Lomography has announced HydroChrome Sutton’s Panoramic Belair Camera, a 35mm film camera that uses a strange (and pretty cool) liquid-filled lens. If the concept sounds familiar, it’s because this type of lens is included with DIY cardboard camera Lomomod No. 1. Only this time, you won’t need to assemble anything on your own.
HydroChrome is a panoramic 35mm camera with a fixed-focus lens. Thomas Sutton’s original liquid-filled lens inspires it; only this one is a contemporary and plastic version of it. You can’t change focus or focal length, but you can change the tint of your photos. Just pour different kinds of liquids into the lens and see what you can get. You can also change the aperture because the lens comes with four interchangeable aperture plates.
If you, like me, already have two of these lenses lying around, you can fill them with various liquids and change them to take different photos. Another effect this camera gives to your photos is analog sprocket holes, and unlike all sorts of Instagram filters, it’s not a digital effect.
Here are the specs of the camera and the lens, and a few more photos:
|Cable Release Connection||Yes|
|Battery Type||no battery needed|
|Available Apertures||f/11, f/16, f/22, f/32 & f/168 (pinhole)|
|Shutter Speeds||N (1/100), B (Bulb)|
|Focal Length||32 mm|
|Exposure Area||104 mm × 35 mm|
|Film Format||35 mm|
|Focusing Distance||1.5 m – Infinity|
|Frame Counter||Auto Frame Counter|
HydroChrome is now available for orders, and you can get it on Lomography’s website at the price of $79.