With exact specifications as Leicas, the FED found its way into the hand of many photographers who grew to love the quirks of this camera.
Adapting the designs of its predecessors, the FED 5 was an improvement more than a complete makeover. From its roots from Leica, the external cosmetics are similar to those of the legendary German lensmaker. Pry further into the FED and one would see that the it could not be too far off from its more distinguished cousins.
At first touch, the FED 5 weighs down in my hands. Sure it does, weighing in at almost a kilogram. Yet holding it up to my face, the rounded grip made so famous by Leica proves its worth on the FED 5. Ergonomics and weight are a plus on such a camera, where there is no image stabilizer or technology to offset handshake.
Peer into the viewfinder and the yellow patch sits in the center of everything. Focusing becomes easy with a clear patch, I was lucky to get one that was well serviced. Coupled with the highly regarded Industar 61L/D 53mm F/2.8 lens with rare earth elements, pictures are great even in lowlight.
In addition to the standards, there is a meter that sets it apart from the FED 5B. No more exposure problems! But be sure to check it against an accurate light meter first!
But with Russian cameras, the quality control can sometimes be bad on FEDs. My copy had some light leaks which I feel adds character to my shots! Silver lining!
So go get one now! From Russia, with rangefinder love!
When a photographer encounters a pair, an instinct rushes in, "Is this a special, intimate moment I just stumbled on?" Or else, those accidents of two objects, two birds, two swaying plants camping together especially for your photo. This might not be the case, but it's still a pleasant thing for patterns and quirks to find their way into an everyday shot.
Lomography welcomes another classic gear to its Art Lens lineup. The rebooted Jupiter 3+ is now compatible with mirrorless digital cameras, all Leica L39, and Leica M mount range-finders. Get expert focusing or some bokeh furnishes—let your mood take you. As for the technical nitty-gritty, a comprehensive microsite awaits.
For some, it marked their first foray into the wonderful world of analog photography. Others consider it a trusty, go-to camera despite having a massive camera collection which sometimes include some of the best gear there is. Whatever the case may be, toy cameras will always hold a special place in the hearts (and shelves) of analog photographers everywhere, quirks and all.
Walk along the sandy shore, take a dip and splash around, and celebrate summer with the Lomo'Instant San Sebastián! Inspired by the Spanish surf town, this nifty newest edition of the Lomo'Instant is perfect to capture your colorful instant summer snaps!
Some photographers have an instinct for the unique. Whereas others aim to fashion the ordinary into a singular picture, these hunters are obsessed with what cannot be found elsewhere. They prize an exclusive scoop on architectural patterns, artisan quirks, and objects that stick out of an everyday scene. And when the photographers find them, they will twist and turn to get the most flattering angle. Only right for curiosities that beg to be shared.
At the time of its inception, photography was considered less a fine art and more a scientific method of reproduction. But anyone who has dabbled in the craft will argue otherwise; that there consists a very specific artistry in the photographic medium. We spoke with Luxembourg-based filmmaker Catherine Dauphin about her thoughts on this wonderful art form. Join us as she answers some of our questions about film, photography, and her short film titled "The Art of Picture Taking."
Art director and analog photographer Mark Hannah introduces yet another fascinating box camera, the Imperial 620. Learn about its quirks and discover its hidden feature in this installment of Vintage Camera Reviews.
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!
Alfredo Buonanno is a photographer who loves everything retro. When his friend Sergio showed him the Lomo'Instant Wide Central Park, Alfredo fell in love with the instant camera, instantly-- and it was the beginning of a beautiful new story. He recently took lovely, retro-style pictures with the Lomo'Instant Wide with the model Viktoriya Tori as his muse.
An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available as an eBook from Amazon.com. In this article, Healy shares her love for vintage American diners and her many years photographing them.
"The overarching theme is seeing people in adverse conditions take matters into their own hands and still find the energy to go dancing or fall in love or create art," Astronautalis said of his new album. We found that pretty inspiring, so we teamed up with him for a Rumble competition based on that idea.
Artist, skateboarder, and photographer Mark Oblow recently joined our lineup of LomoAmigos. Here, he shares his shots with the Minitar-1 Art lens, which he told us didn't leave his camera for many days while he was testing it, as he loved it so much! Read more about the shots here.
The LomoChrome Turquoise's wild color shifts, paired with other effects in-camera and through various accessories, allow for even more out-of-the-box uses. Here are just a handful of the many imaginative ways our community members have come up with for this emulsion.
Influenced by the work of Caravaggio, Berlin-based photographer Klara Johanna Michel hand-painted photographs are reminiscent of Renaissance art. The images are highly stylized and the subjects are posed to mimic the appearance of religious beings. Who would have thought that such mystery and old world charm could similarly be achieved with the help of an instant camera?
It’s finally here! Fully automatic, jam-packed with creative features, and super easy to use, the Lomo’Instant Automat is the ultimate instant camera that lets you do it all. Shoot perfectly lit photos from dusk ’til dawn and explore a world of creativity at the touch of a button. Back us on Kickstarter now to save up to 35% on a Lomo’Instant Automat and all sorts of exclusive extra goodies!