On the Gorge With the Belair

(Camera: Lomography Belair; Lens: 58mm f/16; Film: Lomography Color 100)

The poor ol’ Lomography Belair has taken quite a beating in reviews and on-line discussion forums almost from the day it was first announced. Even my own review (Part 1 of which is found here), has plenty of unkind things to say. But, as the picture above shows, if you take into account the camera’s limitations, it’s still possible to make pleasing pictures with it. And really, isn’t that how you have to work with all cameras? Yes, shocking though it may be to say, even Leicas have limitations. I’m not saying this photo is great art, but its shortcomings (whatever they may be) are clearly the fault of the guy pointing the camera, not the camera itself.

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2 Responses to On the Gorge With the Belair

  1. Andrew says:

    I actually rather enjoy my Belair. I think a lot of the criticism toward that camera is entirely unfair. I mean, it’s a plastic camera! What did people expect?

    I fully realize it has some major drawbacks, but it is also aimed at a very specific kind of image making which to me makes it interesting.

  2. Gary says:

    They say low expectations are the key to happiness, but I think here it’s a case of realistic expectations being the key to satisfaction. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Belair can do when I get my Russian lens.

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