Lomo’s latest instant camera is top of the glass

The Lomo’instant Automat Glass Magellan’s images promise to be as sharp as that pun

20 March 2017
by Stuff Staff

Lomo’instant and Automat, I’ve heard about. Glass and Magellan?

Instant cameras are good fun, to which our five star review attests, but one of the accepted results of shooting onto Fuji Instax film is slightly low-fi image quality. Most photographers desire it, in fact, because art. The word ‘Glass’ here represents Lomo’s decision to up the ante, upgrading this version of its Automat to a multicoated, six element/four group glass lens.

A super-shiny photon chute.

Down which light can slide with minimal resistance. And, with further differences including a wide 21mm equivalent focal length and a reasonably low-light friendly f/4.5 aperture. You get a macro lens in the box, plus one of Lomo’s Splitzer attachments that allows multiple-exposure lens obscuring wizardry. Or, in our hands, a hot mess of a wasted print.

But the Automat doesn’t rely entirely on skill, does it?

No, unlike some arty cameras, the Automat has batteries in it powering a brain smart enough to have an ‘Auto’ setting that works out exposure and whatnot. Which is good, given that a twenty-shot pack of Instax film costs £15.

And the ‘Magellan’ part of the name?

Less technical – Lomo is basically saying that should sixteenth-century explorer Magellan be temporarily reincarnated, brought up to speed with modern camera technology, then further educated on the resurgence of retro technologies and instant film, he might agree that a glass-lensed version of the Automat would be a marketable thing. They might even give him one to have in his coffin, as they cut the power and let him fade back into the darkness.

Seems fair enough.

Yeah: easy come, easy go. What they didn’t have time to brief him on was modern day finances, and so he will remain blissfully ignorant of the fact that, at US$189, the Glass Magellan edition is not terrifically more expensive than other Automats, especially given the inclusion of the Splitzer and macro lens attachments.



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