Review: Lomography Belair X 6-12

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Lomography Belair X 6-12

When Lomography announced the Belair X 6-12, the analog world was abuzz. Being known for lo-tech products such as the LC-A and Diana, no one was expecting such an elaborate piece of technology from the company that is one of the last strongholds of analog photography. Yet, Lomography came up with a 6×12 panoramic medium format folder that not only features interchangeable lenses, but also an electronic meter with auto exposure and interchangeable masks for 6×6, 6×9 and 6×12 format. We had the chance to try out this unique camera.

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Eirik Loves to Make His Own Stuff, So He Built Himself a 6×17 Panoramic Medium Format Camera

Eirik Russel Roberts DIY 6x17 Camera

I’d come to the conclusion that I’d like to build my own camera.” This is how it all began–the urge to build something unique and personal with his own hands. Soon after this thought formed in his mind, Eirik Russell Roberts stumbled across pictures taken with a 6×17 camera in the Torres del Paine in Chile. He was immediately hooked. And suddenly, he knew what kind of camera he was going to build: a 6×17 panoramic medium format camera. But that’s easier said than done.

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Lomography Announces ‘Belair X 6-12’ Panoramic Medium Format Camera with Some Interesting Lenses

The Lomography Belair X 6-12 limited Globetrotter Edition

Holy moly! Where did this come from!? Out of nowhere, Lomography just announced a new medium format film camera — and not just some medium format film camera. The ‘Belair X 6-12’ — so its official designation — is a medium format panoramic camera that exposes 120 roll film in the 6×12 panoramic format, which equals a negative size of 52x104mm. Besides featuring an absolutely gorgeous retro bellows design, the Belair X 6-12 comes with two interchangeable lenses, aperture priority automatic exposure (a first in a 6×12 medium format camera) and the ability to select between the classic 6×6 format, the 35mm-like 6×9 format or the panoramic 6×12 format. Continue reading…