A close look at the Brilliant reveals the Lubitel’s early roots - as the two cameras are quite similar in features and shape. It’s widely believed that GOMZ’s Komsomolets camera was directly copied from this unassuming chap - right down to its non-focusing viewing lens.
The Voigtländer Brilliant
Following on the heels of the Rolleiflex’s success, another German firm (which was actually founded in Vienna back in 1756), introduced its own TLR. The Voigtländer Brilliant was designed as a low-cost and highly simplified alternative to Rollei’s professional offerings, and it entered the market in 1932. A close look at the Brilliant reveals the Lubitel’s early roots – as the two cameras are quite similar in features and shape. It’s widely believed that GOMZ’s Komsomolets camera was directly copied from this unassuming chap – right down to its non-focusing viewing lens. Like the Komsomolets, the original Brilliant’s viewing lens was strictly for getting an idea of your composition. Focusing was set separately on the taking lens. In 1938, a new “Focusing” edition of the Brilliant was released – which featured little gears that coupled the viewing and taking lens. In relation to the Lubitel’s lineage – this focusing camera was the direct inspiration for the first Lubitel camera – introduced 11 years later in 1949. Better late than never!
Coinciding with the relaunch of the Lomography community website is the debut of one of the Magazine's newest series, Meet the Innovators. Here, we'll be talking to some of the game changers in the field of photography to get a closer look on what they do as well as find out their personal insights. For our opening salvo we proudly introduce Cat Ong, Lomography's very own Head of Optic Product Development who counts the research and development of the LC-A family, Russar and Petzval Art Lenses, Diana F+, and Lomo'Instant, among many others, as some of his projects.
The expansive 6x12 format allows you to capture a vast space that makes for jaw-dropping photos; whether landscape, portrait or anything else you feel like shooting. Wait there’s more; the Belair X 6-12 can also shoot in both square 6x6 and regular 6x9 formats. So whatever shape you’re in, the Belair X 6-12 is ready to match you!
Stenoflex lets you reproduce the single steps of black and white photography, from taking photos to printing. It is a simple box pierced with a tiny pinhole to allow light to enter. Put a sheet of photosensitive paper (included) inside the darkroom and expose it to your subject.
Do you know the folk rock trio, The Staves? You will undoubtedly love them with this new competition! On the occasion of the upcoming release of their new album "If I Was" on March 23, we offer you tickets to their concert, vinyl records, and Lomography cameras!