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The Lomo'instant Automat Glass is a more advanced camera for Fuji Instax Mini film. It was launched in 2017. There are some accessories, as a close-up lens and  a splitzer. Obviously they took their Lomo'Instant Automat from 2016 and added a luminous, very wide angled, multi-coated lens. Let's have a look at the camera specs.

Technical Specifications:

Film Format: Fujifilm Instax Mini Film
Exposure Area: 62mm x 46mm
Lens Focal Length: 38mm (21mm equiv.)
Aperture: F 4.5, F 22, (+1 -1)
Shutter Speed: Bulb Mode,  8s - 1/250s
Film Ejection Automatic
Multiple Exposures: Unlimited
Flash: guide No.: 9
Tripod Mount: Yes
Film Counter: LED
Flash automatic or manual
Remote Control Range: In sunshine: 1-2m, Indoors: 5m
Battery Supply 2x CR2
Remote Control Battery Supply: 1 x 1632 battery (3V)
Filter Thread: 43mm
Size: 11.4 x 8.9 x 6.7 cm
Weight: 354 gr.


Some pictures of the camera:

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The box.

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Box open.

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What's in the box: Camera, splitzer, close-up lens,
the cap, which is a remote control, instructions and 2 small boxes.One little box contains picture frames, the other only picture cards.

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The camera with splitzer, remote/cap and close-up lens between 2 caps.

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Cap/remote on camera.

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Cap off. Camera front. I tend to use these cameras in landscape mode, as on the photo. But let's use the indications for the "normal" mode, which is portrait mode for Instax Mini Film. Finder on the upper left edge, selfie mirror, which is the shutter button as well. Lens, flash and sensors. There are colour filters for the flash (guide number 9). The lens is an ultra wide lens, 21mm equivalent. Under the lens: lens closure lock, has to be pressed if you want to move the lens into "off" position.

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Camera left and...

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...right side only have a strap lug.
The bottom has a tripod socket.

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Camera top: ejection slot. 10 LED as a film counter.

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Around the lens barrel 4 positions: off and
3 focus settings: 1m to infinity, 0.6m, 0.3m.

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Back. Tiny viewer window. Remote sensor. Control panel: Flash on/off, multi exposure, lighten/darken and automatic shutter/B.
Battery compartment, takes 2 CR2 batteries.
Film presence window and back opening lever.

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Lens set to 0.3m.

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Lens set to
1m-infinity.

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Film Compartment.

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Camera and close-up lens.

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Colse-up lens mounted.

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The splitzer lets you take 2 half pictures on one photo with the aid of multi exposure. Splitzer mounted, one half open.

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The other half open for the second picture.

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Other divisions are possible, e.g. quarters.

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Lomo'Instant Automat and Lomo'Instant Automat Glass. They share the same body.

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The Lomo'Instant Automat Glass has a longer lens barrel than the Lomo'Instant Automat although the focal length is much shorter.

If you unpack the camera, there are a few things which are annoying. It begins with the batteries. There are no batteries in the package, as usual nowadays. But CR2 batteries are not common, even if you have a spare one from your 80s mini cameras, it's not enough, you need 2 of them. You can easily find them online for reasonable prices, but if you ask a local photo dealer, they are expensive. Same thing for the remote control: CR1632 batteries are not common at all, a CR2025 (as in their Wide model's remote) would have been better, or 2 common LR types. The next thing: switching the camera on and off. You can turn the lens barrel to one of the distance settings which switches the camera on, but to switch it off, you have to turn it back and press a button at the same time. That's a little bit awkward. Speaking of awkward: using the selfie mirror as a shutter button is really strange. You usually try to keep the mirror clean, but on this camera  you have to press it with your (sticky) finger.

The Lomo'instant Automat Glass is a lightweight camera, easy to handle. It has an only automatic shutter (with a wide range of speeds) or B setting, and it has only 2 apertures that you can't choose.  Multiple exposure is easy. The picture results are fine on bright days, there is quite some vignetting, as on other wide angle cameras. The flash is too weak. It only lights subjects within a 2m range. So for the very close wide angle portraits, often shown, it's fine, but it won't light a normal interior photo. On dull days, pictures are much too dark, even with +1 compensation. The finder is ways off. If you frame a full picture in the finder, you will have at least 50% more on your photo. Obviously they didn't care to adapt the finder to the very wide angle lens. And it lacks a parallax indication, at 30cm you only get half of the subject on your photo. For an expensive glass lens, vignetting is not acceptable. There is more vignetting towards the broader frame (or ejection side) of the photos. I have 2 of these that do the same and the picture result on the web seem to confirm this. I love wide angles, so for me it's a bit of a deception.

I got my first camera via a classified ad for less than half the price, so i'm OK with it. Then a friend offered me a second one which was soon defective, it had light leaks around the lens barrel. This fault has been described on several forums. Anyway, picture results for non-experimental photos are ways behind the Fuji cameras. For the price of this camera you can easily get the Fuji Instax Neo 90 which is much better. But the Fuji can't really take night photos. So it's a choice to make.

Some gereral words about Lomography and their service: There is a 2-year warranty, at least in Europe. My personal experience with their service is good so far. As most of their cameras are made of (cheap) plastic, there is no repair, they just exchange your defective camera. You have to send it in to their Vienna firm at your expenses, which is not cheap if you are not based in Austria, but they try to compensate by adding film or so to the return. You absolutely need a proof of purchase, there was heavy abuse by fraudulent customers they told me. So if you buy second hand or your camera is gift, be sure to put your hands on the proof of purchase. After  the 2-years warranty period it's over. They will try to help for the expensive not-so-plastic cameras like the LC series, but for the rest there is no repair. Keep this in mind for the prices you pay for older gear.

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