When I first took this out of its packaging, I remember being a little underwhelmed as it wasn’t filled with anything. That soon changed when I inked it up. The silver Lamy pouch that came with it was nice, and will hold a couple of pens.
Appearance and design
With the nice red ink and converter, I love how the pen looks. As someone who is constantly taking apart anything I can get my hands on it’s a joy to be able to see the inner workings of the Vista, and it makes for a more interesting look than is achieved with the opaque Safari line. The pen is very sturdy and feels solid. The only downside to the clear body is that any scratches or cracks are going to really show!
Weight and dimensions
The pen is very light in the hand, weighing in at 20g including the cap, converter and ink. Using cartridges instead of the converter brings this down to 17g. For comparison my Parker Sonnet weighs 30g. The pen is a medium size, and fits well in my (admittedly rather small) hands. The flat parts of the grip mean that it is quite thin, as well as making the pen comfortable for long writing sessions (e.g. back-to-back A-level exams!).
Nib and performance
For the price I paid for the Vista (£8 on eBay), I was really pleased with the nib (medium line). Particularly when paired with the Waterman ink (shown in the photo) it just danced across the page as I was writing. When using the slightly drier Lamy ink cartridges the flow is a little slower but the pen is amazing all the same. The only downside for me was that there wasn’t really any give in the nib, although it didn’t impact the writing experience much.
I’ve used the Vista with both the Lamy cartridges and the converter. Both systems hold a fair amount of ink, and are easy to fill. I liked how there were two small raised parts on the converter which fit perfectly into the bottom part of the grip section.
Cost and value
Excellent! As mentioned above I paid £8 for this pen and can find little wrong with it. The value for money is, as with most Lamy pens, second to none: you get a durable pen with a more industrial (and surprisingly elegant) look which will never give up on you!
In conclusion, I thoroughly recommend the Lamy Vista but would advise that you use it with the Lamy converter (which it isn’t sold with ) to bring out the full ‘look’ of the pen.
Edited by williamseymour123, 27 January 2012 - 16:18.