At the time of the presentation of the original Lomo ‘Instant we expressed the desire to see the same camera also for Instax Wide film and now it seems that it has granted! Lomography is presenting today its new Instant Lomo ‘Instant Wide, a revised and enlarged version of the previous model (which is still in production) that seeks to expand flexibility, indeed quite limited, of original Fujifilm cameras family for Wide format.
Available now for pre-order with expected delivery in December 2015, it is released in four different versions that differ in external finish: besides the classic black or white plastic, there are the Portobello Road model (green, blue and cream) and the Central Park (with a quite elegant at first glance brown finish). The first cameras available for delivery will be white or black.
Coming to the main features, as mentioned the new Lomo ‘Instant Wide introduces, as already did by the sister in the small format, a series of tools that are not usual for the Instax system cameras; the operation is automatic exposure but with a good range of available shutter speeds (from 1/500 sec. to 8 sec) in addition to the always useful B mode. Possible user interventions include exposure compensation (EV +1/ -1) and even the expected multi-exposures mode.
The camera has a built-in flash with a guide number of 13, automatic functioning but can be disabled; also, and this is another interesting news, thereis a synchro socket for connecting an external flash. The lens does not differ greatly from what until today and has a focal length of 90 mm with a maximum aperture of f/8 and a further step to f/22; the minimum focusing distance is 0.50 m, which already allows you to perform rather close shots.
More flexibility, the Lomo ‘ Instant Wide is also equipped with some optical extension filters: a lens for close-up bringing the minimum focusing distance to 10 cm, an additional ultra-wide angle (which is not known the multiplying factor) and a dedicated version of Lomography Splitzer.
As said at the time the camera is on pre-order at the Lomography Shop and the production planning of each model will be organized chronologically starting in December and based on pre-orders; Initially, the camera will be distributed in a bundle along with a special set of colored gel filters and a dedicated belt. More info in the dedicated microsite.