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!
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!
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.
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.
As all you lomographers will know, since its re-inception we have been following the tracks of the Petzval Lens. Indeed, this bokeh-genius has been traveling far and wide, falling into the hands of many a photographer the world over. We decided to put together this little catalog of talented artists and their most enticing photographs, shot using the Petzval lens, so we can show you what wonders and mischief we have brought upon us. Come take a look at the outcome of the Petzval’s transnational journey.
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.
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.
There's a lot that you can do with a Lomo LC-A+/Lomo LC-Wide and a Krab, besides the obvious (which is take it in the water with you). Get creative by trying various angles and perspectives; you'll be surprised how a slight tilt can make a dramatic difference to your photos. Take a look at the gallery below for some inspiration!