HydroChrome Sutton’s Panoramic Belair

As often, if not always, Lomography presents a strange camera: the HydroChrome Sutton’s Panoramic Belair. A panoramic film camera with a lens that can be filled with liquid to modify the image recorded by the film.

Liquid-filled lens

This is the first thing that strikes you when you read the HydroChrome Sutton’s Panoramic Belair technical sheet, the lens must be filled with liquid. This explains this appendix to the left of the lens.

HydroChrome Sutton’s Panoramic Belair

This process, although rare, is not new. We owe it to the English engineer and inventor Thomas Sutton. It is also to him that we owe the first color photograph in 1861. But let’s go back to the 21st century.

Thanks to its liquid-fill lens, the HydroChrome Sutton’s Panoramic Belair allows you to play with the renderings, which vary according to the type of liquid used. Lomography offers a liquide guide so you don’t destroy the lens or get photos that are too dark.

Panoramic format

The lens is a 32mm with multiple apertures and a larger recording area than the traditional 24 x 35mm; since it is 104 mm × 35 mm. This is what enables the camera to record panoramic images and print the perforation areas of the film.

Available Aperturesf/11, f/16, f/22, f/32 & f/168 (pinhole)
Shutter SpeedsN (1/100), B (Bulb)
Focal Length32 mm
Exposure Area104 mm × 35 mm

Some pictures

Resolutely dedicated to a creative photo, outside of a realistic approach, the HydroChrome Sutton’s Panoramic Belair allows to mix the real and the imaginary from the moment of the shooting.

@lafilledeer, lens filled with methylene blue
Reggina Idiartegaray, objective filled with black tea

Our analysis

For a price of 79 $ or 79 €, the device may seem expensive but is clearly in the segment for lovers of an original photograph. More than a camera, it is a tool of creativity at the service of an existing or emerging artistic intention.

Without doubt a great Christmas gift idea for creative photographers!

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