The La Sardina is a toy camera from Lomography. Yes, it does look and feel like a sardine can, just thicker and plastic. It is based on a camera from the 1930 called the Kandor Candid, manufactured by the Irwin Company. So it is a toy camera copy of a toy camera. The original took 127 film but the La Sardina is mercifully, 35mm.
The controls are basic. Focus is two positions. On my version they are represented by a fly and a group of people. Exposer is always f8 at 1/100th. You can also switch to bulb setting and the same slider can let you do multiple exposers. The viewfinder is a peephole that does not seem to fully align with the actual frame. So, just point it at something.
Never wanting to miss a marketing opportunity, Lomogrophy has a wide variety of versions and accessories. From the simple all black Eight Ball version like mine to whimsical artsy versions. There was even a version sold at Urban Outfitters. As far as I know, they are all the same camera and lens. But being toy cameras, expect variations, especially in the lens.
The focus was major guess work on the La Sardina for me. It seemed like sometimes I got close and sometimes I was way off. The lens is not the sharpest, but it is a toy. The build quality was surprisingly good. It felt solid and well make.
If you are a fan of toy cameras, the La Sardina is a fun design. If you are a fan of canned fish, you may be disappointed. You can still buy them from Lomography or be on the look out for a used one.
Film: Kodak TMax 400
Lens: Fixed 22mm f8