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My lubitel Story : I <3 Lubitel

I wanted one for the sake of novelty. I admit it. It seemed so cool to have a TLR Camera. My friend had one but he wouldn’t lend it to me because it wasn’t working properly. So when I got my LC-A I decided to add the Lubitel 2 to save on the shipping costs (Oh the lies we tell ourselves).

I wanted one for the sake of novelty. I admit it. It seemed so cool to have a TLR Camera. My friend had one but he wouldn’t lend it to me because it wasn’t working properly. So when I got my LC-A I decided to add the Lubitel 2 to save on the shipping costs (Oh the lies we tell ourselves).

I remember going to the Postal Office on a Friday. I had to sneak out from work and feign that I had a personal emergency which in principle was pretty descriptive of what I was feeling. I was battling excitement and panic at the same time. This was the first shipment I ordered from another country. I wasn’t so sure about this global commerce era. But I knew I had to take a chance since the seller seemed to have had street-cred and his prices weren’t so bad either. When I arrived at the claiming area I handed my postal notice. It was half crumpled from the anxiety I felt while I was waiting in line.

But I couldn’t show them how excited I was just in case they’d have the mind to charge me with ridiculous taxes and fees. So when they opened it up they asked what was the item. I told them they were old non-functioning cameras. They checked the declaration of value. They didn’t quite believe that it was that cheap.It was obvious they were gonna try to pull one over me. I explained the cameras were spare for spare parts and at the end they decided on a one sided compromise. Which is to say I was only slightly screwed over.

When I opened the box up back in the office it was cradled in glorious bubble wrap. It was still in its tan colored leather case. I would get a whiff of the camera’s industrial scent. So this is what old Russia smelled like I thought to myself. I brought the cameras with me to ask some friends how to work it. Even after that, I still didn’t know half of what I was doing. Five months later, it’s still the only medium format camera I have. I’ve pimped it up a bit by attaching a PC flash thingie so I could use it better at night. I also bought it it’s own flexible tripod. Now I carry it around either like a cave man’s club with my hands on the tripod or sometimes I cradle it like a baby alien, tripod legs folded up but still sticking out. I was right. It was cool to have a TLR camera not for how you look when you’re rocking it but for what the camera gives you when the roll comes back form your favorite developer.
I <3 lubitel

written by halfawakehaiku

6 comments

  1. superlighter

    superlighter

    what a nice story and great gallery, I love the 35mm ones, specially the first one!

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  2. ferro_ud

    I submitted 10 images but I didn't write no stories, where I had to wrote it?

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  3. graefin

    graefin

    wonderful story!
    I like it how you describe your feelings while waiting at customs ;). I know how it feels!

    @ferro: I submitted 12 images and the text but not all images are in the gallery...so...

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  4. maddyoulook

    maddyoulook

    the one with the digital and lubitel staring each other down is awesome xD

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  5. icuresick

    icuresick

    Very nice story James!

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  6. halfawakehaiku

    halfawakehaiku

    Thanks Guys! I'm happy you liked it

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