Tag: excerpt

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 30: LOMO LC-A Night Vision Device

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-01-21 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 30: LOMO LC-A Night Vision Device

    The core of the night vision device is the "Elf" - the smallest night vision device in the world. One beautiful day, one of the lomographers got hold of this device and tried to shoot pictures with it just held in front of the lens. The result was nothing spectacular but a new idea had been born.

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  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 1: 10 Golden Rules of Lomography

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-05-02 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 1: 10 Golden Rules of Lomography

    Whether it's a family vacation, your bestfriend's wedding, a stroll in the park, make every moment count by capturing it with your dreamy Lubitel. But before you get started, read on to learn about what every eager Lomographer should know, the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography.

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  • Lubitel Love from Waist Level Chapter 10: Give Up Control and Learn to Love Analog

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-05-16 in #library
    Lubitel Love from Waist Level Chapter 10: Give Up Control and Learn to Love Analog

    Even the most anal-retentive of photographers, with all the settings set perfectly, will find that the Lubitel pulls a surprise out of its bag of tricks every now and then. It’s best to roll with it - and be a little random yourself.

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  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 6: We've Only Just Begun

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-05-09 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 6: We've Only Just Begun

    The Lubitel+’s creative potential knows no bounds and we will rack our brains and tax our imaginations to come up with every possible way to take the most impossible images possible and showcase them in the finest publications that we can print.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 16: LOMO LC-M, LOMO LC-M2 and KRAB

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-01-14 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 16: LOMO LC-M, LOMO LC-M2 and KRAB

    Similarly to the LOMO LC-M, the LOMO LC-M2 was only produced in very small quantities and was almost impossible to obtain. And what on earth is KRAB? KRAB is an underwater casing for the LOMO LC-A. However, it seems this was a matter of such secret production that even in the LOMO PLC’s own museum in St Petersburg the existence of the 1.5kg heavy cast iron casing is being contested.

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  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 25: Lubitel Experts, Alain Berry

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-06-08 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 25: Lubitel Experts, Alain Berry

    Alain and Claire are respected as two of the world’s premiere experts on Soviet cameras and photographic history - and regularly write articles and collaborate on books about their great passion for these excellent, diverse, seriously desirable, often rare, and occasionally insane analog creations.

  • 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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  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 26: Lubitel Experts, Luiz Antonio Paracampo Filho

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-06-09 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 26: Lubitel Experts, Luiz Antonio Paracampo Filho

    Luiz’s obsession with Soviet cameras dates back to 1962. As a technical photography buff, the most perfect camera that he could imagine was a synthesis a synthesis of the Contax S and a Leica screwmount rangefinder. While attending a Soviet Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, he happened upon a Zenit 3 - which pretty much matched the ideal vision in his head! At that moment, Soviet cameras captured his imagination – and they haven’t let go!

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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.

  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 22: Lubitel Models, LUBITEL 166

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-06-02 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 22: Lubitel Models, LUBITEL 166

    The original 166 is a somewhat rare model - as it’s production number (70,000) is far beneath the mammoth quantities commanded by the other models. It featured a few significant improvements over the Lubitel 2, namely a film counter (rather than a red window) and a coupled advance and shutter cock.

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  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 4: Games of Love

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-05-06 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 4: Games of Love

    The Lubitel+’s size and flexibility make it uniquely suited to all sorts of impulsive and experimental techniques. Shoot 120 or 35mm film. Take two, three, or fifteen shots on the same frame. Take a perfect endless panorama. Or shoot a huge, overlapping, multi-exposed behemoth image that spans the entire roll.

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  • 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 32: The Lomo LC-A +

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-01-21 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 32: The Lomo LC-A +

    Since the beginning of negotiations with LOMO PLC relocation of production to China had been considered. The Lomographers had persistently tried to keep production of the LOMO LC-A alive (remember the chapters “We want more LOMO LC-A’s”) and to continue the manufacturing in St Petersburg, however, they had foreseen a premature end.

