Lomography’s latest film camera lets you inject liquid into the lens


Lomography has released its HydroChrome Sutton, a 35mm film camera featuring a unique liquid-injected lens to create filter effects. Users can inject just about any liquid they wish into the minus, producing unique photos that cannot be reproduced a second time and are markedly different from digitally applied image filters.

Film cameras are all the rage right now, although not as popular as they were in the pre-digital era. Many have turned to these analog models to produce unique images unlike those they can capture using their smartphone. However, going digital has many advantages, one of which is the readily available image filters.

With Lomography’s new HydroChrome Sutton 35mm shooter, users can simulate lens filters in a completely unique way – literally squirting liquid into the lens, changing the resulting photo. A number of different liquids can be used, including those dyed with food coloring, as well as more unique things like teas and coffee. The result is what Lomography calls “experimental photography.”

The resulting images are punch-hole panoramas, as shown in the sample images above and below. The camera also produces a unique vignette similar to what you would get from Lomo class cameras. Lomography claims this is the first 35mm format camera capable of producing panoramic images.

The lens, on the other hand, is a fixed focal length model with additional aperture plates and a tube used to inject the liquid. Lomography will ship the camera with the Sutton lens module, along with the shutter and aperture module, syringe and tube, and the aforementioned four aperture plates. The camera includes a PC socket to connect a flash, a button to advance the film and an automatic frame counter. The camera does not require batteries.

The HydroChrome Sutton Panoramic Belair camera is available from Lomography for $79.


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