the world’s first fisheye compact camera – produced by lomographic society international – is also my first compact camera.
i purchased this camera secondhand via trademe (similar to ebay) and it was a real bargain! Although this camera has gone through some wear and tear, it still works perfectly fine. it has a built in electronic flash that requires an AA battery and only weigh about 200grams. the camera measures 4.25″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″ and only takes 35mm film.
a fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens which produces images with a unique distorted appearance. in terms of the lomography fisheye camera, the resulting image is in a circular frame where distortions bend and twist the subjects around the edges which causes them to stretch towards and away from the lens.
the resulting images are really fun and the camera is very simple to use. the viewfinder is not really useful but half the fun is not knowing how the photo will turn out. however, as the aperture and shutter speed is not adjustable, it’s important to make sure you have the right film for the right conditions. it’s best to use at least a 200ISO film and if the day is cloudy, i suggest you go as high as an 800ISO.