LC-Wide = instant love? Not always. Read on to find out more about my honest review of this amazing camera and the five months we’ve had together.
I’ve owned my LC-Wide for just over five months now. Although that time is still relatively short, I feel that I can offer an honest review of the highs and lows of being a LC-W owner. Lets start with the purchase…
Most of us know about the LC-Wide and the amazing capabilities it has. The chance to have square and half frame shots was a massive attraction for me as I loved this about my Diana mini. The 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens is incredible and I had seen some astonishing panoramas created by using the half frame mode without the actual frame being inserted.
This February, I traveled to Levi in Finland. I knew it was going to be a trip of a lifetime, we had splashed out for an amazing log cabin and even £400 for one night in a glass igloo under the Northern lights. I knew it would be a special trip and felt it justified a special camera. I had always loved other peoples results so I thought why not, I’ll never get to do this trip again.
When the camera arrived I instantly loved it. It looked good, the box it came in was amazing. I was so excited to use it but waited until the big holiday. That said, we went on a snow mobile safari and halfway through, the film doors which open the different settings for half frame, closed, or open, jammed. One side still worked, the other was stuck open. I felt so disappointed the camera I had bought especially for the trip had broken, and it was not as if it was cheap. For the best of the trip I just used it for full 35mm shots but felt a bit cheated, as I had my LC-A for that. I thought maybe the freezing weather was to blame, but apparently not.
The camera was quickly replaced and the new one arrived. This time, off to Ireland. Would I be any luckier? Nope! You got it. Same thing happened again. This time I was more than annoyed and just wanted to get rid of the camera. LSI persuaded me to try it again and instead of replacing the whole thing they sent me a screw driver and new door to change myself. Upon removing the door I found the problem was actually very easily fixed. But when you pay over £300 for a camera you don’t expect to have to fix it after the first roll.
I’m very fond of the few rolls I have had developed from this camera, but sadly feel that’s more due to the memories and films that have been used than the camera itself.
That said, I have stuck with it and recently had another two rolls developed which I absolutely love. The panoramic options, easy multiple exposures, and square format makes some beautiful images. I’m starting to come around to its charm and there is no doubt this wide angle camera is capable of amazing things. The vignettes you get are amazing and there are many things to like about it. I know many people will have had no problems with their cameras and now that I know how to fix mine, it makes me happier. I started writing this article with the intention of telling you how much I regret buying this camera and how I wish I had went for the Horizon Kompakt instead, but since getting my two new rolls back that’s simply just not true. I’m starting to love it more and more each time I use it.