When it comes to all things analogue, trust Lomography to be ahead of the curve. From bringing the 110 format back from the dead, to reviving and improving the favorite camera models of yore, discover the interesting history behind some of our best-selling Lomography goodies that have made a comeback!
The early versions of the Diana F+ were so popular back in the 60’s and 70’s that the dreamy plastic cameras were handed out as giveaways at fairs and carnivals! Manufactured under several brand names such as Acme, Debonair, Zodiac, etc., there are nearly 200 incarnations of this fan fave documented in The Detrich Collection.
Read more in Old’s Cool Old School: Vintage Diana Cameras
This legendary camera that gets the most Lomo love was born in St. Petersburg in 1982. Inspired by the Japanese compact Cosina CX-1, the LC-A was created as the improved version for the Russian people’s snapshooting pleasure by ЛОМО́. More upgrades (such as simplified zone focusing and a multiple exposure switch) and decades later, the LC-A+ is still one of the most sought-after Soviet cameras.
Find out more in the LC-A+ History
In 2009, 110 film production ceased and it looked like the format might be lost forever. Forever? Never say never! Lomography brought the near-extinct 110 format back in 2012 with a range of Baby 110 cameras and film for a whole new generation of analogue enthusiasts.
Let’s time travel back to the 1930s when the original sardine camera, the Kandor candid, cost just $3. Unfortunately, it made use of the defunct 127 film format and rusted very easily. Luckily, we’ve got the modern 35mm version of it and, boy, does the La Sardina come in a lot of delectable designs!
Read more in The History of the La Sardina
Always dreamed of making your own stop-motion or silent films? Taking a cue from the golden days of cinema and the glamour of old Hollywood, the LomoKino’s hand-crank shooting style reminds us of the 8mm and 16mm cameras used at the turn of the century!
Find out more in the LomoKino Microsite
And now, in the year 2013, Lomography adds yet another analogue feather to its hat with the new, improved, reimagined and reinvented Petzval Portrait Lens. Using photographic science that’s nearly two centuries old, this opulent optic instrument is a total class act for both analogue and digital cameras alike! And you thought you’d never live to see the day this piece of history makes a comeback, right?
Read more in The Petzval Lens: A Breakthrough in Optics
The new Lomography Petzval (D)SLR Art Lens is a reinvention of the legendary portrait glass lens that first appeared in the 19th century. Our version is a high-quality glass optic that makes it possible for Canon and Nikon analogue and digital SLR mount cameras to yield the famous Petzval look – sharp focus areas with unique bokeh effects, strong color saturation, and artful vignettes. It’s a distinct look that goes far beyond using photo editing software and filters.
Fund this project on Kickstarter and help us bring back this extraordinary lens for 21st century photographers and filmmakers!