Right after that, Nicole got her hands on the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens and granted us access to share her inspiring street photographs taken from both digital and film cameras.
Hi Nicole! What's up? Any new projects?
Hey! It’s good to be here again! Nothing new from my side, still the same, documenting Singapore as usual.
Can you tell us more about this shoot?
First of all, I want to thank Lomography for letting me try out this Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens. For the shoots, I used two cameras, Leica M6 and Fujifilm X-pro 2 with M-to-X-mount adaptor. I shot in several locations in Singapore, roaming from one place to another.
What are your thoughts about the Minitar-1 lens?
I've always used 35mm or 50mm lens for street photography. The Minitar Art Lens has a focal length of 32mm. That is also roughly the ideal focal length for street photography. When I was not using a full-frame camera, the focal length became 48mm, due to the 1.5x crop-factor of my X-pro 2. It was still suitable for street photography.
Tell us a little more about your Minitar-1 Art Lens experience. Any challenges or interesting stories?
I am very impressed by the size of the Minitar-1 Art Lens! It’s so flat like a pancake. I mounted it on my Leica M6, unfortunately, the viewfinder in M6 only has framelines for 90, 50, 35 and 28mm focal length. So I always had to remind myself to get slightly closer to my subject than I should be as compared to shooting 35mm focal length. But it’s not an issue at all for digital.
For street photography, we always encounter interesting stories, from being reprimanded or meeting interesting people. For this shoot, I was roaming around a neighbourhood and spotted a shopping cart abandoned at a side. I tried to shoot the scene, playing around with composition and angle. Suddenly an Indian elderly man called out to me and asked me to take his picture as he’s more handsome than the shopping cart. While I was taking his photos, he started telling me stories and some of his philosophical insights. I don’t encounter this often, because people usually avoid me when they see my camera.
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Nicole paired the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens with 2 cameras: the Fujifilm X-pro 2 camera for digital shoot and the Leica M6 with Ilford FP4 Plus, Kodak TriX400, and Kodak ColorPlus 200 films for her film shoot