Lomo has launched yet another gorgeous new film camera, and this one looks as lame as all the rest. It’s called the Belair X 6-12, and it’s medium format.
The camera uses 120 (and probably 220) film, which comes paper-backed on rolls. Once threaded into the camera, you can shoot images at 6×6, 6×9 and 6×12 (all in centimeters. That’s like two pints or something) on the same roll, and the camera otherwise does very little.
The exposure is automatic (probably the last thing you want in a camera like this), and works with film from ISO 50 to ISO 1,600. The maximum shutter speed is a laughable 1/125 sec, and there are two available lenses: a normal 90mm normal and a 58mm wideangle (remember, large format requires longer focal length lenses for the same point of view as shorter lenses in a smaller format).
But who cares about the lame specs? The whole point of a Lomo is that it’s a piece of junk, and these here cameras are particularly beautiful pieces of junk. With their metal bodies, faux-leather trim and super-cool bellows action (you extend the bellows to ready the camera for action, letting it fold up small for transport) have style written all over them.
Prices run from €250 for the all-black model, through €300 for the brown be-leathered version, to €350 for the snakeskin (fakeskin?) model. available for pre-order, with guaranteed December delivery.