B&W Single-use Shootout: JCH vs. Ilford vs. Lomo

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by Michael Nguyen /

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B&W Single-use Shootout: JCH vs. Ilford vs. Lomo

With the recent release of the JCH Streetpan Kassha, a new entrant busts into the arena of black and white single use cameras. How will this new upstart fare against a couple venerable mainstays of the film community? If you’re curious of the results and not a smug, self-righteous SJW, use those little fingers and scroll on down.

When lining each camera up you can see that the Kassha is the shortest of the three cameras. The width is roughly the same among the three cameras but the Kassha is also just slightly thinner in depth. In addition, the Kassha weighs in at 90 grams compared to 140g for the Ilford and 120g for the Lomo, making it the lightest.

Test Shots

The below images were all developed with Fuji Minidol Fine and scanned on a Canoscan 9000f. Scanned as-is with no additional post.

↑JCH Kassha
↑Ilford Black & White
↑Lomo Simple Use
↑ JCH Kassha
↑ Ilford Black & White
↑ Lomo Simple Use
↑ JCH Kassha
↑Ilford Black & White
↑Lomo Simple Use
↑JCH Kassha
↑Ilford Black & White
↑Lomo Simple Use
↑JCH Kassha
↑Ilford Black & White
↑Lomo Simple Use
↑JCH Kassha
↑Ilford Black & White
↑Lomo Simple Use
↑JCH Kassha
↑Ilford Black & White
↑Lomo Simple Use
↑JCH Kassha
↑Ilford Black & White
↑Lomo Simple Use
↑JCH Kassha
↑Ilford Black & White
↑Lomo Simple Use
↑JCH Kassha
↑Ilford Black & White
↑Lomo Simple Use

Conclusion

Well there you have it, I hope this could help you with your decision next time you wanna pick up a black and white film single use camera. It should be noted that Ilford claims a 30mm lens and the Kassha and Lomo state they have 31mm lens, the Ilford appears to be more on the tele side.
If you’re into that moody high contrast look and don’t need super shadow detail, the Kassha fits the bill. However it does the worse with flash where the Ilford seems much better. The Lomo appears to be somewhere on the spectrum in between the other two. As they say, “different horses for different courses”.

You can grab a Kassha now in the store by clicking here.

MN

5 comments on “B&W Single-use Shootout: JCH vs. Ilford vs. Lomo”

    tony dadson October 19, 2018 at 12:10 am / Reply

    preoducts just as irresponsible as Keurig Coffee Machines! Shame!

      Bellamy October 19, 2018 at 7:14 am /

      last time you compared my to Burger King. I bet you are posting this from your i-pad too.

    amigo toro October 19, 2018 at 1:56 am / Reply

    The LomoSimple is reuaseable, perhaps a reuseable version of the Kassha JCH is a good idea?

      Bellamy October 19, 2018 at 7:17 am /

      Take a quick look at the fine print. The Lomo isn’t actually supposed to be re-useable. You can hack any of these, but it is at your own risk as it is dangerous to do so. If I had the Lomo money to make a properly re-usable one I would for sure.

    Daniel Fjäll October 20, 2018 at 6:21 pm / Reply

    Most of these disposable cameras are re-usable. Rather cumbersome and has to be done in the dark. Whomever decides to make a proper re-usable disposable camera will get a good chunk of the crowd that are interested in trying out film. I’ve modded mine to be able to do this. A colour version with flash gels and cross filter add-ons would do the trick.

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