So you’d like to buy your first Lomography snap-shooter. Congratulations! Not sure what camera to treat yourself to? To help, we’ve come up with a range of suggestions. Let us take you through a few of the key questions to think about - And if you have a favorite camera to recommend to first-time Lomographers, please shout them out in the comments section!
“Which kind of film do I want to use?”
Different analogue cameras shoot different kinds of films. Some cameras shoot 35mm film; some shoot 110 film, and some shoot 120 film (also called medium format). 35mm film comes in canisters and produces rectangular photos; it’s the kind of film you can pick up and develop in your local supermarket. You’ll also notice that 35mm film has little perforations along the edge which are called sprocket-holes. In contrast, 120 film is larger and generally produces more detailed shots – 120 film doesn’t have sprocket-holes. 110 film is used with pocket cameras and can also be conveniently processed in most photo labs.
“What kind of photos do I want to shoot?”
You’ll notice that each Lomography camera has something special about it. The Spinner 360° produces 360° panoramic photos. The Lomo LC-Wide takes ultra-wide photos and gives you the choice of 3 shooting formats. The Sprocket Rocket exposes the sprocket holes on each photo. The Fisheye Baby 110 allows you to capture fun, fisheye photos in a smaller, more portable format. Take a look at each camera’s features and pick the effect that fits you!
Ideas by Photo Type
This game is super simple – Pick a photo which you’d like to create shots similar too and we’ll give you some camera recommendations!
Have you already got a Lomography camera? Which one would you recommend for people joining the community? Please share your suggestions in the comments box below!