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What it's like getting a new camera

Every time a new camera shows up on my doorstep from lsi, eBay, or wherever, I get excited like a little kid waiting for his first set of baseball cards.

Over the last year I have become obsessed over collecting old and antique cameras, films, filming methods, and what gives each camera it’s distinct appeal and quality. I’ve made it a mission to not only collect vintage, but international as well. So far I’ve managed to obtain not only Russian, chinese, German, japanese, American, Czech, but french and British too. I still need that elusive Italian ferrania eura or a good Spanish werlisa to add to my collection. I still pine for a hasselblad 500 cm, a fujipet, a well kept leica or rolleiflex 2.8, but in the meantime I’ll be content with what I have.

I started with a Russian lca, then went to a fed, then a shkolnik, then a lubitel, etc. Then I made the Jump to the lca plus rl. Yesterday I received the new lc-wide. When I first read about the wide I kept thinking well why do I need this? I already have the other 2, plus a new dslr and a horizon kompakt. Then I started thinking how this new camera could replace my Diana mini in some cases. I love my mini, but she rips through my film like crazy and to have one camera doing 3 formats saves space in
my lomo bag. Having a compact 17mm wide lens in places that don’t allow cameras with tripods would enable me to still get those architecture shots I crave or wide angle shots in low light without a flash.

Most people think I’m crazy, that I must have some weird fetish, but each camera you shoot with teaches you a lot about YOUR artistic edge and personality. You learn what works and what doesn’t. If carrying around 10 cameras, and you don’t even use 2 or 3, that means you need to cut back on how many you take with you and learn to adapt with less. I took at least 10 to Vegas last year and I came back with a lot of disappointing photos simply because I was trying to do too much.

The lc-wide might just be the answer to a lot of these problems. I shoot 120 very sparingly because of cost and because I can’t always get what I want with it. But I do like shooting with my holga or Diana when I want a specific square look to a photo. I’m also eager to shoot some panoramics with them. Vegas seems like the perfect place to break in an lc-wide.

When I opened the it yesterday, I couldn’t stop smelling the camera and admiring all it’s features. I read through both books. I can’t wait to test it out this week. So now I will go back to my list of cameras and keep checking off the list. I’m sure even when I have reached my goal I will find other mediums to collect!

written by sthomas68

1 comment

  1. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    You are so right...every camera teaches you more. It's also a challenge to try to attain some degree of mastery or competence with each camera. Ultimately that strengthens your confidence and increases the odds that you can pick up ANY camera and manage to get an interesting and usable image out of it. At least that's how I see it. ;) Or maybe I'm just a hopeless CS (camera slut). Hehe, either way it's a lot of fun. :)

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