Review: Lomography Simple Use Cameras

The Lomography Simple Use Cameras can easily be mistaken for disposable cameras, but they’re in fact not. Confused? Yeah, I was too the first time that I saw the press release, as when I looked at the cameras themselves, they straight up just looked like disposables. Then I did more digging. Lomography calls them the Simple Use cameras. They’re designed to look and function like disposable cameras but have some extra additions–like the ability to be reloaded and in some cases gels that go right over the flashes. They also cost a bit more than the standard disposable camera out there, but when you consider the fact they’re reloadable and in some cases they come with gels for the flash, then you’re not at all getting a bad deal.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Fun to use
  • A black and white, color negative and Lomochrome Purple version
  • All ISO 400
  • Gels on the flash in some cases
  • Small
  • Simple to use, just point and shoot

Cons

  • Nothing really.

Tech Specs

Specs taken from the Lomography listing

  • Analogue Made Easy: Lomography’s Simple Use Film Camera is preloaded with film so you can start shooting straight away.
  • Filled with Fantastic Film: This bundle comes with a disposable camera loaded with Lomography Color Negative 400, Lomography Lady Grey ISO 400, and LomoChrome Purple ISO 100-400 films
  • Get Creative with Color Gel Flash Filters: Mix and match three different Color Gel flash filters to tint your shots with one of six different colors.
  • Take Your Camera Everywhere You Go: Portable and light, the Simple Use Film Camera can easily be your go-to camera for everyday shooting.
  • Easy to Develop Your Pictures: Just hand in your film at any photo lab. It’s quick and easy to get your photos developed at the LomoLab!
  • Reload if You Dare: if you’re feeling like an analogue superstar, you can try reloading your camera once you’ve finished the preloaded film. Be careful though, loading film can be tricky and it is not covered by any warranty!

Technical Specifications:

  • Film Format: 35mm Film
  • Exposures: 36
  • Lens Focal Length: 31mm
  • Shutter Speed: 1/120s
  • Aperture: f/9
  • Focusing: 1m to Infinity
  • Flash: Built-in Flash (Press & Hold to Charge), 15-second Recycle Time
  • Battery: 1 x AA Battery
  • Dimensions (mm): 115 x 60 x 33

Ergonomics

The Lomography Simple Use Cameras come in three different flavors: LomoChrome Purple, color negative and black and white. With the color options, you’ll get gels on the flash that can be combined or used individually. The front of the cameras have a button to charge the flash and then there’s the lens, flash and viewfinder.

The top of the Lomography Simple Use Cameras have a button to release the shutter. That’s really about it.

The back is where you’ll both put your eye to the viewfinder and wind the film forward. When you’re all done you’ll open the camera up, reload the film in an upside down fashion, close it, and then wind it to the end. The way that the Lomography Simple Use Cameras work is that they unwind the film and you simply advance it.

Build Quality

The Lomography Simple Use Cameras aren’t built that stellar to be honest. They’re built, well, like disposable cameras, but only slightly better. They conform nicely to the hand and due to those ergonomics, I’m really inclined to like the cameras. They’re ergonomically pleasing and can be thrown into a bag or your pocket with ease.

Ease of Use

Essentially what you do is remember that you’ve got ISO 400 film in there. That’s what the light meter is designed to be used with. Then you shoot the film until it is fully back into the roll, open the camera up, reload the film, wind it, and then continue shooting. No matter what, they’re all set to shoot at ISO 400 and so you can put black and white film in the color negative camera, and more.

Image Quality

The Lomography Simple Use Cameras have a plastic lens on each of them. But despite this, the image quality is surprisingly sharp. I’d encourage users to use good film and to be careful with the distances from the subject. All that is outlined on the instructions on the camera. But considering that this is dependant on the film you’re using, I’m still very pleased.

Lomography Lady Grey 400

Conclusions

I think the Lomography Simple Use Cameras are super duper fun. For black and white you can use them for serious street photography. The color stuff, you can use at parties and just have fun with the gels you’ll get. These are cameras that I strongly suggest every single photographer get their hands on simply because of the fact that it will remind us all to get back down to basics and just to make our images fun. You wouldn’t and shouldn’t care too much about the image quality even though it isn’t at all bad. Instead, just focus on enjoying the experience.