Looking through the review articles I was surprised to find nobody has done a review of the Kodak Brownie 127 model, particularly as it lends itself so well to taking 35mm film.
On the recent Lomo Roadshow in Manchester, I stumbled upon a lovely (if slightly overpriced) second hand shop named Retitled. Alongside their collection of original Lomo Smena Symbol cameras, they had some lovely Kodak Brownie 127 cameras from the 1960s and I was transfixed. The man that runs the shop and his wife are total Brownie enthusiasts, which I myself was not. Hearing him talk about these lovely little bakelite cameras is kind of infectious and it is impossible to leave the shop not wanting one. As it was my birthday, my lovely other half treated me to one of the pricier models which had never been used and came with a carry case and original Kodak instruction book.
The man in the shop turned out not to be just a mere enthusiast, but also a bit of a Brownie crusader! He sells the cameras with a roll of 35mm film and shows the buyer how to load it, how to shoot with it, how far to turn it between frames and loads of other tips. He also takes groups out around Manchester shooting as part of a Brownie 127/35mm film workshop on a Sunday morning once a month. He LOVES these cameras. And as a result I LOVED buying one from him. I took my camera out and around Leeds and then on to the Lomo Trip in Brighton to see how it fared.
The only problem I encountered was knowing how far to turn the advance wheel so that you didn’t multiple expose too many times. The guy in Retitled was a bit fan on the overlapping panoramic images that this camera produces and I was pretty pleased with how my first few attempts came out.
I would recommend this camera as a cheap alternative to anyone who loves those gorgeous sprocket holes. You can pick them up on ebay for next to nothing but for those people in Manchester I think the extra expense is worth it just to talk to Mr Brownie and his lovely lady wife!
The Pop 9 is an analog multilens wonder that allows you to take a mosaic of nine images in one frame à la Andy Warhol's famous pop art. In this Reviews on Rewind installment, we dug through our archives and found these informative reviews of the Pop 9 - just in case you're looking into snagging a fun camera in your arsenal!
New York is full of interesting people. Everywhere you look you, will find good-looking, smart, and powerful characters; models, actresses, entrepreneurs, managers, artists. Because of this sometimes it can be a little intimidating for a regular guy in the Big Apple to step up, talk to the girl you like, or make new friends. So here are a few tips, courtesy of the Lomo'Instant, that will help you to break the ice.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
We're ecstatic to read an in-depth review of the Lomography Petzval Lens, from the cool folks over at The Phoblographer. It's exciting to find out that, like us, they are in-love with the Petzval Lens too, so much that they gave it an impressive 4/5 rating! If you're thinking of getting a Petzval Lens, you'll find this featured review very useful. Check out an excerpt and the link to the full article after the jump!
If you are looking for a panoramic camera to document your adventures on the beach, you should try the Sprocket Rocket. It's easy to use, cheap, and can get you amazing results! In this article, you can see how I used this camera to document a short vacation in Liguria, from Varazze to Alassio. Take a look after the jump!
With a love of antique cameras and analogue photography, Shawn Lin has long been an active member of the Lomography Community with dozens of his shots being featured. Shawn likes to explore the effects of double exposure on different themes and objects, with an emphasis on the presentation of colours. Come take a look of his work of using Petzval Art Lens on his antique camera and his thoughts about the two!
Aside from the Magazine, going through the User Blogs is another way to keep tabs on the latest happening in the community. Throughout the year, it was filled with articles on new discoveries, thought-provoking opinions, and exciting exhibits that surely entertained, challenged, and inspired everyone. Let's take a look back at the fruitful year through the most popular user blogs of 2014.
In this article, I'll show you the usual route I take whenever I walk through the streets of Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, this time in preparation for making a puppet called Mr. Golden. Sham Shui Po is famous for its stores selling fabrics and other clothing supplies, as well as electronic accessories. It is also full of different places to explore.
Before the end of 2014, my girlfriend took the plunge of purchasing a rangefinder camera from eBay as a late Christmas gift for me. Let me present to you: the Fed 5. The Fed 5 has been known as a copy of the Leica M3 rangefinder camera. It is inexpensive compared to Leica models. So what are my experiences of using the Fed 5? Read on to find out more.
Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.
We had a huge response from this competition and quite rightly so, I mean who wouldn't want the chance to win a copy of the new Flying Lotus album? Anyway, we've picked our way through them all and chosen the best three. Find out who has won here.
Ever looked at your camera shelf and asked yourself the existential question: What Lomography Camera best fits my style? Well, here is a quick test to help you find the answer! Just go with your gut and note down the letter for each answer you pick. And try to go with one single answer for each question. So, let's get started!