New Gear: The Lomography Belair X 6-12 Medium Format Camera

Lomography has resurrected the bellows with the medium format Belair X 6-12

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The Belair X 6-12 is the newest offering from the film-lovers at Lomography, a camera that revives many of the features of old medium format cameras. The Belair uses a bellows system to collapse down to a smaller size, and can shoot 120 film at 6x6, 6x9, or 6x12 formats.

According to the company, this is the first 6x12 camera with an automatic shutter speed feature, for speeds up to 1/125s. For those who want to experiment a bit more, it also has multiple and long exposure modes. It can meter ISO 50-1600 film.

The Belair will ship with two lenses. A 90mm f/8 — which, if you're shooting 6x6 is 52mm equivalent, at 6x9 is 40mm equivalent, and at 6x12 is a 32mm equivalent. The second lens is a 58mm f/8, which is 35mm, 26mm, and 21mm equivalent respectively.

The Belair is available for pre-order right now at a discounted rate. The plain, black plastic version of the camera will set you back $175 right now, or $250 normally. You can grab a metal version for $210, which will climb to $300 when the camera is released.

As cool as this is, looking through the gallery of shots taken with the camera, you have to keep in mind that this is a Lomography camera, which means total image sharpness and color accuracy aren't top priority. If you're cool with that, this camera will probably provide you with a ton of stylized images.