The Sputnik is a medium format twin lens reflex stereo camera that was manufactured from 1954 to 1974 by GOMZ-LOOMP-LOMO in Lenigrad (now St. Petersburg).
Using standard 120 film, the Sputnik can produce up to six pairs of 6×6 images which can viewed using the slide and print viewer that comes included with the set. Aside from capturing stereographs, traditional 2D photos as well as double exposures can be captured using the Sputnik.
Depending on the user, some notable downsides on the Sputnik is that it is prone to light leaks, lens flare and reflections due to the camera’s build. However, these effects can be reduced with simple modifications.
Type: Twin lens reflex stereo camera
Size: 154.1 mm x 101.2 mm x 93.4 mm
Weight: 809 grams
Lens separation: 63.58 mm
Image format: 55.3 × 55.4 mm
Image window separation: 64.22 mm
Lenses: Lomo T-22 matched anastigmats (3 elements, glass), 1:4.5/75 mm, no filter thread (outside lens diameter: 26.9 mm)
Diaphragms: Iris diaphragms between the lenses, continuously adjustable f/4.5 to f/22
Focusing: Manual, 1.3 m to infinity
Shutter: Mechanical central type shutter with 3 blades, between the lenses. Cocked with separate lever.
Shutter speed: 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15 sec. and “B” (New Model) 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, 1/10 sec. and “B” (Old Model)
Viewfinder: Reflex viewfinder with viewfinder lens 1:2.8, viewfinder hood and lens; frame finder.
Film loading: Manual
Film transport: Manual, with knob
Flash: Contact PC-Contact
Tripod socket: 3/8" / 16 TPI or 1/4" / 20 TPI, depending on model
A year and a few months since it was introduced, the Lomo LC-A 120 continues its exciting journey around the world—from busy streets to scenic far-flung places and everywhere else in between. Here are just some of the many places and faces encountered by this trusty, compact medium format camera (and their adventurous owners, of course!) in recent months, in photographs.
With an expanded field of view and its ability to produce high quality images and capture minute detail, medium format photography has become the top choice of many photographers. Lomography is working hard to make sure that it keeps going with the continued production of medium format film and cameras. The current issue of German magazine FOTO HITS focuses on medium format photography. And with this rumble, we want to prove why medium format photography is king. Take your Diana F+, Holga 120, Lubitel 166+ or the new Lomo LC-A 120 and show us your best square shots!
In case you missed the news, the LomoChrome Purple film that you know and love is now available in 16mm format, in limited quantities only. If you have a 16mm camera or know someone else who does, make sure to share the news! This beautiful film delivers a nostalgic, dream-like effect in purple tones. To illustrate, check out the movie by Julian Hand after the jump ...
Armed with disposable cameras, a number of people affected by homelessness in London trooped out in the streets and captured life from their individual perspectives. That was in July; now, 13 photographs have been selected via public vote and will be featured on the upcoming calendar by Cafe Art, an initiative that "[showcases] artwork created by people affected by homelessness or are socially vulnerable."
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.
In case you missed it, Lomography has just unveiled the latest member of its Art Lens family: the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens, which boasts of the same optics that the legendary LC-A camera has and brings the classic Lomographic style not only to analog but also to the digital platform. Over the next few days we'll be sharing with you the first impressions of and photographs taken by members of the Lomography team, who had gone out and put the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 to the test. First up is graphic designer Andrea Cislaghi, who coupled this lens with the Bessa R2 and Sony Alpha 7.
A true Lomographic gem, the Lomo LC-A+ RL is blessed with good looks and bursting with experimental potential. Get ready to shoot amazing Lomographic photos by experimenting with MX shots, long exposures and a whole range of accessories!
Boasting of exactly the same optics as the legendary LC-A camera, the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 2.8/32 M Art Lens brings for the first time the signature lomographic style not only to analog, but also to the digital platform.
New York is an infinitely photographable city in spite—or because—of its innate chaos. And even when the medium is film, praised nowadays for the virtue of slowness, the photographer must keep up with the city’s pace. Ricardo Lozano, 35mm photographer and Lomography community member, managed to do it for the series OK Commuter, now a book by A Love Token Press.
A few months ago, Lomography made available a whole range of pinhole cameras made out of premium wood. Interested in knowing how good they are, I brought the medium format one on my last trip to Germany.