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La Sardina Camera Test Results & Giveaway

Why is film so romantic?
The romantic side of film photography begins with knowing that one's documentation of the physical world is created with a physical change, a chemical reaction triggered by light. When one falls in love, chemical reactions take place producing a feeling of bliss and excitement. Very often these two experiences collide as one finally sees the image created from the simple click of the shutter. Lomography appropriately calls it "analogue love." And now with the adorable La Sardina film camera series from Lomography, it will be hard not to fall in love with film.

Giveaway Details
For a chance to win a La Sardina of your own, simply "Like" Lomography on Facebook if you're not a fan already and make a comment on this post stating what you love about the camera along with your email address. One winner will be randomly selected by next Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm Central Time. The winner will have the choice of the La Sardina Domino or Mobius design. The camera includes a nice accordian photo album and handy book with everything you need to know to use the camera and be inspired. Good luck.

Congrats to comment #9 - Amanda Raney. I'll email you to get more info. / Number was randomly selected using Random.org. See the screen shot below.

First, have a look at the La Sardina Domino camera I got to test along with some of my favorite shots I've taken the past few weeks with my La Sardina categorized by film type and some useful information about the camera.

The camera is named after its sardine can shape, a shape that is shared by its ancestor, a vintage and rare 1930's camera by the Irwin Corporation. Lomography brought back this simple design giving it flare with bold patterns and bright colors. Read more of the history and photos of the 1930's camera here.

Film Type: Standard 35mm (135) roll film
Exposure area: 36 x 24mm
Lens focal length: 22 mm
Aperture: 1:8 Angle of view: 88 degrees
Focusing range: 0.6m - infinity
Shutter speed: N (1/100), B (bulb)
Multiple exposure: independent MX switch
Flash contact: Unique Sardina flash contact
Flash Sync: first curtain X-type synchronization
Tripod socket thread: Standard ¼” tripod socket
Cable release: Universal cable release socket


First Test Roll - Lomography Color Negative 100

Second Test Roll - Lomography Black and White Lady Grey 400

Third and Fourth Test Rolls - Lomography Color X-Pro Chrome 100


Since Lomography has compiled an excellent guide to the camera with tips and tricks here, I'll only share a few I had to make note of frequently.
-Make sure the lens is pulled out to read the words "Only Shoot If You Can Read Me". The word "You" should be in the very top/middle when you look down at the camera. I kept the lens extended here.
-For the night shots using the bulb settings, I held the shutter down for around 3-4 seconds. The camera was always on a tripod.
-Always silly for me to forget this but important nonetheless - remember to take off the lens cap. -Multiple exposures take a lot of practice and mostly luck. Just keep trying and experimenting.

Now go and discover your joy.

Thanks to Dirk Olsen for the portraits of me and my Sardina. Special Thanks to Cameron at Lomography for helping coordinate the camera giveaway. And a big thank you to Lomography!


  1. well, first the cool design of the camera caught my eye...but then seeing the awesome results of the photography was unbelievable (could be the expert photographer....heehee)...been without a camera for years...reduced to my phone for pics :-(

  2. lucid180@msn.comJune 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    I'm not sure how to explain this but, taking a photograph is important to me. I changed the whole course of my life because of it. I know in this instant digital age, everyone takes pictures of everything & the original thought behind photography gets lost, but that still makes it no less important to me. I may never be considered a professional. I may never be known as anything other than someone with thoughts of grandeur & an expensive hobby. All the same, I am happiest sharing my life & the lives of others through images. I take time to show you the world through my eyes, because even the mundane can be beautiful.
    Maggie M.

  3. When I was a young impressionable ten year old and cameras were all about 35mm slr if you had the cash and were cool enough. Of course, I didn't have the cash. My father did, and he was cool enough to introduce me to his passion, which became my passion. He was lucky enough to live 64 years of the early and mid 20th century, at a time when cameras were made as though they were to be the last camera ever produced. They were meant to last, and take some lasting images as well. He showed me a little camera once that you could drop in your shirt pocket and go. It looked like a little sardine can with a lens on it. It was such an art deco camera from the 1930's. I was more interested in the latest and greatest at that time, but that little camera, I never forgot. It was just too unique to forget. Long story short, I have wanted one for a long time now. They are hard to find in great shape. Anyway, Lomography, must have someone working there that had a parent or friend who showed them the beauty of something as simple as the little sardine camera by the Irwin Corp. Whatever it was, it is nice to see something that takes you back to those simple times when you were a kid.
    David Rogers

