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Aww, Look at This New Little Lomo Fisheye Baby Camera

June 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM | by | ()

New cute camera alert! Yesterday in New York, Lomography—purveyor of vintage film cameras and creator of new, plastic ones—unveiled a secret product. It's secret no longer, and the project they kept under wraps is the Lomo Fisheye Baby 110, a miniature version of their popular Fisheye camera, just pocket- and travel-sized.

We're big fans of Lomography here at Jaunted, and as frequent users of three of their cameras (the LC-A+, La Sardina and Diana Mini), we can vouch for their awesomeness when it comes to shaking up your usual travel photography routine. Leave the DSLR behind for a moment, bring a backup roll of real film and walk down some alleys—you'll quickly understand our love of good ol' analog.

In fact, it's our few years of pocketing our Diana Mini (a tiny version of their regular Diana camera) that makes us want to talk about the Fisheye Baby, because we think the small snappers are really the future of Lomography, now that everyone can pocket their smartphone cameras.

The Fisheye Baby 110 uses 110 film as the name implies, meaning you will have to seek out a camera store (or Lomography store if you're in a cool world city) to buy more; this is not your average, cheapie 35mm film. That said, everything else is super convenient about the camera. It's ultra lightweight, slips into a shirt pocket, looks good, allows for long and multiple exposures and is affordable. Heck, the basic model is only $39 (or go up a level with the metal-clad one with PC flash adapter for $59).

Just do note that the Fisheye Baby 110 shoots fisheye-effect photos, best for getting all up in someone's face. Imagine how it looks to peer through a door peephole; it's kinda like that. Some iPhone photo apps attempt to mimic the effect, but this is the real deal (and it'll give you real, tangible prints after developing).

Maybe we're just romantics about all this travel photography stuff, but we also like to think of Lomo cameras as conversation starters to make that first connection so hard to make with photo subjects. Try asking a stranger to pose for your DSLR and there's a weird "what for?" feeling. Show them a cute plastic camera however, and the suspicion is replaced with curiosity.

[Photos: Jaunted]

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