• The Nikon F5

    written by mattcharnock on 2011-04-24 in #reviews
    The Nikon F5

    Here's the much awaited decided sequel of the four way battle royale for the coveted award of “Best Camera From An In Law” So, LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!!

  • The Canon AE - 1

    written by mattcharnock on 2011-04-23 in #reviews
    The Canon AE - 1

    When I first moved to Denmark my in laws seem to think that I like cameras and to them this meant I could be a dumping ground for all their old junk. In my first week I inherited 4 cameras A canon AE 1, Nikon F5, Minolta SRT 3o3 and a canon canonette- I like my In laws. SO I decided I will review them all in a four way battle royale for the coverted award of “Best Camera From An In Law” I will be judging the cameras on 4 elements (each with a maximum available score of 10 Woops). The elements are: 1 Aesthetics, 2 Functionality and practicality, 3 image quality, 4 Mattness ( I am not really sure what this is yet) and to help me out I have called in some top quality A list celeb judges. So: LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!!

  • My Analogue Heart

    written by mattcharnock on 2011-03-21 in #lifestyle
    My Analogue Heart

    So I have been missing from the Lomography world for a while now. I am unsure what happened but something inside me broke, something went, something unseen, unheard and unknown silently left and analogue photography, film, cameras and Lomo was nothing more than a void.

  • Negative Fashion

    written by mattcharnock on 2010-06-25 in #gear #tipster
    Negative Fashion

    Don't have any thing to wear? does this make you feel down? Have you used up all your savings on those lovely celluloid films you recently hoarded? Dont' be negative - wear them!

  • The Importance Of Lomography

    written by mattcharnock on 2010-06-16 in #lifestyle
    The Importance Of Lomography

    For a while now I have been wanting to write about the importance of Lomography, not just in terms of keeping analogue alive, but the importance of the community and the actual effect of Lomography on the individual. Until recently I did not really know how to begin but now I do.

  • The Smeller

    written by mattcharnock on 2010-03-16 in #world #locations
    The Smeller

    The city of Aarhus has a very large and active film and media side. So big in fact that they built a purpose made office building with studios so that more collaborations could be forged. I was fortunate enough to work with Picturewise in this complex.

  • Bazar Vest

    written by mattcharnock on 2010-03-13 in #world #locations
    Bazar Vest

    In the middle of a rather snowy Denmark (well sometimes its not snowy) is a little piece of eastern culture. Bazar Vest is a Turkish market, but it's more than that, it's a mini Turkey.

  • Garden Gallery

    written by mattcharnock on 2010-03-12 in #world #locations
    Garden Gallery

    This is not really a location you will find on any map, but should you find yourself in Vammen in Denmark then I am sure the curator of this ever changing wonder land would be more than happy to give you a look round (and probably give you a beer).

  • Carpe Friday

    written by mattcharnock on 2010-02-12 in #news
    Carpe Friday

    It's Friday, Friday, Friday! Let's bring some good vibes and analogue cheer with everyone's favourite woop woop veteran!

  • Amazing Flashing Baubles

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-12-21 in #gear #tipster
    Amazing Flashing Baubles

    Ho ho ho ho ho Lomo!!! Christmas is here and if you are anything like me, you have started to stock up on film and the like, but what about your flash? Why not give it a very festive makeover!

  • mattcharnock's LOMO LC-A Race Commentary (The Story So Far)

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-10-05 in #news
    mattcharnock's LOMO LC-A Race Commentary (The Story So Far)

    When I first had the idea for the race I thought it was going to be a quirky bit of fun, when LSI got involved it took on a whole new life. To the point where if I stop and think I am unsure if I can actually comprehend the magnitude of what is happening. So many people are now involved all over the world. This thought has really excited me.

  • Lomography X-Pro Slide (35mm, 200 iso) User-Review

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-09-01 in #reviews
    Lomography X-Pro Slide (35mm, 200 iso) User-Review

    Cross processing is such a long winded term and although that is exactly what happens when the films are developed it seems like an usatisfactory, bathetic, title for the end result. X-Pro on the other hand is a marketing dream! It gives it the illusion of being an extreme sport. Its cooler, much more right. It has the essence of the MTV generation that now use it. Even better though is the title Lomo X-Pro it rolls off the tongue, is fun to say and, if said in a Spanish accent, is quite sexy (how many of you are trying that now?). But is it any good to take pictures with?

  • Mamiya C220: An Analogue Giant

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-08-29 in #reviews
    Mamiya C220: An Analogue Giant

    If my house was on fire and I had to save one thing (other than my wife and child, as they do slightly trump everything) then I am about 99% sure it would be my Millennium Falcon from when I was a kid. If I could save two things then the second would be my Mamiya C220.

  • KONICA C35: Choose Lomography

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-08-24 in #reviews
    KONICA C35: Choose Lomography

    We can all laugh and joke about our camera addiction or our Lomo addiction but there are times when this addiction can actually take over our lives a little bit. It was during such a time that I discovered the Konica C35.

  • Oktomat: Multi Lensed Hero

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-08-04 in #reviews
    Oktomat: Multi Lensed Hero

    So, the big question is will the Oktomat cure my ambivalence by making me either love or hate multi lens cameras or will it simply widen the gulf between my feelings? (See what I did there? Left you on a real cliffhanger!)

