A non-technical review by a traveller.
The Lomography Fisheye No. 2 is a 35 mm film camera that has 170-degree field of view. It is an upgrade from the original camera and is designed to be an easy to use, robust camera with features to make photography fun. The camera has a fixed aperture of f/8 and a standard shot of 1/100 which both work fine for playing around with. The camera incorporates bulb and multiple exposure modes for you to play around with. The bulb mode allows you to hold the shutter open for as long as you like. This is great for nighttime photos, particularly if you want to make moving lights (such as cars) streak across the image. The multiple exposure mode means that you can ‘overlay’ multiple images and get those funky ghostly images.
Lomography cameras often experience light leaks, ghosting, flare, and other unusual properties. These are the sort of effects people try to create with apps such as Instagram, except this is the real thing on real film.
- Light for great portability
- Robust enough to be knocked around
- Simple and fun to use
- Funky wide angle shots with a cool barrel effect
- Hot-shoe for mounting your own flash
- Cheap to purchase
- Its lomo, thus your shots look artsy!
- Film processing is expensive
- No opportunity to check your photos until they are developed
- You can’t use it as a ‘normal’ camera
Who should get this camera?
- People who want to play and have fun with photography, without having too much knowledge about it
I spent a while researching which lomography camera I should purchase and the closest rival to this one for me was the Diana F+. In the end I chose this one because it seemed more robust, 35mm film is available everywhere, and some of the sample shots looked pretty awesome.
This camera is great fun to play with and easy to use. If you want a serious camera, don’t get this one. However, if you are looking for memorable, stylised shots that don’t require much planning and you’re happy to pay the film processing costs, this camera could be great fun for you. It was for me.