Tungsten Flares

Lomography Tungsten X 64 on La Sardina El Capitan

Tungsten films are really made to be shot in broad daylight, the glinting flares and pinkish hues is really a sight to behold.

Sillhouettes & shadows work just as well with this film, adding a sense of drama to otherwise mundane shots, don’t you agree?

-Yovie Eswark

Rollei Crossbird

La Sardina El-Capitan


We had joint birthday party some 3 weeks ago so we revisited the fishing village in Kuala Selangor for some fresh seafood hunting cum photowalk. As usual, we got there at around 1pm (we woke up late) and it was extremely, extremely bright and hot!

I was worried that even with 100ISO and a relatively small aperture of the La Sardina, the photos might get overexposed. But they didn’t, and for that I’m relieved. Still very grainy but that’s Rollei Crossbird for you. I think eleanorrigby236 did a review of this film some time back and it was grainy as hell too. But it’s okay I guess. The colors still turned out pretty decent.

But my favorite photo has got to be the first one, we actually saw that ring of “rainbow” around the sun and attempted to catch it on film. And we’re lucky that it actuallly showed up! A magical flare, that was.


Kodak Portra 400 (NEW)

La Sardina El Capitan, Fritz the Blitz Flash









These were taken with the new Kodak Portra 400 on the plastic toycam by LSI: the La Sardina during our illegal exploration of the now abandoned Pudu Prison in Kuala Lumpur. As I’ve mentioned earlier, it has a small aperture of f/8 with a wide angle 22mm plastic lens, designed for use under bright sunlight. 

We managed to break into the prison grounds at 5.30pm when it was already getting dark and the damp prison loomed ominously. I didn’t have any other camera with me that’s suitable for low light photography and the only fast film I have was the Portra 400. Since this 1895 built prison was scheduled to demolished soon, we felt that we had to get in no matter what, and I took the chance that my expensive Portra won’t be wasted in a toycam.

All photos were taken with the flash fired and fyi, the 3rd last picture was taken in a totally dark corridor! Pitch black! I was surprised to see that the pic even appeared, thought it would be ruined. 

Oh, btw the prison was purported to be severely haunted, we were even warned by the construction workers to come back in the morning if we really want to explore the place…hehehe. Luckily we didn’t meet ANYTHING although I swear when we were in that dark corridor, I felt an unnatural chill and just KNOW that we had to get out of there, no matter what. That was one the scariest moments I’ve had in my entire life.

With that said, yes the Portra had proven itself to be a crazy film with so much tolerance to light that it can shoot and produce beautiful results in ANY SITUATION!

Thank you, Kodak!



p/s: That’s me, Didy & Yovie…hehe. We can’t resist, although we felt like screaming while taking the shot, imagining if we’re gonna be trapped there and the gates will get bolted shut!

Fujichrome Provia 100F

La Sardina El Capitan, 22mm Wide Angle Plastic Lens f/8, Fritz the Blitz Flash

Finally, a La Sardina review! 

OK, let me start by telling you that the La Sardina is a really neat little plastic camera that combines the best of several worlds. It’s 22mm focal length plastic lens boasts a wide angle view which is pretty much similar to the cult Vivitar Ultra Wide Slim plastic cameras and it’s Superheadz clones but with a larger aperture of f/8 instead of f11. Among other upgrades are a slower shutter speed of 1/100 with the addition of the Bulb mode and a threaded shutter release button (making long exposures a breeze).

The La Sardina is also somewhat similar to the LSI Sprocket Rocket with the unlocked rewind button and a multiple exposure switch (MX) so you can do multiple exposures or even go back as many frames you want for some crazy pseudo-film swap goodness. This also means endless panorama shots or even the psychedelic microclicks technique shouldn’t be too hard to achieve on this sardine can wannabe.

The Fritz the Blitz flash comes with 4 different colored clip on “gels” and has a micro contact to the side of the camera, giving a really cool vintage vibe and a definite eyecatcher. My ONLY GRIPE (and from what I heard, a common complain among those who have bought the El Capitan & Fischer Fritz La Sardina cams) is that the flash WILL NOT WORK unless you screw it really and I mean REALLY tightly till your fingers hurt against the camera body. The flash should also be inclined slightly forwards. In my opinion, your micro contact idea sucks LSI. You should either make a shorter screw so the contacts snugs tightly or improve on the designs. I prefer the traditional hot shoe flash anytime. Bah!

As for the photo quality, well, I think the UWS takes sharper photos, the La Sardina produced a somewhat dreamier quality akin to the Diana. But I kinda like the soft focus so that’s a plus.

I also like the fact that I could carry this fish anywhere and at anytime, especially for night shots which is previously unheard of with the UWS. Well, provided that the FLASH WORKS! I’m not a happy camper with regards to the flash here.

In summary, I’m pretty much satisfied with my La Sardina and the design is pretty cute. As for the photowalk I had to the Pudu Prison ruins (circa 1891), let’s just say it was really scary and I will save that for later post(s), complete with the interior shots of this oldest Malaysian prison.

Enjoy your lazy Sunday.


p/s: That’s me and my El Capitan (Thank God the flash fired!!)