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Buying Fisheye Lomography Cameras | Toy Cameras for Casual Snapshot Photography

Updated on April 6, 2013

The fisheye lomography camera is the first 35mm compact camera in the world with a very-wide-angle lens, or commonly termed the fisheye lens. Pictures taken by the camera often display characteristics of fisheye distortion, oversaturation, blurring and overexposure. This results in unique, colorful photographs that are extremely charming. The pictures are a celebration of spontaneity and playfulness, and de-emphasizes formal photography techniques.

Camera Features

The lomo fisheye camera is a simple to use, point and shoot camera with a fixed focus lens. It is perfect for the beginner as a good cheap test camera for casual photography. It's the optimal fisheye camera for those who don't really need one but who would love to own one.

170-degree field of view
The camera lens has an astounding 170 degrees field of view and gives the lomo camera the characteristic photograph effects. The image taken is compacted and distorted into a cool circular image. The super wide images have also excellent depth of field so both the subject and backgrounds are all crisp and sharp.

Premium Optical Glass Lens
Optical-glass lens installed within the camera provide superior quality to create the bright colors, striking contrasts and psychedelic effects that people have come to be associated with a lomo camera.

Multiple Exposures
Multiple exposure settings allow unlimited shots to be overlaid over a single frame. This unique feature creates montages of people and places across time and is limited only by your imagination and creativity.

Built-in flash
Even though it is simple, it has a built in flash. Thus, the camera is not restricted to only daytime use, but also indoor and dim lighting conditions.

Complete range of Lomo Fisheyes

Lomography Fisheye 35mm Camera
Lomography Fisheye 35mm Camera

The Original Fisheye Camera

 

Models

Fisheye Camera: The default Fisheye camera in black/silver

  • Size: 4.1" (10.4cm) x 2.4" (6.1m) x 2.4" (6.1cm)
  • Weight: 0.5lb (0.23kg)
  • Format: all 35mm (color negative, slide, b&w)
  • Field of Vision: 170 degrees
  • Approximate focal length: 10mm
  • Flashes: Built-in flash (powered by one “AA“ battery)
  • Film can be processed at any 35mm lab, supermarket, drug store, swapmeet, etc.

Fisheye Camera #2 - The developed Fisheye camera with new looks & several advantages. Including Bulb shutter and hot shoe flash.

  • Size: 4.25" (10.5cm) x 2.5" (6cm) x 2.5" (6cm)
  • Weight: 0.5lb (0.23kg)
  • Format: all 35mm (color negative, slide, b&w)
  • Field of Vision: 170 degrees
  • Approximate focal length: 10mm
  • Fixed aperture: f/8
  • Shutter speeds: 1/100, “B“
  • Flashes: Standard hotshoe & built-in flash (powered by one “AA“ battery)
  • Multiple Exposure switch for unlimited shots on 1 frame
  • Film can be processed at any 35mm lab, supermarket, drug store, swapmeet, etc.

Other Toy Cameras

Other than the Fisheye, there are other cameras on the market like the Diana + and the Holga. Read the other related articles on these other great shots and compare how they fare against each other!

Summary and Overview

The lomography fisheye camera was the ONE camera that brought lomography into the mainstream popularity. From the fisheye 1 to the fisheye 2 model, it could be said to have spawned an entire industry. Given the advent of apps and smartphones which can easily replicate the fisheye effect flawlessly each time and every time, it seems that the classic fisheye camera is consigned to history.

As a lomo camera, the fisheye camera has only 1 trick up it's sleeve. However, as per other lomo cameras and as with all arguments over film vs digital, it is the suspense of not knowing what will is captured on film that is the surprise in store for users.

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      greybreaks 

      8 years ago

      don't forget about the fisheye attachment for the diana medium format camera.

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