Bent Plastic Dreams


You can take a handy screw driver and jam your PN2011 lens open forever! The long exposure opportunities are endless.

So you know how I have a major boner for light play? Well anyways I have an extra Vivitar PN2011 and I was thinking that maybe I wanted to try and modify it so that I can keep the lens open always. Well when I got to work on the thing I realized that if I stuck a mini screw driver right onto the back of the shutter (with the back open and film out obviously) and click the button the screwdriver would prevent the shutter from closing. Then all I had to do was slide the shutter down by moving the screwdriver from the upper left corner of the shutter box area and down to the lower right corner of that box. Next step is to just sort of move the screw driver around in the corner there so that the plastic casing bends and prevents the shutter from popping back up. This is a very easy mod but of course it is not precise so you may have to try it a few times before the lens stays down. The other worry is that you need to be careful not to scratch the lens. Once the shutter is permanently open then you can make magic happen.

So the PN2011 has a crappy plastic lens cap that works on a sliding button on the front of the camera and this will become your new shutter button basically. Load up the film and get ready, so as soon as you open that lens cap the picture is being made. Obviously you need to use this only indoors or at night because you can’t really move the lens cap that fast for bright light. Oh another warning is that you still have to hit the actual shutter button even though it doesn’t do anything anymore, but you do this because it will let you advance the film precisely to the next frame once you are done with the pic.

A joy of the setup is that you can just rest the camera on any flat surface and leave it be and it will take a clear long exposure without a tripod or a cable release. Another piece of genius is that you don’t have to stand near the camera holding the button down or working a cable release or any kind of junk. You are free to run around a dark room alone with a flash or a light toy and just have fun and get back to the camera whenever. You can do what is like a double exposure when you are in a dark room and you flash one thing in the cameras view then latter something else. This thing is just so versatile. Oh and panoramic setting can make things even more wacky. Oh and Oh Oh you can also just advance the film without closing the lens cap for a more fun effect too, I did this on a dark street at night. I mean this is just so cool to me that I don’t even know what else to say.

written by kylethefrench on 2010-01-22 in #gear #tipster #long-exposure #double-exposure #flash-play #tipster


  1. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    Open and shut brilliance!

  2. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    this is genius!!!

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Oooohhh incredible kylethefrench... kylethekingofbulb... ; )

  4. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    I love the way you work it, no diggity, I wanna bag it up.

  5. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Nice work, looks like you had fun with this!

  6. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    This is really brilliant. You make a camera with a T shutter. Perfect light painting, or stacking flashes from multiple directions and colours!! Way cool!!

  7. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    @lomosexual_manboy wow, you went there... haha

  8. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    If you need a fix lomosexualmanboy let me be the one you can call.... I love to see my kitchen table in the pix!

  9. sobiksaabik
    sobiksaabik ·

    In picture 5 is Saab 9-5 SportCombi!

More Interesting Articles

  • An Instant Review: Pixelstick Shots from Lomography Hong Kong!

    written by candilsw on 2015-05-21 in #gear #lifestyle
    An Instant Review: Pixelstick Shots from Lomography Hong Kong!

    Pixelstick is exactly the must-get tool to create mind-blowing light paintings with different colours and patterns: 1.8 meter long, 200 full colour and high fidelity LEDs! Grab your camera with long exposure mode and a tripod, and you can create dozens of dreamy pictures just by moving your Pixelstick in the dark. Take a peep at our friends from Lomography Hong Kong’s shots with the Pixelstick!

  • Chemical Manipulations with the Lomo’Instant

    written by tomas_bates on 2015-01-21 in #gear #tipster
    Chemical Manipulations with the Lomo’Instant

    Perhaps you’ve already had chance to try light painting, multiple exposures and long exposures with your Lomo’Instant, but what can you experiment with next? Well, that’s exactly the thought I had which led to giving this Tipster a go. I wanted to shoot Lomo’Instant photos which felt a bit “messier” than what I’m usually used to and to use a technique which would open up new possibilities with the kinds of images I could create with my favorite instant camera. Well, here I go!

  • Take a Trip to Paris Photo in November with Shift and Lomography!

    written by efrost on 2014-10-09 in #competitions
    Take a Trip to Paris Photo in November with Shift and Lomography!

