Just remembered this thread! Here are the results I posted from my Belair.
I also got email notification that the Russian lenses are slightly delayed. Lomography expects to deliver them in April.
Just got mine today, haven't even loaded a roll yet, but had a couple of questions for you guys.
I can see how the spools would allow the roll to run loose in back, read something about putting some tension on the film spool so it hold a bit tighter. Wondering if you had to/should do that to both the film spool and take-up spools? And any recommendations on how? Seems like it would be easy enough to just wedge a bit of card-stock in.
I did manage to get on the tail-end of an e-bay auction for the Russian glass lenses, and won the 114mm lens. It's coming over the pond from EU, so it will probably be a while till I see it. I'll run a roll of color through the stock 90mm lens, and another when I get the glass 114mm, and post samples.
BTW, first post here. Found APUG when I was looking for info on the Belair.
Forgot one thing. Also read about the shiny black plastic on the 6x6 and 6x9 masks causing reflections/bleed on pictures. Since I'm in a modding mood, I'm soliciting opinion on "roughing up" the fronts of the masks, give it a once over with some sandpaper and see if I can make it more of a matte finish.
Did anyone ever get the glass lenses for the Belair and shoot with them? Is anyone here still using their Belair?
As for "it has metering": The truth is that it has no true manual exposure control. I think MF shooters couldn't care less for built-in metering, the same as Holga shooters couldn't care as well. At 6x12 it is not as if you could just happily "shoot from the hip" lots of pictures during a walk...
Then, for a "panoramic"-like-format camera, the widest angle lens is a 90mm lens (which is about a 32mm FOV equivalent on 35-mm). Not so wide, really.
All in all, i like lomography for keeping film alive, but a much better idea was that 120-film version of the Lomo LC-A they released not so long ago. Just make a 120 Lomo LC-A version with a decent lens (not that gimmicky wideangle with insane amounts of vignetting), and I think everybody would buy one, the Lomo crowd, the APUG crowd, everybody.
6x12 folder is a great idea but where are the pictures???
I still use the belair, with the instax back and its plastic lenses. it's fun. immediate result, quite decent IMHO and a lightweight combination. I have a custom made instax back for my mamiya universal too, based on the belair back. the results are better and there is no black strip on the photo, but it weighs a ton and you have to meter the exposure. I still wait for someone to make an instant back with motorized ejection. or an instax wide angle camera.
I wasn't pleased with the 6x12 roll film results of my belair. film flatness, film winding, light leaks...obviously you have to be a lomo addict to be fine with it. seen the price I wouldn't invest into the glass lenses. for the price of a belair + glass lenses you could buy real stuff if you are patient. I found an ugly looking plaubel veriwide (o.k., it's 6x10) in that price range, and a combo 470 + a simple 6x12 back for a bit more.