  • Snap Sights SSO2: A Voyage of Underwater Blurriness

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-07-14 in #reviews
    Snap Sights SSO2: A Voyage of Underwater Blurriness

    This camera review was not meant to be about the Snap Sights camera SSO2, in fact is was meant to be about a different underwater camera all together. So: bear with me!

  • Dalyan (Turkey)

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-07-06 in #world #locations
    Dalyan (Turkey)

    A reasonably vibrant touristy place 25 minutes from Dalaman airport and the location where they filmed “The African Queen”.

  • Mesudiye: A Little Bit Lovely

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-06-26 in #world #locations
    Mesudiye: A Little Bit Lovely

    Lukas was in a mood in the car. It was hot, the air condition was not helping and sweat was pouring off his face. The water he was drinking was warm and not helping his foul mood.

  • LC-A Picnic Party at Museum Gardens in York, UK

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-06-17 in #events
    LC-A Picnic Party at Museum Gardens in York, UK

    A picnic, some food, some fun and some Lomo LC-A action in commemoration of everyone's favourite Minitar-lensed wonder - at the Museum gardens of York, UK.

  • Fountains Abbey

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-06-04 in #world #locations
    Fountains Abbey

    Fountains of Abbey a largest and preserved Cistercian houses (a monk or nun of an order of the Benedictines) in England.

  • LC-A+, The Small Package Good Things Come In

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-06-04 in #reviews
    LC-A+, The Small Package Good Things Come In

    I am a bit of a purist. There is a certain pride I take, a pleasure I feel, when I correctly manually expose an image and it comes back perfect. It’s what annoys me about digital photography. All technical knowledge can be replaced by a monkey could be a photographer. It is this belief that tarnished my opinion of the LC-A...

  • I Had a Dream - The Diana TLR

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-03-23 in #news
    I Had a Dream - The Diana TLR

    I awoke last night after a very restful nights sleep with a vision. A Diana TLR!

  • Balda Baldessa 1b: I Think I Am In Love

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-02-06 in #reviews
    Balda Baldessa 1b: I Think I Am In Love

    When I was at school, and I was learning French, I never understood why the French language described inanimate objects as either masculine or feminine, similarly, in German. In the English language we just have things. It is a table. It is not feminine or masculine, transgender not even just going through a phase. It is simply a table nothing more. As I grew up and became more interested in my own language the thought of non gender specific objects disappointed me. I think for all the richness and complexity of the English language, for the times we were conquered and our language evolved; that we don’t feminise or masculinise objects is to our linguistic detriment. Of course the problem is that it is not the thing that is masculine or feminine, it is the prefix to the word itself in the construct of the language that denotes gender. So, in English a camera can never be referred to as male of female because the prefix “the” or “a” is with out gender and renders the object itself sexless. Or does it? My case and point to you is the Balda Baldessa

  • Olympus Trip 35 - She Aint a Beauty But Hey; She's Alright

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-01-21 in #reviews
    Olympus Trip 35 - She Aint a Beauty But Hey; She's Alright

    Not long into my Lomography addiction, and I do not use the word addiction lightly, My wife, son and I were going on holiday to Turkey. Before we went we stayed with some friends in Manchester and while we there the Beach Road festival was on. The festival was full of stalls selling all sorts of delights and while we perusing the heavens opened and we dashed inside the nearest stall.

  • My Friend: HANSPAN

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-01-09 in #news
    My Friend: HANSPAN

    **Q1: Who the heck are you?**

  • A Tree Story

    written by mattcharnock on 2009-01-08 in #news
    A Tree Story

    In January of last year I loaded a roll of 120 into my Rolleicord and walked to work. On the way I passed a tree that I have photgraphed many, many times, but on this walk I had an idea. I took one shot and put my camera away.

  • Beating the Credit Crunch - The Coffee Developer

    written by mattcharnock on 2008-12-25 in #gear #tipster
    Beating the Credit Crunch - The Coffee Developer

    With today’s economic crisis we need to find new ways to beat the credit crunch and, by Jove, Hanspan and I have it! Why spend tons of cash getting your films developed when you can do it really cheaply with ingredients from your own Kitchen?

  • Coronet Twelve 20: - As English as Yorkshire Pud

    written by mattcharnock on 2008-12-14 in #reviews
    Coronet Twelve 20: - As English as Yorkshire Pud

    Right- ho, now pay attention. I am becoming increasingly aware of this new fangled digital photography malarkey running about the place with its full screen sensors and 12 point whatsit thingumy bobs, auto focus hocus pocus, image stabilizing face recognition mumbo jumbo nonsense. And I for one have had enough. So the boffins in the lab put their thinking caps on and over a hot cup of tea and pipe invented a camera so fiendishly simple that a dead dog could use, well maybe not that simple but you get the drift. So with out further ado and no more egging the custard, Mildred draw the blind, Jerry start the projector lets admire the Coronet Twelve 20 in all its glory.

  • Fed 3 - A Nuclear Survivor

    written by mattcharnock on 2008-12-10 in #reviews
    Fed 3 - A Nuclear Survivor

    It is claimed that after we have World War 3 the only things that will survive are cockroaches, I am inclined to disagree. I believe that the other thing that will survive a nuclear war is: The Fed 3.

  • My Lomo Story

    written by mattcharnock on 2008-12-08 in #news
    My Lomo Story

    There are several elements that contribute to my Lomo story/addiction: My Wife, my sister, a holiday, and a desperate need for the toilet.