Letter to Smena 8M: Last Goodbye (Maybe)

2

Maybe one day I will have another Smena 8M, but you'll always be in my heart and on my shelf.

Dear Smena 8M:
I remember the day I had you for the first time in my hands. I just bought you in an auction site, and I didn’t sleep well for 3 or 4 days; the time you took to arrive by mail. Your arrival was a day filled with mixed emotions – first happiness, then finally I had you in my hands, but sadness, because you arrived wounded. But with some effort, I treated you.

Your first photo with me.

After some time, you gave me fantastic photos:

Credits: bongofury

After some adventures together, you had a lazy eye, one of your shutter blades wasn’t working properly.

Credits: bongofury

Once again, with some effort, and also some research, I fixed you up, and again you gave me fantastic photos as if it was your way of saying “thanks”.

Credits: bongofury

I had great plans for us, I wanted to buy a Splitzer for you, and I did, but when the moment of dressing you up with this new accessory, something very bad happened. Like before, I took a few empty shots, then I had to check if your lazy eye didn’t come back and suddenly your lever to cock shutter stayed down, it wasn’t working anymore.

I tried (and tried) fixing you up, but I think this time it was just too much for me especially with your broken little spring…

Now I regret having not used you more often.

Goodbye my very first LOMO camera!

Your last photo

written by bongofury on 2012-07-24 in #lifestyle #analogue #bongofury #cmena8m #letter #splitzer #smena8m #portugal #marinhagrande

2 Comments

  1. jaszee
    jaszee ·

    Ahh. :( i know how it feels. Ive been there with my Holga GCFN. but she looks and working fine now.

  2. danbarry
    danbarry ·

    Weep no longer. I bought one last week less than £20. unused boxed. follow thje white rabbbit: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221067228407?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co…

More Interesting Articles

  • La Sardina: My Story With My Old Best Friend

    written by abecd on 2014-07-10 in #reviews
    La Sardina: My Story With My Old Best Friend

    This is a story of me and Sardine, my first ever analogue camera. We've been traveling for thousands of miles and met a lot of friends. Even though I have better cameras, Sardine is the one camera that will always be in my heart! So once again, this is my story with Sardine

    2
  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 4

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-05 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 4

    Read on dear friend and I will weave a story for you. There may be more questions than answers raised by this peculiar tale. But if it’s clarity you seek, have no fear, things will become clear in time (they always do, don’t they?). So rub the Sandman’s dust from your sleepy eyes and take a journey with me. If you think you have an answer when we reach the end, please do share it in the comments!

    8
  • Lomography Day Trips: Ubud, Bali (Part 3)

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-04 in #world #locations
    Lomography Day Trips: Ubud, Bali (Part 3)

    Here's the third and final part of my Lomography Day Trip features about Ubud. To be honest, there are a lot of places there that are worth visiting, but I just picked some of them to help you make the best of your trip. So prepare your notes or travel books and take note of the must-see places that I'll mention below. Maybe one day you'll visit Ubud.

  • Shop News

    La Sardina and Flash + Fritz the Blitz Adaptor Pack

    La Sardina and Flash + Fritz the Blitz Adaptor Pack

    The La Sardina and Flash + Fritz the Blitz Adaptor Pack allows you to take dynamic, wide-angled flash-infused photos on the go!

  • Commutes are Awesome With a Diana and a Smena In Your Rucksack

    written by driftusmaximus on 2014-08-15 in #lifestyle
    Commutes are Awesome With a Diana and a Smena In Your Rucksack

    Every day I cycle through the woods, around the bay, into a park, and past a pond full of geese to get to work. Last week I took my cameras with me.

  • Fresh from the LomoLab: My Summer at a Campsite

    written by sirio174 on 2014-09-23 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the LomoLab: My Summer at a Campsite

    I prefer being outdoors whenever I go on a vacation at the seaside. For this reason, I always choose to stay at a campsite instead of a hotel. This year, I stayed at a beautiful one in the south of Italy. Here is a series of photos which I received a few days ago from the excellent LomoLab service, taken with my Sprocket Rocket. Have a look after the jump!

    2
  • Love at First Lomo: My Affair with the Diana F+

    written by Charissa Pajarillo on 2015-02-19 in #gear #lifestyle
    Love at First Lomo: My Affair with the Diana F+

    When I say that this will be my first and last love, I mean it. I know that it's too early to say this now but that is how I feel about my Diana F+.

  • Shop News

    110 Experiment Kit

    110 Experiment Kit

    With this bundle, you can choose a camera, film and accessories to spice up your 110 shooting experience!

  • Two Days and One Night in Vibrant Sapa

    written by choidaehan on 2015-05-13 in #world #lifestyle #locations
    Two Days and One Night in Vibrant Sapa

    For three months last year, I traveled to 11 cities of eight Southeast Asian countries. My first destination from my hometown of Seoul was Vietnam. After 10 days in Hanoi, I joined a group tour to Sapa, an area known for its hill tribes. This is a photo story of my two days and one night in this remote but vibrant place.

    1
  • Photo Stories: Aboard the Southwest Chief by grazie

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-05 in #world #locations
    Photo Stories: Aboard the Southwest Chief by grazie

    Thanksgiving is marked by families gathering to share a hearty meal and simply enjoy being around one another. More than a year ago, grazie had to spend the holiday on the Amtrak's Southwest Chief en route to Chicago. She might have been away from her own family on such an important day, but grazie was fortunate to find good company with her fellow travelers.

  • Photo of the Day by ditchbitch

    written by chooolss on 2014-07-04 in #news
    Photo of the Day by ditchbitch

    Always have a camera on hand and be amazed by those precious moments your keen eyes and analogue-loving hearts could find. Congratulations ditchbitch for having our Photo of the Day!

    2
  • Shop News

    Konstruktor Collector’s Gift Bundle

    Konstruktor Collector’s Gift Bundle

    With this bundle you get to shoot with Lomography’s DIY SLR and have the special transparent edition to display at home.

  • Happenings on Film: Mr. & Mrs., Tales of a Wedding

    written by jokelangens on 2014-11-06 in #lifestyle
    Happenings on Film: Mr. & Mrs., Tales of a Wedding

    In summer last year, my sister and her lover exchanged "I do's" after five colorful years of happiness and making future plans. It was the perfect occasion to grab some of my cameras and eternalize one of the most beautiful days not only of her life, but also mine.

  • The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    written by wil6ka on 2015-04-09 in #world #locations
    The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.

    8
  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-06 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!

    10