If you love the idea of shooting medium format in a point-and-shoot manner but find the cost of buying the film prohibitive, Lomography now has a “fix” for you. The company has announced a new 35mm back for the Belair X 6-12 that turns it into a 35mm camera when you’d like to take breaks from 120 film.
The back is compatible with all types of 35mm film and is easy to install and remove. An integrated exposure counter on the back reveals how many shots you’ve gone through so far.
Unlike with 120 film, which can be exposed in three different formats (standard, square, and panorama), the 35mm film back can only expose 104x33mm panoramas (which cover the sprocket holes). This means you’ll be able to squeeze about 11-12 panoramic photos out of each standard 36-exposure 35mm film roll.
Orient the camera in landscape mode and you’ll be able to capture beautiful nature shots or a photo of your entire group of friends. Turn it 90 degrees and you’ll be able to photograph your buddies from head to toe.
The 35mm back is compatible with the Belair X 6-12’s standard features, including interchangeable lenses, autoexposure, and multiple exposures.
Here are some sample photographs shot using the new 35mm back:
If you already have a Belair X 6-12, you can pick up the new back over on Lomography for $69.