  4. Absolutely love the photos that you took. What I most like about the camera is that it's a nostalgic in design and use, but the details (all of the different patterns & colors) modernizes it a bit. We're definitely in a digital era where everything is instant but I like the fact that you really have to take your time with this camera in order to get shots that are truly captivating. I also like the film options (my favorite is the Color Negative 100). I've loved taking pictures since I was a little girl so I know I'd have a blast with this one!
    Kim Thomas

  5. First of all, I want to thank you for this generous giveaway! I love the vintage retro look of the camera not to mention the amazing photographs taken with it. If I were to be lucky enough to win, I would certainly need lots of pointers..

  6. I love the surprise of film photography. There is a feeling from film that can't be replicated with digital!

  7. The first thing I love is the cool look of it, the tiny size and how retro it is. Mostly I think I would love experiencing something new. I've never shot with film before, just being an amateur, but based on these photos, I know I'm missing something great. Would love this to be my introduction to that world.


  8. kristen m stewartJune 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    I love how small and compact it is and the possibilities film brings are so exciting. I think this would be so fun to teach my girls photography with, a little bit of analog in a digital world.

  9. kristen m stewartJune 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

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  10. I'm glad you shared the results of your trial rolls through the La Sardina, Sophorn! I'm still drooling over this camera. I may or may not have spent a lot of hours this spring looking at a billion photos on Flickr and the Lomography site that were taken with La Sardina cameras...In the name of research, of course.

    I spent a number of years using the Lomo LC-A and a few Lomography cameras. I then went through a phase where I wanted nothing less than SLR quality in my photos. Upon rediscovering my LC-A a couple of years ago, I remembered how fun it was to shoot with those quirky little toy cameras! And upon that rediscovery, La Sardina was among the first to catch my eye. Cute designs + super wide angle lens = yes please! I'm also a sucker for any "toy camera" that has the decency to have both Bulb exposure AND a tripod socket. Just sayin'.


  11. I love La Sardina. I don't know much about the details but my mother had always had a film camera in her hand. I used to use it too until 8 grade. Not the sardina of course. Somethin of canon. It was really exciting to see the results. Sometimes I totally ruined the photo. Now I use my film cameras as props in photography too. Also, I really love how the La Sardina has so many different styles. It looks so cute and when I use them to shoot I get really interesting shots like the ones you have posted here. I love this give away. It feels like an opportunity. Consider me in! Thank you.


  12. i love love love toy cameras! my holga has been through some interesting times. i really enjoyed your photos and keep shooting!


  13. I love the eye-catching design! (P.S. - Just liked the Lomography Facebook page :) Thanks for giving us the chance to win such an awesome prize! :)

    violetfem27 at yahoo dot com

  14. It has a perceived simplicity but delivers great photos. rick.casey@gmail.com

  15. It's a pretty and honest little thing. That's what I like best.

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  16. Apps like Instagram just can't replicate the magic of shooting on actual film, the feeling of not knowing what your image looks like until you get the film developed…

  17. Beauty is in the eye....

    The camera is beautiful and the photographer has expertly used it to capture beautiful images.

  18. Michael CardwellJune 15, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    I love the soul that this camera has in it's pictures. It's gorgeous.

  19. Thank so much for hosting this great giveaway. Your pictures are beautiful (as always)! I love the design of the cameras and if I win I hope I'd be more motivated to try some taking more artistic photos like you. Thanks! Brittany bfryman18@gmail.com

  20. I've had issues with the Lomography folks' aesthetic in the past, but I'm kind of in love with this camera.


  21. your photos are great! i like Lomography on Facebook
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

  22. I love La Sardina. I have been having trouble on choosing my favorite design. When I saw this giveaway I thought that it would be a perfect opportunity. It would be my second experience with a film camera if I won. Thanks for this giveaway! I like lomo on facebook.


  23. I would love this camera for my daughter. She loves film, she also uses such cute cameras as props for her photographs. It would make her really happy. Thank you for the giveaway. You might have given me the chance to make my daughter smile! :)


  24. I would love to shoot with film! I've been shooting digitally for years and have always wanted to shoot with film since those are some of the earliest memories i have of my dad shooting! It takes an eye and talent to truly create masterpiece with one shot!
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