  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 23: We Want More LOMO LC-A’s The Meeting with Vladimir Putin

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-01-18 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 23: We Want More LOMO LC-A’s The Meeting with Vladimir Putin

    The discussion with the prospective President of a world power was pleasant. Putin was very interested in Lomography and after approximately an hour when the meeting came to an end each party stated that production of the LOMO LC-A should be maintained. Discontinuing production of the camera would not benefit the city of St Petersburg or aid their international reputation! After the auspicious meeting, some time later another meeting took place with the political heavyweight Putin and LOMO PLC Director General Klebanov.

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  • LC-A Big Book Chapter 31: The Final End of Lomo LC-A Production

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 31: The Final End of Lomo LC-A Production

    After 2000, the LOMO LC-A continued to be produced but constant price increases were becoming the norm. Continued production was becoming more difficult day by day, and both the Lomographers and the LOMO LC-A found workers of LOMO PLC were becoming more and more disheartened. An early end to production was foreseeable and the future of the small camera was becoming more uncertain by the day.

  • Fisheye Rumble in the Pond Chapter 1: Hello from the Lomographic Society International

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-08-22 in #library
    Fisheye Rumble in the Pond Chapter 1: Hello from the Lomographic Society International

    Hold on! Close your eyes, take a deep breath, put on your nose clip and plug your head into a goldfish-bowl full of water. Now open your eyes and look around – do you see and feel like a goldfish? No? Then you are in the right place, as this book is here to save you the trouble of bold ventures like that and caress your eyes with the finest Fisheye-Lomography that you have ever seen.

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  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 3: Love Touch

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-05-05 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 3: Love Touch

    Lubitel love is simply powered by gears, cranks, springs, and a little bit of your affection.

  • 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 14: The 27th Communist Party Congress

    written by ungrumpy on 2012-11-20 in #library
    LC-A Big Book Chapter 14: The 27th Communist Party Congress

    Rapid changes in the history of the Soviet Union in the '80s had a radical impact on the LOMO PLC factories in St Petersburg, and of course, with the production of the LOMO LC-A. The 27th Communist Party Congress which took place in Moscow may have been the last but it was made more memorable with the help of the LOMO LC-A camera.

  • 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.

  • Fisheye Rumble in the Pond Chapter 12: The Lomographers say: “Thank you Willie, our lives changed completely!”

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-09-06 in #library
    Fisheye Rumble in the Pond Chapter 12: The Lomographers say: “Thank you Willie, our lives changed completely!”

    Creative individuals talk about their love for Lomography and of course, the Fisheye!

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  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 33: Lubitel Interviews, Melanie Tönnies

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-06-27 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 33: Lubitel Interviews, Melanie Tönnies

    Bio: Melanie was born back in the good old 80’s and studied English and Sociology. She loves Hamburg, her Lubitel, Lomography, photography, TV shows like “Grossstadtrevier” (even the cast has already encountered her Lubitel!), Grey’s, & ER. She’s a summer child and in summer you will meet her somewhere close to the water, be it a lake, a river or the open sea. Her favourite colours are green and purple.

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  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 32: Lubitel Interviews, Stephan Kaps

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-06-23 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 32: Lubitel Interviews, Stephan Kaps

    Bio: I’m a 27-year-old lomographer from the middle of nowhere, a small city near Hannover, Germany. I like lomo, cooking, reading and music. I collect shoes and cameras...

  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 27: The Lubitel +

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-06-13 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 27: The Lubitel +

    As we daydreamed of breathing new life into our most beloved classic cameras, the Lubitel was always the unreachable ultimate goal. We’ve shot tons of Luibtel images over this time, and we were infatuated with the “Lubitel style” - slow, romantic, humorous, straight, intense, atmospheric, centered, focused, strange, light, silent, surprising, passionate, and amateurish in the best sense of the word! And so, we - the Lomographic Society - with your support and hyperactive energy, have dared to approach his highness - the untouchable Lubitel!

  • Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 14: Born From the Ashes

    written by ungrumpy on 2011-05-20 in #library
    Lubitel Love From Waist Level Chapter 14: Born From the Ashes

    To put things in perspective, let’s first take a look at the time frame. The Soviet Union stood victorious in the aftermath of World War II and laid claim to Eastern Germany. With this new territory came a crucial resource for their burgeoning nation - the knowledge and tools of the world-famous German optical & photographic industry.