My first Lomo camera was an Oktomat.The vibrant red, the colourful lenses…It was love at first sight! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to use it for long. Read on to know more about my Love at First Lomo story with the Oktomat.
I remember buying my lovely Oktomat about 6 or 7 years ago. I remember going to the shop, bringing it home, the excitement of taking it out of the box. I remember loading the first film, taking it everywhere I went, shooting day and night and loving it! But then, I lost it and my brief relationship with analogue photography ended. That is…until last year when I found my Oktomat again!
It still had the first undeveloped film inside which wasn’t yet finished so I decided to rekindle my analogue passion with my Oktomat. While I shot everything around me to finish the film it all came back to me: the excitement of taking the camera everywhere and shooting everything and not knowing how it is going to turn out. But something wasn’t right…the advance mechanism was feeling very strange and I was sure something was wrong with it. When I developed the roll it was really exciting as I got to see photos I had taken 6 years ago and it brought back so much memories. You can read all about that and see all the photos here.
Sadly, it also confirmed to me that the advance mechanism was broken: of all the shots I had been taking that previous week only one had come out, and a bunch of others just overlapped:
I decided to give it another shot and loaded a brand new film in it. However, a few shots into the film, the advance mechanism started to fail again and I noticed it was ripping the film sprockets! I was so sad and upset that my Oktomat had stopped working only after using one roll and worst of all: because I had bought it so many years ago, it was, of course, out of warranty. I searched online for ways to fix it and there were a lot of people complainting about the same issue: the advance mechanism on their Oktomat’s had broken but no one knew how to fix it. I went into a dark room unloaded the film and closed it in a tight sealed box so that my boyfriend could try to figure out what was wrong with the camera. Now, this is what my Oktomat looks like:
Even though I only got to use it briefly it was my first analogue camera and it holds a very special place in my heart. It was also thanks to finding my lost Oktomat that I rekindled my love for analogue photography and tried out the lovely Fisheye my uncle had given me 5 years ago which I had forgotten about and was still new in the box. After that I was completely hooked and started buying lots more cameras. Maybe my boyfriend will figure out how to fix my Oktomat (I do hope so), maybe not, but if he doesn’t I will definitely buy a new one someday. As for now, I have a bunch of other analogue cameras I’m having the time of my life with!
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