Review: Lomo LC-Wide, the Answer to Hipstamatic
For £350, it seems a bit much for a Lomo LC-Wide camera -- particularly as film processing doesn’t come cheap.
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 lens, 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 features, 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 DSLR.