Object of Desire: Lomo’Instant Automat

January 11, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

It’s a good time to be an instant photography enthusiast. The Kickstarter-infused Lomo’Instant Automat is one of the newest instant cameras to hit the market. As the name suggests, the Automat can do most of the work for you, automatically adjusting aperture, shutter speed and flash output based on shooting conditions. It uses Fuji’s Instax Mini film and sports a 35mm equivalent fixed lens. You can take an unlimited number of exposures in a single frame. Shutter speeds range from 30 seconds to 1/250 sec. and the camera’s aperture opens up to f/8 and stops down to f/22. There’s a built-in flash, tripod mount and an LED exposure counter. The Automat uses a three-zone focusing system that you adjust by turning a dial on the lens. While the camera does the thinking for you, you can still nudge exposure compensation up or down a stop to cope with changes in lighting. The Automat works with an infrared remote control so you can trigger the camera from a distance of 5 meters indoors or about 1-2 meters outside in the sun. The camera accepts several Lomo lens accessories including close-up, wide angle and fish-eye lenses and colored flash gels. Your color choices include black, white and brown leather.

PRICE: $149