Tag: lc-a big book

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 94: Care and Repair for Your LOMO LC-A+

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-04-27 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 94: Care and Repair for Your LOMO LC-A+

    It might be handy to know something elementary about first-aid for homo sapiens, but it's vital for a Lomographer to have crucial information about how to keep their beloved photographic tool ticking. In this chapter we provide you with simple explanations and tips to help you look after your camera properly and to prevent simple mistakes. Remember; any attempted repair that is not mentioned in this text is at your own risk and is not covered under the warranty.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 69: A Warm Welcome to the Leica

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-03-15 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 69: A Warm Welcome to the Leica

    Kodak well and truly announced its active presence on the German market. The Brownie had immense success there before US products disappeared from Germany during the First World War. During this time, German producers decided to develop and promote their own products and seriously combat the models from overseas.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 52: Smena Rapid, Smena SL, Smena 8M and Smena Symbol

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-02-16 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 52: Smena Rapid, Smena SL, Smena 8M and Smena Symbol

    Most of the camera models that were released between the 19605 and the 19805 were models of the Smena. So came the introduction of the Smena-Rapid (1968), the Smena SL (1970), the Smena SM (1970) and the Smena Symbol (1970). The most extraordinary models are probably the Rapid and the SL, as they used a new kind of film format.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 54: Lubitel 166, 166B and Universal

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-02-21 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 54: Lubitel 166, 166B and Universal

    In 1976 and 1980, the Lubitel 166 and Lubitel 166 B were introduced to the market. The 166 was basically the successor of the long-serving Lubitel 2 and featured a more light-weight thermoplastic body and an automatic shutter cock.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 53: Eight Shots in a Row: LOMO 135 BC and LOMO 135 M

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-02-18 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 53: Eight Shots in a Row: LOMO 135 BC and LOMO 135 M

    In 1975, the LOMO 135 BC and some years later the LOMO 135 M saw the light of the day. They were the improved, cheaper and mass-produced successors of the famous “Leningrad” camera. The Leningrad had two drawbacks: firstly, it was not ready for automatic film development, as it left no space between the frames, and secondly its spring was often too strong so that it disrupted the film when winding on.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 81: The LOMO LC-A+ Today

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-04-04 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 81: The LOMO LC-A+ Today

    The LOMO LC-A + however is a nearly exact copy of the original LOMO LC-A (which itself is a copy of a copy of a copy as you know) and nowadays stands at the top of a very long history of analogue 35mm compact cameras.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 76: Kodak Instamatics

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-03-24 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 76: Kodak Instamatics

    Between 1963 and 1970, an incredible 50 million cameras were produced. Certainly, many competitors released similar or more advanced versions (Canon, Olympus, Minolta, Rollei and Ricoh). However, it was still good-old Kodak who once again dominated the market for easy and inexpensive photography with simple and compact cameras during this era.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 73: As Compact as an SLR Can Be: the Olympus Pen

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-03-21 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 73: As Compact as an SLR Can Be: the Olympus Pen

    The Olympus Pen series used several tricks to avoid this problem. By using a complex series of internal prisms rather than a pentaprism and a half-frame format (meaning that you could take up to 72 shots on a roll of 35mm film) that also allowed the use of smaller lenses, the Pen was one of the smallest SLR-cameras ever and stands at the beginning of the success story of Olympus as a manufacturer of small innovative cameras.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 19: 300 Cameras in the Vienna Headquarters

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 19: 300 Cameras in the Vienna Headquarters

    The first sales contract for the one-off order of 300 cameras was signed and the Austrian Delegation said their friendly farewells to the Russians. They had no idea what the future still held. On leaving, Lazar casually disclosed to the Lomographers that the Christmas production of the LOMO LC-A was finally coming to an end. He wished the pale Lomographers a safe journey and went into the office of the then Director General Ilya Iosifovich Klebanov in order to report to him about the unusual visit. Upon observing the approaching Viennese group through the windowpane, with their leather coats and long hair, the former boss of the Filiale production halls and good future friend of the Lomographers had refused outright to have a meeting with the utterly nonbusiness-like young men.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 80: The Forefathers of the LOMO LC-A

