a roll of film first. Though I wish there would be some larger aperture lenses to go with Belair!
Moreover, the folding structure makes Belair a superstar that is bound to capture the eyes from the people around! While I am shooting around, I do caught people staring at my Belair!

But I do have a few small issues about the design of Belair. The automatic shutter system is nice, but the lack of indication of battery life is a bit of a disappointment. According to the user menu, if we find that the photos developed are underexposed, then we need to replace the batteries. I wish there is a way to show the battery life. Image how disappointing it will be to find the photos underexposed just because the battery dies.
And I think you can also see that around the edges of the photos, sometimes it is a little bit tilted by a little shadow, or sometimes it looks a little bit paler. I am wondering whether it is me or the folding structure caused that.

Belair is really easy and interesting to use! I will definitely bring it with me more often. I am really looking forward to the possibility of having more exchangeable lenses for Belair! Hope to share with you more photos soon!

written by kcmuguet on 2013-03-12 #gear #6x9 #belair #belair-x-6-12-jetsetter #hong-kong #120 #jetsetter #6x6 #review

2 Comments

  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    great belair shots! :D

  2. djramsay
    djramsay ·

    These are the first Belair shots that i've seen that are really great, well done

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