Lomography Lomo'Instant Wide

Lomography Lomo'Instant Wide
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Instax Wide format | 35mm equiv. F8 lens | Auto exposure control with exposure compensation

What we like:

  • Largest Instax film format
  • Offers exposure compensation
  • Easy-to-use
  • Comes with cool accessories
  • Runs on AA batteries

What we don't:

  • Bulky
  • On the pricey side
  • No built-in close-up/selfie mode
  • A little awkward to hold
The Lomo' Instant Wide is Lomography's only instant camera to use the largest Instax format. Fairly simple to operate, it has some cool features, like a multiple exposure mode, and offers a degree of manual control.
Like all Instax Wide cameras, this one is sizable, and apart from its faux leather wrapping there's not much by way of design. It's just a big plastic rectangle (the 90's boombox of instant cameras). The build quality feels decent, though the film door on ours has a little give to it and the focus on the lens is quite difficult to turn. It's powered by four AA batteries - battery life isn't listed (we shot 5 packs, or 50 frames no problem).
It offers the most creative features of Instax Wide, if experimentation is your thing
What this camera lacks in design it makes up for in features: it ships with a close-up attachment lens (as close a 10cm / 4"), an ultra wide-angle attachment lens/attachment viewfinder, multiple flash gels and a lens cap that double as a remote trigger for group shots. It also comes with a ‘Splitzer’ attachment for split multi-exposure images. The front has a small selfie mirror and the bottom a tripod socket. A small window on back offers a film counter - the camera has no info LCD.
This Instant Wide uses a variable speed shutter and is mostly automatic in nature but offers some manual control. A dial on back offers three shooting modes: Auto, Bulb and 1/30 sec for when utilizing a flash through the camera's PC sync port. You can bias the exposure by ± 1EV and disengage the flash completely (max output 13 m/ 42.6 ft). Focusing is a little annoying; there are three positions that, unlike its competitors, you must manually set. Focus zones include 0.6 m / 2 ft, 1 - 2 m (3.3 - 6 ft) and infinity. In our use, the Program Auto mode generally offered the best quality when subjects are close to the camera.
Of the Instax Wide cameras available, this one isn't the most elegant or comfortable to use, but it offers the most creative features if experimentation is your thing. But like all Instax Wide cameras, it is very large and clunky: for an easier-to-carry instant experience, look to one of the many Instax Mini cameras.
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