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The camera was funded via a Kickstarter project. The project was launched in May 27, 2014. Funding was met after only a few hours. At the end of the funding period $1,118,333 was raised surpassing the original goal of $100,000. The first cameras shipped out in October 2014. Available in Black, White, Sanremo (tan) and Kickstarter (green body, white back, orange front). Later additional colour variations were introduced include Montenegro, Kyoto, Boston and Havana.
It uses a 27mm equivalent lens with the closest focusing distance at 0.4m. There are other lens attachments available including a fisheye which provides a 170° view, a portrait lens with a 35mm equivalent and close up lens which provides a 10-15cm focusing distance. The aperture can be set to f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22 and f/32. There is a two setting switch on the right hand side for focus distance from 0.4 to 0.9m and 0.9m to ∞.
The shutter has a N normal mode which can shoot at 1/125 of a sec. There is also a B bulb mode. A standard screw in cable release and a tripod thread are also provided. There is small mirror in front left of the lens useful for selfies. There is a built-in electronic flash with a slot for gel filters. Blue, red, yellow and purple filters are included. There are three modes to the flash, Automatic flash on, Manual flash with N or B mode and a flash off mode.
On initial film loading, it requires tripping the shutter to eject the blank cover. The film is motorized ejected when the shutter is depressed. There is a MX switch above the focus distance switch for multiple exposure. Setting this to MX will disable the automatic ejection of the film. In this mode the film counter LED will be orange instead of the normal green. Removing off MX setting will eject the film. It takes four AAA batteries.
|-2||f/32||0.7 - 0.9m|
|-1||f/22||1 - 1.3m|
|A||f/16||1.4 - 1.8m|
|+1||f/11||2 - 2.4m|
|+2||f/8||2.8 - 3.5m|
|Lomo'Instant Sanremo w fisheye|
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