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Review: Lomo LC-Wide, the Answer to Hipstamatic

Written on June 05, 2011 by Adam Eve

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For £350, it seems a bit much for a Lomo LC-Wide camera -- particularly as film processing doesn’t come cheap.

cameras are the analogue’s answer to Hipstamatic. The new flagship, camera, is a blocky, vintage-looking camera that picks up where LC-A+ left off.

With its shutter button sitting exactly where you’d expect it, the Lomo LC-Wide camera is a straightforward device to operate. On the right is a dial where you can wind your film. However, there’s a switch under the camera that enables you to take several shots on the same frame. There are three focus options: Close-ups, Long shots and Medium. All of them are controlled by a lever on the front of the camera, which can be very annoying. The lever is so close to the , that your fingers often sneaks into shot.

A light meter can also be found on the front of Lomo LC-Wide. It works out how much light is required to expose a photo, and therefore indicates how soon to close the shutter. If you’re using 100 ISO film, this won’t be that complicated. Just set the dial to 100 and let the camera do its job. The camera also allows you to take half-frame or square shots. It is packed with two plastic frames, which can be installed beneath the lens to give smaller shots a crisp edge. The drawback of Lomo LC-Wide, however, is that it’s hefty and the film winder is achingly stiff.

When it comes to , there is nothing flashy with the Lomo LC-Wide camera. But it enables you to experiment on the basic controls that it have. The only problem is that some shots simply won’t work. Multiple exposure can be messy, while subjects of wide-angle lens can be tiny. Include to that the fair amount of money that you’ll need to shell out to get the film developed.

The Lomo LC-Wide has endless possibilities. The wide-angle lens can provide you with a bigger canvass to work with, while the lo-fi hardware can give you gorgeous unique shots that can defy digital post-production techniques. You can buy a separate flash for the Lomo LC-Wide camera, and try the crisp low-light shots. However, all of these come with a price of £350. If you’re just a casual user, it would be best to try one of the cheaper Lomo, or invest your cash to an entry-level .

  • Dan

    I have one. It has been an unending nightmare. The product is carp, and the customer service is worse.

    Camera 1: Sprockets failed. Sometimes shutter won’t activate, leaving a black frame. The frame spacing is variable, so sometimes, one frame merges with another and that throws off scanning software. It did this from the first roll. It did not break. I was born deformed.

    I was not allowed a refund. I was not provided with a timely repair. They took it, but would not give it back. I was made to wait almost two months with no camera for a replacement, and in that time, Lomography was busy selling new cameras to customers. When they finally had surplus stock on hand, I was offered a new camera…

    Camera 2: Failed in store. Same problem. It never left the counter…

    Camera 3: Got it home, shot off a roll and it has exactly the same problem. I cannot get 27 let alone 36 good shots scanned off a roll of film.

    Not a single roll of film on any of these cameras has come out right. I am not talking charming quirks, it just doesn’t work properly.

    We are talking a $400 kit, including the instant back and instant adapter kit I bought as a package.

    Do yourself a favour and buy another Lomo product that fails in a ‘charming way’ and if you want a camera that works or to support a company that seems to care more about user experience than profit, stay away from the brand entirely. Contact me on twitter if you want to hear more, but be prepared for a rant; I am quite evangelical about my feelings towards Lomography.

    I feel ripped off.

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