    Are you in need of a holiday? Then we have something spectacular for you from the Shift School of Photography and Lomography. With your photos you can win a four-day trip to Paris for a long weekend full of photography including a giant Lomography package! We want to see your best work displaying your travel destinations so we know that you can turn a weekend getaway into an artistic and educational trip!

  • Shop News

    Fuji Instax Wide 300

    Fuji Instax Wide 300

    Shoot wider and bigger with this new instax camera that has film format twice the size of the instax mini films!

  • An Easy Way to Store Instant Pictures

    written by ladland on 2014-11-11 in #gear #tipster
    An Easy Way to Store Instant Pictures

    Here's a handy tip for storing photos using something that you already have in your bag and is good for the environment.

  • The Analogue Quiz: What B&W Film are you?

    written by andie_sollmer on 2014-10-20 in #news
    The Analogue Quiz: What B&W Film are you?

    Did you ever think about the myth that we actually dream in Black & White? No colors, maybe no truth behind it anyways. But we know for a fact that you can create the most dreamy photographs with an analogue camera. And for that you need the right film. Scroll down and find out which B&W film is the film of your dreams!

  • Sprocket Rocket: a Great Camera for Your Beach Life!

    written by sirio174 on 2014-07-09 in #reviews
    Sprocket Rocket: a Great Camera for Your Beach Life!

    If you are looking for a panoramic camera to document your adventures on the beach, you should try the Sprocket Rocket. It's easy to use, cheap, and can get you amazing results! In this article, you can see how I used this camera to document a short vacation in Liguria, from Varazze to Alassio. Take a look after the jump!

  • Shop News

    LomoKino Basic Package Services

    LomoKino Basic Package Services

    Process your LomoKino films the right way! Get scans, movie and negatives. This is the easiest way to turn those movie rolls into completed masterpieces! Check this service now!(Service availability depends on your markets)

  • Wonderful Lensless Photographs Taken with the Holga 135 Pinhole Camera

    written by cheeo on 2014-09-25 in #lifestyle
    Wonderful Lensless Photographs Taken with the Holga 135 Pinhole Camera

    Stay still, open the lens and snap it shut. Voila, you’ve just taken a pinhole photo with your Holga!

  • The New Petzval Lens Is Now Available For Regular Purchase!

    written by tomas_bates on 2014-08-14 in #news
    The New Petzval Lens Is Now Available For Regular Purchase!

    The day has finally come! We are very excited to tell you that you can now order the Lomography New Petzval Lens for immediate delivery from the Online Shop or purchase it in your hands at Gallery Stores. To put full focus on our favorite portrait lens, soon we will be hosting special launch parties in our Gallery stores all over the globe! So do not miss an opportunity to become part of the sensational New Petzval Lens family today.

  • Photo of the Day by jean_louis_pujol

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-09-19 in #news
    Photo of the Day by jean_louis_pujol

    You'll never know when an opportunity for a great photograph will hit you up so always keep your eyes open and be ready to shoot fast!

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Far and Wide with the Russar+ Lens

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-10-09 in #lifestyle
    Far and Wide with the Russar+ Lens

    Paired with your camera of choice, the New Russar+ Lens can produce exceptional images wide-angle dreams are made of. Whether you're in the market for stunning landscapes or striking street photos, the Russar+ makes an ideal companion during those photographic expeditions. Dan from Lomography Hong Kong recently shot with the wide-angle wonder, and here are some of the photos from his shoot.

  • Lomography Belair X 6-12: A Camera That Can Do Almost Everything (Part 2)

    written by simonesavo on 2014-08-05 in #reviews
    Lomography Belair X 6-12: A Camera That Can Do Almost Everything (Part 2)

    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.

  • Creative Ways to Shoot the Lomography LomoChrome Purple Film

    written by Robn Kester on 2015-03-03 in #gear #tipster
    Creative Ways to Shoot the Lomography LomoChrome Purple Film

    The LomoChrome Purple is easily one of the coolest films to come out in a very long time. The amazing colors and vibe it gives each shot and its wide range of exposures make it a must-have and must-shoot film. Here are some cool ways to help you get the most out of your LCP.