The name “Lubitel” roughly translates to “Amateur”- the type of person who would have been a seriously lucky goose to have one of these appear under the Christmas tree.
Produced 1949-1956 / Over one million units
Central shutter “ZT-5”: 1/10 – 1/200s
T22 75/4.5 taking lens (coated), 60/2.8 viewing lens
The successor to the Komsomolets has one major innovation – as inspired by the 1938 Voightlander Brilliant – a coupled gearing to connect the taking and viewing lenses, allowing each to be focused in sync. Its shutter had a larger range of speeds, and its taking lens both opened up to a nice n’ bright f/2.8 and had a wider angle of view. The name Lubitel roughly translates to “Amateur”- the type of person who would have been a seriously lucky goose to have one of these appear under the Christmas tree. Like the Komsomolets, it was produced in Bake-lite. And just for kicks – a Chinese copy of this original Lubitel emerged in 1961 under the mysteriously hilarious name, “Changle.”
Back in the 1990s, Gilbert Blecken was a big music fan and wrote for his own small music fanzine. He would interview bands in between sound checks and take photographs of them. He was never a professional photographer or worked for a company; he simply did it for his fanzine. Twenty years on, Gilbert’s photographs have matured into an amazing documentation of some of the biggest music icons of that era. We caught up with Gilbert to ask him about these photographs and the fascinating story behind them.
Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.
Those long, frosty, dark nights are finally behind us. It's time to dust of your Diana F+; wipe down your LC-A Wide and get shooting again! Join us for some fabulous workshops and events in Soho and come and visit us in March at the Birmingham NEC as part of The Photography Show 2015. Read on for the full line up.
It's time to come out of winter hibernation! The warm weather of spring is around the corner, and it's time to celebrate. From a bar crawl to a community group exhibition, we're doing it all. So grab your kilts and clovers and come join us for another round of fun!
Have you ventured into light painting before? It's so fun and there are so many ways for you to explore it, we promise you'll never get bored. The folks here at HQ had a blast playing around with the Lomo'Instant and the result was a bunch of adorable, colorful photos!
A few months ago, Lomography made available a whole range of pinhole cameras made out of premium wood. Interested on knowing how good they are, I brought the medium format one on my last trip to Germany.
As a professional photography graduate, Fernando never goes out without carrying at least one camera and treats it as an integral part of his body. Although he uses both digital and analog gears, he still regards using film as a more intimate way of creating images. Let's all welcome our newcomer from Brazil, Fernando Monteiro.