Before the camera that we now know as the ‘Seagull’ came to light, the first Twin-Lens Reflex cameras churned out of the Shanghai General Camera Factory was called the Shanghai (or 58-III, during its development stage in 1959), and it was based on the iconic Rolleiflex TLR cameras by Franke & Heidecke. Come 1964, when the Chinese factory decided to engage in the export market, they renamed all the cameras in production to Seagull.
The Shanghai became known as Seagull-4; there were no changes except for the name and the serial number (Shanghai models begin with 63XXXXX; Seagulls with 4-63XXXXX). It retained the automatic film advance feature, the f/2.8, 75mm viewing lens, and the f/3.5, 75mm taking lens which had a different serial number marking from the viewing lens. The camera’s serial number can be found above the name plate.
“I love taking portraits and silhouettes with this camera!” says eazy360. “Advancing the film is smooth-easy with the film counter knob. A quirky chart with pictures of different lighting conditions and the appropriate exposures is mounted at the back. Of course, it can take double exposures too by not advancing the film and exposing it more than once. With a cable release, shooting on B setting is a breeze to create those lovely long exposures with motion blur and light trails.”
Her photos are distinctly romantic and brimming with artistry. Although Emily Soto is known for her high-fashion portraits and boasts of a portfolio that speaks of her magazine experience, her work, when crafted with the right concept and aptly art directed, tethers on fine art. This series of emotive fashion portraits taken with the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens is no exception.
The Lomography Belair X 6-12 is more than just a medium format camera. It is lightweight, compact, and capable of shooting photos in three different sizes: 6x12, 6x9, and 6x6. Equipped with a high quality interchangeable lens system and and automatic exposure, it can give you beautiful shots in every roll. It can also take three different film formats: 120mm, 35mm, and instant. Read on to find out all about this fantastic camera.
written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-06-09 in #gear#news
Professor Joseph Petzval's 1840 lens changed the world of portraiture. Lomography is bringing back this time-honored piece in the form of The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens. Partnered with your analog cameras, this refined model produces an orb of bokeh around a face in sharp focus.
The Lomography Belair X 6-12 is more than just a medium format camera. It is lightweight, compact and is capable of shooting photos in 3 different sizes: 6x12, 6x9 and 6x6. Equipped with high-quality interchangeable lenses and automatic exposure, it can give you beautiful shots with every roll. It can also take 3 different film formats: 120 film, 35mm and instant film. Read on to find out all about this fantastic camera.
Think the Belair X 6-12 medium-format camera is only limited to snapping square shots? Nope! It also gives you the option to shoot other photo formats, such as 6x12. We compiled some of the most impressive photos in this format for your inspiration!
An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available in eBook form at Amazon.com. In this article, Healy explains how she fell hard in love with the Lomography XPro Slide 200 film and why she takes it on her many travels.
Adi, Ekeu, and I did a lomowalk around downtown Bandung last Saturday, the beginning of November. We planned to use our Lubitel cameras with only one roll of film each. We were inspired by the One Roll of Film Project by four Tokyo-based photographers with their Hasselblad cameras. This is about the one roll of film I shot with the Lubitel 166U, which made me love shooting in medium format even more.
There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.
Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.
Today’s featured member, Herbert, gives the impression that he is interested in people as much as he loves cameras—and he has many vintage treasures. Even a casual snapshot of his has a story that suggests curiosity about the people he photographs.