You can use a wide-angle converter designed for digital camcorders to give the Smena 35 the equivalent of a 20mm super wide-angle lens.
I purchased a cokin Digital Lens 050 wide-angle converter designed for camcorders. It is technically a .5x converter. That means that it will multiply the focal length of any lens that you put it in front of by .5. In other words, it will convert the focal length of the primary lens (the one that’s built into the camera) to half of whatever it normally is. The converter comes with several step up rings. Step up rings let you screw the converter into different thread sizes.
The Smena 35 is not threaded, but you can just screw it on. The metal will cut the threads and stay on there very securely. Notice that you still have access to the Aperture/Film Speed ring.
It sticks out a bit, but it’s very secure and it doesn’t obscure the primary lens.
The Smena has a 40mm lens which is considered wide-angle, but just barely. One of the most important features of the Smena’s big brother, the LC-A, is that it has a 32mm lens which is much wider and much more useful. Wider lenses make it easier to compose pictures. They make it easier to take pictures indoors because you don’t have to step back as far to include lots of people in a shot or take pictures of people while you’re sitting at a table or standing in a small kitchen. Wider lenses also make it easier to focus because wide-angle lenses have a greater depth of field. That means that more stuff is in focus when you use the same aperture. The .5x converter turns the 40mm lens on the Smena into a 20mm lens! That’s a wider field of view than the LC-A or even the legendary Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim. I will definitely be using the converter whenever possible all of my Smena shots from now on. The converter makes everything look farther away to the camera, so you compensate by focusing farther out than where your subject actually is. Here are some comparison shots:
While waiting for the new Lomography gem, the wonderful Russar+ lens, I took some photos at a fun fair with my wonderful Mir 20/3.5 super wide angle lens from the big panoramic wheel. Here I'll tell you some tips about the use of this kind of lens. Read more after the jump!
As the mother of all modern wide-angle lenses, the New Russar+ Lens shoots sharp wide-angle photos bursting with character. The solid yet compact ultra-wide 20mm lens can be used to photograph practically anything, and is compatible with a variety of film and digital cameras. Certainly this is a lens that delivers, but like anything, you can reap its full potential by choosing ideal subjects and shooting from a creative perspective.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the fantastic Lomo LC-A, and while waiting for the new Russar+ lens, I'll dedicate this article to an awesome super wide-angle camera: my Lomo LC-Wide that I like to use in architecture photography. Here you can read some simple tips I used to take a series of photos in the modern city of Latina in the center of Italy.
Get ready to think fast and shoot faster! Today, we are thrilled share with you news of the brand new LC-A 120 Camera. Load it with any 120 film roll and experience the thrill of medium format photography. You’re sure to soak up all the action in every square shot with its fantastic 38mm f/4.5 wide-angle lens (equivalent to a 21mm lens on a 35mm film camera). It's available for Pre-Order: Extremely limited first batch stock of only 500 cameras!
Wide-angle lens are further divided into sub-classifications: Wide, ultra-wide and ultra-ultra-wide. Based on current standards, wide lenses for 35mm cameras are those with focal lengths ranging from 24 to 35mm. Lenses are considered ultra-wide if they have focal lengths from 17 to 21 mm, and ultra-ultra-wide if from 12 to 16mm. The New Russar+ is a 20mm lens; hence it falls under the ultra-wide classification. If you have an ultra-wide lens or if you intend to get the Russar+, you might as well make the most out of your precious investment. Read on for a few guidelines on shooting with ultra-wide lenses.
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With a versatile lens like the New Russar+ lens, there are so many shooting styles, subjects, and approaches you can try with your L39 and M mount cameras. This wide angle lens is perfect for taking architectural shots and documenting cityscapes, so we thought of sharing a handful of quick tips you can try with this new accessory!
Today is the day to make sure your Lomo LC-A & LC-Wide are happy snappers! With our Advent deal of the day, you can save a smashing 20% on accessories for the camera that started the Lomography movement, in addition to our vast selection of other accessories. Move into a new realm of analogue photography with a flashy lens or a colorful flash!
For a lover of panoramic photos, the Horizon Perfekt is one of the most sought after cameras in the market. Through the revolving glass lens, it makes pictures that are sharp right into the corners at an extra wide panorama format. The distortion that can occur gives its pictures a special appearance.
What’s not to love about the Lomo LC-Wide? If you are a fan of wide angle lenses or Lomography, you probably have one in your collection. The LC-Wide is a powerful camera with many fun features to get creative when shooting. Best of all, all these are already built into the camera.
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.