This is the story of how I got my beloved camera and found the perfect match for her.
The first time I saw her, she was full of dust hidden between old books and clothes on a little flea market of the State of Mexico. My first thought was that it was useless but I fell in love and decided to take the risk; so I made it mine, and surprisingly, for a very cheap price of $400.00 MXN (around $30 dollars).
I was so excited; it was my first SLR so I cleaned it, tested it, and fortunately all the dust went away. It looked like new!
So after some test rolls I decided to load a black and white film on it and since I didn’t have the stuff to develop film on my house, I gave a try on Kodak BW400CN. I didn’t know how this film will work or what to expect from it but when I got the negatives from the Lab I was surprised with the results. It quickly became one of my favorite films, and of course, of my Nikon FM too.
This is my winning team and here is the gallery to prove what they can do:
The Kodak Autographic is the first really old camera I bought. I didn’t really know how it worked and had no idea that this nearly century-old camera would kick off a passion for collecting, fixing, and shooting with vintage cameras.
The middle of the 20th century was the perfect era to be a film photographer from different industries. We found this old documentary film from Kodak on looking for a photographic career from the likeliest to the unlikeliest of areas.
We constantly search far and wide, meticulously seek out, hunt down, and hand-pick some of the most experimental and alternative gear out there - and we've now gathered them all in one easy to browse shop category, ready for the picking! In the Lomo-Bazaar, you canalso be part of our process of collecting fresh new products, rare treasures, and crowd-funded creations to sell on the shop - after all, they’re all for you! Get in touch with us to share your suggestions for amazing gear - go on, we’re all ears!
Mitchell Wojcik is based in Brooklyn, New York. He likes "Ghostbusters, and to make whatever comes to mind and document my life as I go." He used to put a lot of thought into things, but now prefers to have fun and not think about it at all. Hmm, sounds like a perfect match for the Lomo'Instant Automat Glass!
Capturing a story through the lens is an easily mastered feat for the photographer. Anyone can tell a story, but not everyone can make up their own. English artist and illustrator Katie Eleanor writes her own stories of fantasy and color with her camera.
By far the oddest-looking camera I own, the Electric Eye is an auto-exposure viewfinder camera made by Bell & Howell in the late 1950s. I picked one up online and ended up with another one, that came with a very cool, retro looking carrying case, from my grandfather. It took a little while to try these two out but after running some film I found that this camera is a lot of fun to shoot with.
This travel story re-imagines my brief stop at the Frontier Bar in Dunkirk, Montana in 1957. I photographed images found on the internet to reconstruct a visual context of our road trip, as all the negatives and color slides are lost.
Our beloved Lomo LC-A camera turns 32 this year! Through the years, we've seen this classic compact camera switch its color palettes and designs. But beyond the change in its looks is a story or milestone to raise our glasses to.