The lovely people at Lomography UK kindly lent me a camera to test drive for the summer. I already have quite a few analogue cameras, from Lomo’s Holga and Diana to Russian classics and a growing Olympus collection – so I picked one of their brand-new offerings, the La Sardina. Obviously I was drawn to its cute, kitschy looks, with its graphical take on old sardine tins, but it also features a wide-angle lens, multi-exposure abilities and a bolt-on flash with coloured filters.
Like all Lomo cameras, it comes beautifully packaged so ‘unboxing’ is a joy. The package includes a lovely bound book with photography tips, and the instruction manual doubles as cool poster.
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La Sardina Unboxing from Lomography on Vimeo.
It’s small and light enough to carry round daily, so I just snapped loads of photos from my weekened jaunts around town. I tried to stick to the Lomo ‘shoot from the hip’ principle without worrying much about framing, and the camera’s minimal controls mean it’s usually ready to shoot any kind of scene (there’s just two focus lengths and a bulb mode for indoor long exposures).
Around Hackney and Broadway Market
A little dark indoors without flash
Trying out the coloured flash filters
I had a lot of fun with La Sardina: its ease of use means it’s brilliant for snapping quick photos without fiddling with settings for ages. But I confess I did miss the control that comes from more manual cameras, and found the plastic build just a little flimsy. But for a sling-in-your-bag kind of camera for capturing outside fun, it’s perfect.