Sardina Beluga is a stylish, but technically a Lomo Style camera for
135 film. It is a basic
plastic camera with a stylish metal shell, a plastic ultra wide angle
lens and only basic features. It has an assorted flash with the same
steam punk look. There are multiple versions of the Sardina in
different styles, this one is said to be a collector's item. Its main features are:
22mm plastic ultra wide angle lens, only F8, 2-zone focus 0.6-1m, 1m-∞ Shutter ~1/100, B Size 115 x 60 x 60mm
Weight: 160g (without film or lens cap) Features:
frame counter, double exposure prevention, shutter cocked via film
advance, cable release thread, multi exposure, special flash connection
What's in the box. Camera, dedicated flash, colour filters for flash,
poster with multilingual instructions on thr back side and 2 nicely
Sardina can style and size housing. The lens is collapsible.
Lens extended and cap taken off.
back. Viewer, film presence window.
top. Rewind, viewer housing, film counter and film advance with shutter
release. In front of the viewer: switch for normal and B shutter, multi
exposure release. Hardly visible on the front of the lens: focussing
distance, ∞ setting, can be set to "close" by turning the lens tube.
Camera bottom. Tripod socket.
Right side. Flash fixation, special flash socket, and camera back opening release.
Camera back open.
Camera and assorted flash mounted to the Sardina socket. The flash is called Fritz the Blitz.
The Flash needs a CR123 battery and is quite powerful for a small flash, guide number 16 at ISO 100. It has 3 power settings.
Flash with colour filter mounted.
The Lomo Sardina is
a basic plastic camera
with a very stylish and solid metal housing. It has only one speed and
only one aperture, no automatic exposure, no automatic film advance,
no autofocus, not even a rangefinder, a cheap plastic lens that
produces some vignetting and random results. It feels more solid than Lomo Diana cameras. As for other Lomo cameras, I don't
think about exposure, I try and hope for the best. Modern colour film helps. So for me the Sardina is a nice find.
got mine in near new condition with the original box and its sought
after flash for a small sum on Ebay, it was less than you pay normally
for the flash alone. So it was
worth a try. There is an adapter for the flash to be used on other
cameras. That's why Fritz the Blitz is so much sought after with its 3 different power settings.