Kokakoo, or “Ko” as he prefers to be called, has been an ardent analogue photography lover for more than a decade. The Bangkok, Thailand-based online manager shares bits and pieces about his first attempt at using the New Russar+ Lens.
Name: Sunsern Poontavee
Hi, please tell us about yourself, and what you do.
Hi, I’ve been in love with analogue photography and of course Lomography for over 14 years. And now I’m working for Lomography Thailand as an online manager.
What was your first impression upon using the New Russar+ Lens?
The lens is simple, yet it looks good. And it’s quite small.
What camera/s and film did you use the Russar+ with?
Fed 5B, Lomo CN 400, 800 and LomoChrome Purple.
What were your subjects when you tested the Russar+? How was the experience?
Everything, from people to buildings in the city, and even a dog.
What do you like most about the Russar+? Why?
I like the results. Photos are sharp and shots are wider but there is less distortion. I like the lens also because of its small size. It makes it easier for me to take a photo closer to the subject, and allows me to be friendly with people or even dogs and cats.
What did you find most challenging about using the New Russar+ Lens? How did you work around it?
On my first try, I tested this lens without a viewfinder so I didn’t know how wide it is. But it’s very exciting when see the negatives after that. The lens are better than I thought.
Please share some of your favorite photos from the shoot, and why you like them.
I like this photo because it’s a super fast shot. I took this photo when I walked along the beach and the dog suddenly ran up to me with a ball in his mouth (I think he wanted to play with me). So I took a photo immediately without looking through the viewfinder and knowing how the camera setting. And when I saw the film after developing, the picture looked perfect! Sharp, clear and wide enough to capture everything that I expected.
The New Russar+ is a stunning brass-bodied wide-angle lens. It is a pioneering update on the 1958 Russar. Thanks to its modified lens tube construction, the New Russar+ is compatible with L39 and M mount analogue cameras, digital mirrorless cameras and loads of other cameras using adaptor mounts. Visit the New Russar+ microsite for exciting information and stunning wide-angle photos.
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