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-03-31 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 80: The Forefathers of the LOMO LC-A

    But not all companies hopped onto the newly invented Autofocus-cameras bandwagon, instead choosing to concentrate on pushing the concept of mechanical ultra-compact cameras to unknown heights.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 78: The Uprising of Compact Cameras

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #people #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 78: The Uprising of Compact Cameras

    Many competitors heated up the pace in their manufacturing halls and doubled the wage of their wage engineers to produce serious competitors to the Rollei 35 and its follow-up models.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 35: Mrs. Li Inspects the Russian Camera

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-01-27 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 35: Mrs. Li Inspects the Russian Camera

    At the time when the Lomographers mulled over ideas to improve the original LOMO LC-A. Mrs. Li, was appointed chief engineer and production manager for the LOMO LC-A+. In a small engineering office in East China the capable Mrs. Li dismantled the camera into all of its individual components.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 33: The Online Survey and a Great Surprise

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-01-24 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 33: The Online Survey and a Great Surprise

    An online internet survey was conducted in April 2005, where Lomographers all over the world were asked their opinion on the follow-up to the LOMO LC-A. “Which functions on the camera should be retained? Which features were most popular? And should the follow-up LOMO LC-A camera jump on the bandwagon of digital photography or would it be better to stay true to the analogue snapshot camera?” These and many more questions kept going round and round the heads of the principal Lomographers in Vienna while they waited for enlightenment back from their internet community.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 25: The More the Lomographers, the Less the Lomo LC-A's

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 25: The More the Lomographers, the Less the Lomo LC-A's

    The Lomographers wandered around the International Tourismus Börse ITB (International Tourism Fair) going from one stand to the next. The impending end of production of their beloved camera had left them extremely disheartened but suddenly in the distance they caught a glimpse of an old acquaintance.

  • Happy Holidays!

    written by lucasjakobsson on 2008-12-23 in #news
    Happy Holidays!

    Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? When the snow coats the town white, and the city’s dotted with colorful, festive lights – you know that it’s the Holiday season! The perfect time to get-together with all your loved ones, looking back in time as we feast on yummy food, warm drinks, and oooh - those lovely presents!

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 91: How the Rich Colours are Created

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-04-21 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 91: How the Rich Colours are Created

    There are two main reasons why a lens like the Minitar 1 yields its supernatural saturated colours. First is the high-quality of the Russian glass used and second, the complex coating of the lens.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 79: Auto Focus Cameras Flood the Market

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-03-30 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 79: Auto Focus Cameras Flood the Market

    The Ronica CF35 AF hit the market in 1977 and was the first mass-marketed camera that featured sensors that automatically adjusted to the correct focus. Thus autofocus was invented. This function, which made photography a lot easier (but also a bit more restricted) and pushed the concept of `point and shoot' cameras to new levels, quickly gained large popularity amongst the public.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 74: Rangefinders are Back

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 74: Rangefinders are Back

    The biggest advantages of rangefinder-cameras are that they are in general quieter and smaller than SLR-cameras, therefore quite important for the development of compact cameras. Although the development of these cameras was temporarily stopped by the Second World War, rangefinders experienced a second golden age in the 1950s.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 68: A Brownie for Everyone

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-19 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 68: A Brownie for Everyone

    The Brownie was supposed to be so easy that it was clearly advertised not only as a cheap and easy camera for everyone but also as the perfect gift or toot for school boys and girts. Six square exposures were possible on one film cartridge with the early models.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 39: LOMO LCA+ Forever

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-01-31 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 39: LOMO LCA+ Forever

    In a record breaking six months after the signing of the contract and the engineering start date in April 2006 the first new LOMO LC-A+ lay in the hands of the Chinese engineer – and it worked! However only to begin with only. Further prototypes of the camera were then manufactured and sent to Vienna.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 84: Easy and Spot On Program Exposure

