A w-i-d-e lens, a crazy flash, a funky look and a great price. Unsure about wide angle lenses? Then this is the perfect place to start.
I’ve had my La Sardina since the launch day, acquired at the launch party in Lomography’s East End store in London. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have one, it looked so funky and fun. Since then I’ve hardly been able to put it down, as I put it through it’s paces and use it in a variety of situations.
I have the red El Capitan * version, complete with Fritz the Blitz flash. The flash is great and is Lomography’s first multi-setting flash with three different strengths – close-up, portrait and group. It comes with four different coloured filters too – blue, red, yellow and white – which also serve to diffuse the flash slightly. Attached to the side of the camera, it’s bound to turn a few heads when used.
I’ve found the camera is at it’s best when you’re close to the subject. You can get real close thanks to the camera’s lens when set at 0.6-1m mode (indicated by a little bug on the lens) and although the subject is up close and personal they still don’t fill the frame, giving a sense of space around them.
It’s also a decent double exposure camera thanks to the MX switch on the top, which also serves as a shutter mode switch – bulb and normal. I’ve not really used bulb yet but fully intend to at some point.
I haven’t always been a big fan of 35mm cameras, even though I own several. I often struggle to fill the frame properly but with this camera I feel like I’m having more success. I think we naturally see things from a wide perspective anyway, so this camera is showing me more of the world as I usually see it.
If you’re looking for a fun, funky camera with a nice wide angle lens then La Sardina is a great choice. It’s well made, fun to play with and is a genuine bargain – probably Lomography’s best value camera yet!
* El Capitan leads the way for the new La Sardina collection. With a red and yellow motif that screams authority over the Seven Seas, this 35mm wide-angle wonder commands attention both at sea and on land. Comes with Fritz the Blitz, Lomography’s most powerful flash ever. Sail the high seas with El Capitan, available in our Shop.