A simple yet elegant viewfinder camera, the BelOMO was made as a workhorse for everyday use during the Soviet Era. Find out more about this popular all-manual plastic camera in this installment of Lomopedia!
Manufactured by Belorussia Optical and Mechanical Association (BelOMO) between 1973 and 1986, the BelOMO Vilia was an all-manual 35mm viewfinder camera made for everyday photography. Around 2 million units of this simple yet elegant plastic camera were made, but the numbers have dwindled since production was halted. Many notice that it looks like an improved Smena Symbol, especially since it also uses a symbolic system for exposure setting like the Smena 9M and Smena Symbol.
We’re back on track with the Lomopedia series - the place to get a quick heads up on what’s what with cameras, lenses, and films you may come across with. For this comeback installment, we’re taking a look at the simple but dependable Industar 26M 50mm lens.
Here’s what happens before we interview a photographer. We gush about the work though we have yet to find out the cameras and processes behind the brilliant composition or the light architecture. And even when they haven’t used a Lomo camera, we feature them anyway. But every once in a while comes a pro who uses one of our premium lenses at work and our fun cameras off-duty. This makes us mighty glad, more so when their images are good and worth sharing. We count cinematographer Michal Dabal's work among them.
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 explains how you can find ways to do street photography even if you live in a rural area.
Oz Magazine ran from 1963 to 1973 and was an iconic, underground magazine that dealt with some controversial issues. Today, the whole back catalogue has been made available for public download by the University of Wollongong. Find out more about this magazine that contributed to defining a generation.
Robin Rimbaud is a UK based artist, record producer, and composer who works under the name "Scanner" in reference to his use of mobile phone signals and police scanners in his early performances. He has worked on soundtracks for films, sound installations, radio, dance and theater. Robin also has a passion for medium format photography, owns a Holga camera and has a unique photographic style. Get to know him in this interview, where he talks about his personal work as well as his experience with the Lomo LC-A 120.