I'm new to Lomography and I've been using the Smena 8M. I want others to know why I feel this camera is worthwhile. Don't think just shoot is not easy to apply to this kind of camera as it is very experimental. Just like doing an experiment when you got the variables to alter and adjust.
When I saw this camera for the first time, I never realized the potential it has. A really good camera. I love to do street and landscape shooting and I think this is the camera that I need. It is my 2nd camera after my Diana Mini and I done some research before buying it. I really like the idea of experimenting, tweaking the settings and finally feeling the overwhelming suspense waiting for the film to be processed.
At first I was not quite interested in this camera because of its appearance but hey, thats how they made it in the 70’s. I even downloaded the manual before I bought the camera just to get to know my future companion. After going through the manual, I guess this is the camera that suits my style. From the shutter speed, the aperture and the distance setting, all of them can be adjust according to my preferences.
Even though I had some problems with the exposure counter but it never stops me trying to figure out this old fashioned yet youthful camera. After 3 rolls, I just can’t wait to see the end product and it didn’t disappoint me. I never thought this odd looking camera would produce such clear and superb images.
Somehow the problematic exposure counter and the ‘love to stuck’ rewind mechanism both seems to be blessing in disguise. I really like the light leaking into my shots. I know is not a good idea to open up the camera back in bright condition but for me it is a priceless effect.
Some might think its not a good choice for a newbie like me, but this Smena 8M is beyond expectations as it can be your shooting lab, playground or football field to play on.
The Lomo Smena 8m is a classic mid-80s icon dug deep from LOMO factory. Its 3-element glass Triplet lens yields eye-popping colour and contrast, and its manual settings gives you full control over your images. Get your hands on this piece of photographic history here.