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Fresh Prints of Belair #lomography #photos
A few weeks ago, I was feeling mighty depressed, so I bought myself a new camera: Lomography’s Belair X 6-12. It’s a medium format film camera, which means it shoots on 120 film, and it is a beauty.
Because I am poor, I got the all-black City Slicker edition (above), which is the cheapest of the three editions at around $250. It shoots three formats: 6×6 square, 6×9, and 6×12 panoramic; the Belair also comes with two interchangeable lenses, 58mm and 90mm. Below are the camera’s specs, as stolen from B&H.
Belair X 6-12 Camera Type Folding medium format film camera Image Area 6 x 12: 4.1 x 2″ / 104 x 52 mm
6 x 9: 3.1 x 2′ / 78 x 52 mm
6 x 6: 2 x 2″ / 52 x 52 mm
Film Type 120 roll film Lens Mount 3 Bayonet type Auto Exposure Aperture priority mode Exposure Range EV 4-15 Shutter Speed Range 1/125 sec. and bulb Film Sensitivity Supports ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 External Flash Connection X-type sync hot shoe Tripod Socket 1/4″ socket Power Supply 2x LR44 1.5V batteries Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer Weight 1.1 lb / 500 g (without batteries or film)
90mm kit lens Focal Length 90 mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length 6 x 12: 32 mm
6 x 9: 40 mm
6 x 6: 52 mm
Aperture Range f/8-16 Angle of View 65° (6 x 12) Focusing Manual zone focusing: 3.3′ / 1 m, 4.9′ / 1.5 m, 9.8′ / 3 m, and infinity Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer Weight Not specified by manufacturer
58mm kit lens Focal Length 58 mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length 6 x 12: 21 mm
6 x 9: 26 mm
6 x 6: 35 mm
Aperture Range f/8-16 Angle of View 90° (6 x 12) Focusing Manual zone focusing: 3.3′ / 1 m, 4.9′ / 1.5 m, 9.8′ / 3 m, and infinity Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Now, while most early reviews of the Belair were unkind, I decided to wait until I developed my first roll before making any rash decisions or judgments. I’m glad I did. Here are a few photos from my first roll from the Belair X 6-12.
I’ll be for real: I’m pretty happy with these results. I had the camera on the 6×9 setting, which gives a maximum of 8 photos per roll; these were the 5 usable/salvageable images.
I’m currently experimenting with the other masks (6×6, 6×12) and different film stocks, and I’ll be sure to post some of those images as well. But for right now, well, I gotta say, I’m loving my Belair.
I’ve even named her “Vivian.”