The Lamy Vista was my first fountain pen purchase and still the fountain pen I use most frequently. I mainly use the Vista at the office combined with Lamy blue or blue/black ink. Essentially, the Lamy Vista is a clear demonstrator version of the Lamy Safari. As with all Lamy writing instruments, the Lamy Vista has a reputation for reliability and smooth writing. While using the Vista, I have found that their reputation stands true.
To be honest, I had never used a fountain pen and I was intimidated due to the horror stories I've heard about using fountain pens (leaking, etc). Out of all the entry level fountain pens, I narrowed my purchase down to three: the Pilot Metropolitan, Platinum Preppy, and Lamy Vista/Safari. The clear body and unique aesthetics drove me to take the plunge and purchase the Lamy Vista with the medium nib.
Aesthetically the Lamy Vista has a modern design and the clear shock resistant ABS plastic body allows the ability to see just how much ink is left in the cartridge or converter. For the first few weeks I was using Lamy ink cartridges, but decided it was more cost effective to purchase the Lamy Z24 converter ($5.49 on Amazon) to use bottled ink. Throughout my testing, I used Lamy Blue and Blue/Black ink and it worked well; however, it is a bit dry. The weight and size of the Lamy Vista is perfect and feels great in the hand. This is a great pen for beginners as Lamy has placed finger grooves to assist with holding the pen correctly. The nib writes smoothly against most papers, even copy paper. The clip is also extremely sturdy for those who enjoy clipping the Vista to a shirt or pant pocket.
This pen is an excellent option for a person that uses a fountain pen constantly and will fit well into an office environment due to its ability to write well on copy paper and durability. Even though I enjoy the Lamy Vista, I can't help but feel that the Pilot Metropolitan is a better entry-level fountain pen providing a crisper line and better ink flow. If you are looking for a conversation starter, the Lamy Vista is a great choice. I have noticed that coworkers comment on how cool this pen is. Everyone seems to want one after seeing it.