lomo bel-air 6x12

A few days before Christmas I got a box in the mail. I wasn’t sure what it was, as it had been some time after I ordered this thing, and really had no idea when it was coming. I’m pretty sure I jumped and screamed like a little kid when I opened it and saw what was inside! Since the day this little beauty was announced, I knew I had to have it, and while it was being offered for a special price on pre-order, I thought would be the best time to get one. Just one little problem; I didn’t have enough money in my account at the time to order it. That’s where my sweet mother stepped in. After a few requests and denials for this as the only thing I wanted for Christmas, I guess something in her ‘clicked’, and I woke up one morning to an order confirmation email! Now it was just a matter of getting to the US and waiting for it to be delivered. I thought the latest possible time was December 19th, but when that came and went, and with no email updates from Lomo, I almost gave up. Then on the 23rd, I hear the doorbell ring. I stroll over and see the Fed-Ex truck pulling off, open the door and pick up the box. I’m still not sure what it is because it has my mom’s name on it. A cautious opening turned into the surprise I was hoping for!

A few days later I took a trip to NYC, where I put a few rolls through it to see how it worked. This one below is by far my favorite frame; a self-portrait double exposure, shot in 6×12 from the top of Rockefeller Center on Lomo redscale film. There was no colors in the sky that day except for grey, so when the film came out of the scanner, I was pretty stoked to see these colors! I did a few rolls of color and few of black and white, and below are the best of the bunch.

lomo bel-air 6x12

lomo bel-air 6x12

Two giant wall murals seen from the Highline park in NYC.

lomo bel-air 6x12

lomo bel-air 6x12

A look down to the street from a viewing platform, also on the Highline.

lomo bel-air 6x12

The famous skating rink in Rockefeller Center.

lomo bel-air 6x12

And finally, one of the first frames I shot with the camera in Ohio just after receiving it.

In conclusion, this camera looks awesome, and given it’s a Lomo camera, you’re not going to get super sharp frames out of it, but the ability to shoot 6×6, 6×9 or 6×12, plus to included lenses, and auto-exposure, make it a pretty worthy buy. Check one out if you get a chance!