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-04-12 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 84: Easy and Spot On Program Exposure

    With its automatic exposure setting, the LOMO LC-A+ selects the aperture and exposure time automatically. The small light meter on the top right of the camera measures the outside light, then the corresponding shutter speed and aperture combination is selected; for indoor and outdoor shots, day, night, anytime.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 83: The Minitar 1 Lens

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-04-11 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 83: The Minitar 1 Lens

    The Minitar 1 Lens is at the very heart of both the LOMO LC-A and the LOMO LC-A+ camera. It remains unchanged since 1984 and is made to the exact specifications of the Russian State of Optics(GOI) and the experts at LOMO PLC.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 72: Single Lens Reflex Cameras

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 72: Single Lens Reflex Cameras

    With the development of SLR -cameras, the ability to compose your image exactly with a full range of functions (such as manual aperture and shutter speed settings) finally became possible, even with compact cameras.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 70: The Kodak Retina Standardizes 135 Film Cartridges

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 70: The Kodak Retina Standardizes 135 Film Cartridges

    The Retina was notable for a few reasons. Firstly it yielded excellent quality, which was rather unique compared to most of its mass-marketed cheap Kodak brothers. Secondly, it featured a compact fold-out lens mechanism. Thirdly and most importantly, it was the first camera to use the modern 135 film cartridge that is still in use today.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 67: The Kodak No. 1

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-03-10 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 67: The Kodak No. 1

    The first compact Kodak camera is considered to be the Kodak No. 1 of 1888, which used roll film. At first this film was still based on paper, but with later Kodak models was replaced by the use of a celluloid base. Consisting mainly of a rectangular wooden box, the No. I didn't have a viewfinder and therefore necessarily required "shooting from the hip" a technique well known and promoted by we Lomographers nowadays.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 65: And What The Hell Does It Have To Do With Lomography?

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-19 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 65: And What The Hell Does It Have To Do With Lomography?

    The invention and development of compact cameras made everyday snap-shots possible and accessible to everyone. Advances in technology made cameras shrink and reduced their complexity, thereby making them easy to use for everyone.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 48: Komsomolets and Lubitel: Medium Format Twin-Lens Reflex Cameras

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-02-11 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 48: Komsomolets and Lubitel: Medium Format Twin-Lens Reflex Cameras

    In the prosperous years of the post-war era, another camera fought its corner, right up to the late 1980's. The "Komsomolets", which means " Young Communist", saw the light of the overcast St Petersburg's day in 1946 and was an easy-to-handle twin-lens reflex camera. The Germans provided, whether they wanted to or not, the 1938 Voigtlander "Brilliant" an exact model for the robust Amateur-cam.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 56: The LOMO Kompakt Automat

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-02-23 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 56: The LOMO Kompakt Automat

    As the young LOMO LC-A’s hit the shops and supermarkets, the production of the little camera was constantly increasing and the building of the “Filiale”, a 100,000 squaremetre extra-building for LOMO LC-A production purposes, was finished in 1985/1986.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 37: The Colibri Manufacturers in China

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 37: The Colibri Manufacturers in China

    In the beginning the Colibri Manufacturers didn’t have it easy finding enough new and good employees. As a result of the large economic boom in China many experts and engineers migrated to bigger cities such as Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen. However, the majority of people were not motivated merely by a good salary and so preferred to stay loyal to their old jobs and remain in their towns. Production of the LOMO LC-A+ was therefore steady from Autumn 2006 onwards but at a lower level.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 26: The Technical Changes to the Lomo LC-A

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-01-19 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 26: The Technical Changes to the Lomo LC-A

    One of the outcomes of the new calculations was that the LOMO LC-A had become a few grams lighter as the extra parts which were intended to attach accessories to the camera were removed. So for example, on a LOMO LC-A produced before 1997 you would find two small contacts on the bottom right side of the camera, which were designed to act as an electronic interface for a possible motor drive attachment.