Received My Belair X 6-12 This Evening

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  1. arealitystudios

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    Hello Folks

    Well I got myself an early Christmas present in the mail this evening. Turns out my wife ordered me a Belair X 6-12 and it came early! Way cool. I'm such a lucky guy.

    For those who don't know what this camera it, you can check out the Lomo microsite here:

    http://microsites.lomography.com/belair/

    I thought a few people on this forum might be interested to hear my first impressions of the camera. Keep in mind, I got the limited edition "Globetrotter" which I guess has slightly better build materials than the other two models. That being said, my first impressions are very favorable. I would say the sturdiness feels on par with a Lomo LC-A. It is certainly a toy camera, but it feels solid. Far better than a Holga but by no means an old Zeiss Ikon folder either.

    The camera came packed in a nice presentation box with the camera body, two viewfinders, and two lenses wrapped in a black cloth. The viewfinder(s) itself is actually reasonably large and bright. It comes with two, a 90mm and a 58mm with the two interchangeable lenses to match. As one would expect from a toy camera, the lenses are mostly plastic but they do have a solid "snap" when you attach them to the body and they seem firmly set once attached. To my surprise the bellows are a pretty thick rubber material that feels like it will last awhile. The front of the camera extends very easily but it feels a little stiff and awkward when closing it back up again. It not unlike an old Polaroid Land camera in its feel and ergonomics, though it is considerably smaller.

    The camera takes two button cell batteries which did not come with the camera. Opening the battery compartment was a bit of a bitch (I have very short finger nails) so hopefully I won't have to do that too often. I had to run to the store to buy some batteries and by the time I got home it was dark and not really a great way to run a test roll through the camera. I will say though it was easy to load a roll into it. It wasn't "holga like" in the sense that the roll of 120 felt firm and tight, not loose like is often the case with Holga cameras. Winding is a little clunky like pretty much every other toy camera out there.

    I'm looking forward to making some images with this during my lunch hour tomorrow in daylight hours. Again, there is certainly no mistaking that this is a "toy camera" when you hold it in your hand. It is also by no means the size and shape of something you would be putting in your pocket. Given that it is a 6x12 format I would hope nobody would assume it could be. Overall though, I think I'm going to have fun with this!
     
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    I look forward to your first chromes.

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    Is the shutter in the lens or within the body?
     
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    cool, show some pictures
     
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    Any info on how the auto exposure works? Please post some pics of the lenses and mounts too!
     
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    The shutter is in the body for sure. When you take the lens off the shutter blades are exposed.
     
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    I will do so when I get home from work this evening and I will hopefully get the time to develop a roll from the camera this evening as well.

    :smile:
     
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    I never really got why this camera is around, it just looks like an expensive Kodak Vest pocket camera but shoot a 120 film, i'm sure it will be good but I don't get this trend of expensive lomography cameras, surely the whole point is that they are 'cheap and cheerful', you can get a semi pro Nikon FM2n and a lens for the same amount as one of those or indeed about 4 or 5 Voigtlander Bessa cameras. Not knocking your camera choice, I just don't get it, its a bit like when someone spends over £20 on a standard Holga.
     
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    There are very few cameras that will shoot 6x6, 6x9 and 6x12 afaik
     
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    Point taken, 6x12 is rather a large negative size lol :D
     
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    m1tch,

    For 'cheap and cheerful' 6X12, Holga has an all plastic model for $90 shipped from Holga Direct. Might seem a bit steep but as said, not many options in that aspect ratio in 120 film size.
     
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    The DaYi 6x12 back for 4x5 cameras is excellent for shooting 6x12.

    I want to see photos!
     
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    stoked !

    strut cameras are pretty cool.
    have fun with your new camera !
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    Now Lomo's offering two Russian-made, Zenit brand glass lenses for the Belair, a 90 and a 114. No longer just plastic lens quality images, this is beginning to sound interesting.

    http://microsites.lomography.com/belair/lenses

    -Joe
     
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    Lovely, I was tempted but shooting Lubitel166+ now which is nough for now...
     
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    I believe that the shutter is in the body too which makes it adaptable to other lenses for those of us who like to modify things.


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    I've got one on order. Looks like fun!
     
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    Impulsively, I ordered one of these yesterday (birthday coming up!!) and am happy to see a few others might have one... any pictures you've made with the camera to share yet??
     
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    It's tempting me too, but I worry about the exposure controls - I don't need 1/10th stop accuracy, but it basically has three shutter speeds plus B IIRC, and the same deal with the apertures, which I think are marked like the old Kodak Brownies - Sun, Partly Cloudy, Overcast, Full Shade. Sounds more like a weather forecast than an exposure control system. But I think the kicker for me would definitely be seeing actual images taken by real people, not the promo shots on the Lomo website.
     
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    Scott... I found a blog with a three part review, but I'm linking to the third review that features a few sample pictures. I'm looking forward to giving the panorama a go with the camera, but it looks like toy camera optics, but the lens has apertures listed, I think, F8, F11, and F16. I've been using the Holga a lot lately, and I've been interested in expanding my plastic camera kit, so this looks like a fun choice.

    http://filmadvance.com/2012/12/review-lomography-belair-x-6-12-camera-part-3/
     
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    I am rather disappointed that the cameras cannot be ordered without the plastic lenses, I would just want the Russian glass lenses.

    I am thinking other glass lenses could be fitted by recycling the plastic lens bayonette mount and fitting to a Schneider or Rodenstock lens.

    If this works out, there may be alternate lenses avalable for the Belair 6x12 from Alpenhause Kamera Werke.
     
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    for the price of the camera and a "russian glass lens" you could buy a 4x5 camera.
     
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    Shooting at 16 on the 58 is much better, imo, than f8.
     
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    Anyone shot a Fuji 617?

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