I wish this camera was mine, but it is not…it was lent to me by a friend to try out. He wants it back and I am not surprised given the prices they are commanding right now, even for-parts ones are expensive. Just look at it though, it is one of the smallest cameras I have ever used. I used small bananas for scale.
When I first picked it up I thought it was an APS camera. When introduced in 1993 it was indeed the smallest and lightest autofocus camera ever made. Not only that, it has a macro lens that can focus at 35cm. You can turn the flash off, but the settings reset when you turn it off. With a f3.5 28mm lens, it really is a cracker.
I put an Ilford FP4 through the camera on walks around some northern cities. Halfway through the film I switched to Panoramic mode which I have become a little obsessed with recently. Here are a few shots from that roll.
I liked the results so much that I loaded it with another film and left the camera on panoramic mode. I used half a roll in Manchester at the marathon, before I returned the camera.
I loved using this camera, the size was perfect for keeping in my pocket. It was so small and light I might have even tried some street photography with it at some point…if it was mine.
Just look at some other sample shots on the Lomography website. Sometimes when I check there for other cameras, the shots are dull and look like they are taken on expired film. Not for this camera though, they are all sharp and well exposed.
If I won the lottery and wanted to buy one point and shoot, I would think about this one. Then again, the owner of the camera said to me, I must have another point and shoot that does panoramic. Of course I do. So I put the rest of the film in the Pentax 928M and took some more panoramics.
It was not as light, not quite as sharp, not nearly as small, but it is mine and does work well. Best of all it is cheap so if it breaks I can replace it…hmm, still want the AF600 🙂