La Sardina: Nothing Fishy About this Camera!


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.

written by panchoballard on 2011-07-22 #gear #wide-angle #review #lomography #film-camera #user-review #requested #la-sardina #fritz-the-blitz

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  1. rancliffhasenza
    rancliffhasenza ·

    Really nice review :)

  2. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    nice review, love the photos...

  3. veato
    veato ·

    Just got my fiancee one for her birthday (non-flash). I hope she likes it!

  4. lamp
    lamp ·

    I've just got myself the El Capitan and am VERY excited about getting out there and trying it out! :)

  5. homer
    homer ·

    Is that some of the FPP crew I see in one of those photos. Just got my La Sardina last week. Can't put it down.

  6. panchoballard
    panchoballard ·

    @homer It is the FPP crew, well spotted! I got the camera when I was in London for the FPP meet-up. Awesome day.

  7. domo-guy
    domo-guy ·


  8. stevelomo
    stevelomo ·

    I got myself a Sardina and its been great! So happy with my recent shots! Got redscale loaded now :)

  9. jodimeetdiana76
    jodimeetdiana76 ·

    Great Review! I just got mine in the mail today - can't wait to try it out!

  10. girlmonochromism
    girlmonochromism ·

    what film did you use? interesting camera. looks like imma have to buy one!! :D

  11. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Love this article, and these photos!

  12. nishichauhan
    nishichauhan ·

    Have ordered one for myself. Hope it works as good!

  13. flyboy
    flyboy ·

    i bought my sardina upon launching and it's NOT GOOD at all, first rolls of film NOT EXPOSED, now i put it on Bulb of course one should think now i will have some results but only six images on the 36 roll and completely overexposed (my fault i've put it on Bulb! only exposing a fraction of a second in daylight) on a roll of 36 - -- i am not a fan

  14. colethewalrus
    colethewalrus ·

    i got mine a couple days ago and was really excited! then i got my first roll developed and i only got 8 out of the roll (24 exposures) and the rest were underexposed. i was sad that i didnt get many pictures. However, i LOVED the ones that did come out (you can see a couple on my profile). i was wondering what speed film you guys were all using. I use ISO 400

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