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!!)