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Lomographic Milestones: Self-Developing a Black and White Film and Receiving My First Medium Format Beauty

This year, my life mostly revolved around film photography/lomography. Let me tell you about my 5 months of blissful lomographic activities.

My lomographic obsession started to kick in after the 2nd film camera I bought in January. It was followed by more purchases from the LSI online store and some outside. I acquired/bought 5 cameras in a span of 8 months. My savings from my school allowance always went to films and/or cameras.

The most recent product I purchased from the online store was a Lubitel 166+. It is my first medium format camera. The first time I held it was magical. I was so excited to use it but also afraid, since I lack the proper medium format shooting knowledge. So, my first roll for the Lubitel was a 35mm film, a Fujicolor 200 to be exact. Using the Lubitel’s 35mm format was really enjoyable. Panoramic photos with sprocket holes was new to me. It gave me so many ideas and even though it would have been perfect for landscapes, I mostly used it on portraits.

In the same month I purchased the Lubitel, I also purchased a second hand, soviet-made film developing kit. I was eager to learn how to develop, that I decided that the pictures taken with the Lubitel should be my first self-developed photos. The kit came with a developing tank and some home brewed traditional black and white developer.

I had some Breaking Bad feels when I started out, making use of syringes, thermometers, graduated cylinders and what not. It may have been pressuring but it felt so therapeutic. There’s this certain kind of peace you feel when you self-develop. You’re being productive and yet it doesn’t seem so busying.

After seeing the results of my first developed roll, I began to feel more confident and started a lot of lomographic experiments and went on lomographic adventures.

I redscaled a roll of Fuji Superia 400, which brought me so much delight and happiness as I added it up to my growing lomographic experience.

I guess you could say that I hit it big. It was quite a huge milestone for my lomographic life. A month of firsts.

The Lubitel 166+ is a loving recreation of the Soviet-era classic. Based on a design that dates back over 60 years, this camera is updated with new features like the ability to shoot both 120 and 35mm film. Shoot mind-blowing images with the Lubitel 166+, available in our Online Shop.

written by patsnaps

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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Italiano.