Using the billions of camera apps on your iPhone to take photos is cool and all, but all those goddamn digital film simulators have made people forget about actual film; and wrongfully so. There’s something infinitely enjoyable about hittin’ the town, busting out a shitty analog camera, stealing a few souls, and anxiously wasting sixty minutes at the one-hour photo lab so that you can witness your equally shitty documentarian efforts on tangible prints.
Camera maker/film enthusiast The Lomographic Society and surf company Rip Curl ostensibly share that sentiment and have teamed up to create a collaborative film camera with a built-in fisheye lens and flash. The super compact Fish Eye No. 2 Rip Curl Special Edition camera captures nearly 180 degrees in its depth of field. Think of the possibilities for surf photos: barrels will look even more barreled, and the surfer can look like he’s pretty much upside-down. Not to mention, every-day photos will turn out extra sweet as well—you can capture the whole damn party in one photo and skyscrapers will look semicircular.
Normally you’d have to lug around a big-ass rig to get that kind of wide perspective, but only weighing in at a few pebbles, the ultra portable camera should get you shooting and appreciating film in no time.
And perhaps the greatest perk: Your resulting photos will give off the impression that you live in some bizarre distorted alternate dimension and people will beg you to take them to it – you’ll be fighting off the hot dates left and right. Plus, the camera comes in a sweet colorway. That’s a win-win situation either way you look at it. Hey, iPhone Appstore: smell ya later!
More at ripcurl.lomography.com