One fellow from the Lomography Headquarters in Vienna did the unthinkable: use one of our Lomography Experimental Lens to shoot on film. Read on to find out more.
Our resident hack Michael Emhofer of course had to make a few modifications before shooting could take place. Here is a step-by-step tipster on how you can make use of your Lomography Experimental Lens with 110 cartridge film.
What you’ll need:
Black paper or better yet,120 film backing paper
Lens from the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit
110 film casette
A sharp knife
1. First take the knife and cut away a small piece of the cartridge on the side where the winding gear is located (on the left side in the photo below). This will enable you to wind the film later on.
2. Next, take some of the paper, cut it to fit over the film as depicted (make sure to leave a small window to actually see the frame counter on the back).
3. Tape the paper onto the cartridge, leaving a opening towards the front.
4. Get your lens. It has 3 screws that hold the micro four thirds mount. Remove the 3 screws and remove the now loose mount. Keep the mount to re-add it once you want to use the lens with a digital camera again.
5. Tape your prepared cartridge to the lens. Make sure that the plastic of the lens is bumping directly against the plastic of the cartridge to minimize the lens-film distance.
6. Almost done! Check if there are no light leaks (or, depending on your preference, make sure that the new camera has some leaks) and close the shutter. You should be able to trigger the shutter normally once it’s closed.
7. After the shutter is closed, wind the film until you see the number ‘1’. Take a picture and advance to the next frame using the gear that was exposed in the first step.The Camera is only useable as a macro camera and when the lens is set to the closest focus setting it should be focused around 3 to 5 centimeters in front of the lens.
8. Once the film is full, wind it until you see ‘xxxxx’ in the frame counter and (gently) remove the tape and send your film off for processing.
So how did the shoot turn out? Here’s a sample shot:
And we thought those lenses were for Micro 4/3 cameras alone. Go ahead, experiment!