You can use a wide-angle converter designed for digital camcorders to give the Smena 35 the equivalent of a 20mm super wide-angle lens.
I purchased a cokin Digital Lens 050 wide-angle converter designed for camcorders. It is technically a .5x converter. That means that it will multiply the focal length of any lens that you put it in front of by .5. In other words, it will convert the focal length of the primary lens (the one that’s built into the camera) to half of whatever it normally is. The converter comes with several step up rings. Step up rings let you screw the converter into different thread sizes.
The Smena 35 is not threaded, but you can just screw it on. The metal will cut the threads and stay on there very securely. Notice that you still have access to the Aperture/Film Speed ring.
It sticks out a bit, but it’s very secure and it doesn’t obscure the primary lens.
The Smena has a 40mm lens which is considered wide-angle, but just barely. One of the most important features of the Smena’s big brother, the LC-A, is that it has a 32mm lens which is much wider and much more useful. Wider lenses make it easier to compose pictures. They make it easier to take pictures indoors because you don’t have to step back as far to include lots of people in a shot or take pictures of people while you’re sitting at a table or standing in a small kitchen. Wider lenses also make it easier to focus because wide-angle lenses have a greater depth of field. That means that more stuff is in focus when you use the same aperture. The .5x converter turns the 40mm lens on the Smena into a 20mm lens! That’s a wider field of view than the LC-A or even the legendary Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim. I will definitely be using the converter whenever possible all of my Smena shots from now on. The converter makes everything look farther away to the camera, so you compensate by focusing farther out than where your subject actually is. Here are some comparison shots:
When we said this camera was wide, we meant it! And when you add the wide-angle lens attachment to your Lomo'Instant Wide, that's when the magic really starts to happen! Now you can capture the whole picture in a snap!
In the first part of my Lomo'Instant Wide Review I already showed pictures you can take with the standard 90mm lens, the wide angle lens, the close-up lens, the splitzer and the remote control. But with all the other extras this camera can do so much more!
The Lomo LC-Wide creates an irresistible, saturated range of colors which is the perfect pairing for all you portrait connoisseurs out there. And with its brilliant 17mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens, you can get in on the action too! We loved how these proud portraits (and self-portraits) from our Online Community showed off the charming characteristics of the LC-Wide!
Lomography has teamed up with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to give you the chance to win tickets to see “Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century,” the first retrospective of this highly influential photographer in over 30 years. You can also win a Henry Carroll Book and a Lomo’instant Wide.
The LomoLab EU has moved and is now open for business! Analogue lovers from Austria, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxenbourg, and the rest of Europe can send their films to:
However, if you're based in Germany - and you don't mind a longer waiting time, you can still send your rolls for processing to:
Lifesmyle Store Berlin - LomoLAB
Since Alive was founded in 2010 with one mission: to uphold film photography despite the steadily increasing popularity of digital imaging. It aims to provide guidance and information to analogue photography enthusiasts through its website, which has become a platform for showcasing the creativity and techniques of its followers. Since live has also ventured into developing products to bolster the practice of analogue photography and its Bento Film Case has proven to be very useful. Lomography talks to Since Alive’s Wind Hui and designer Stephanie Ho, co-collaborators for Since Alive’s Bento Film Case.
The LC-Wide is definitely one of Lomography's must-have cameras. Its Minigon 1 Ultra-Wide-Angle lens adds a different flavor to your shots, on top of the stunning vignettes, intense colors and breathtaking saturation and contrast LC-A cameras are known for. The Lomography Team is no stranger to the LC-Wide's creative potential, and has proven it capable of the most captivating images. First on the list is danika, from the Lomography Headquarters in Vienna.
See the world in a whole new way with our Lomography Fisheye cameras! Selected editions now on sale at 20% off! Fisheye cases at 50% off! Order within the month and get a free Fisheye keychain with every camera, and a free Circle Cutter when you buy a Fisheye case with your camera!
Capture all the sights in one sweeping frame with your LC-A+ and LC-A+ Wide-Angle Lens! Check out these images from the community and, while you're at it, find out how you can earn piggies and have your own photographs be featured on the Online Shop!
This article is dedicated to one of the finest British sport photographers, Monte Fresco. In his 30 years of reportage for the Daily Mirror, he took some of the most iconic photographs in sporting history. He covered football, tennis, and boxing. But it is his ice skating pictures that I am most fascinated with. Using my own lens, I give him a modern tribute.
2015 was a super exciting year for the world of creative photography. We introduced new products, paid homage to analogue photography and collaborated with like-minded folks. If you missed any of the festivities, don't worry - we promise that there will be more fantastic things to come next year! In the meantime, here's a look back into all the happy Lomography memories!