We invited Hong Kong film photographer Ming Lee to shoot with a prototype of Lomography's brand new wide angle film camera, the LomoApparat. By trying out the different creative functions and lens attachments, he achieved a lot of analogue experimentation with this vintage-style camera. Check out his first impressions!
What were your first impressions upon receiving the camera?
It's a super wide-angle film camera that reminds me of the Konica WaiWai.
What's the feature you liked most?
The multiple exposure function for sure!
Have you tried adding the close-up lens to shoot anything?
Yes, I used the close-up lens to shoot some patterns for my multiple exposure creations.
Please tell us about the photos you took with the camera.
I'm used to shooting with 28 mm and 50 mm lenses, so it was challenging to get a full roll of film with the 21 mm wide angle lens this time. I took the LomoApparat to various locations and tried light painting, multiple exposures, and street shots. The wide angle greatly increases creativity, and the camera is very light. Using Bulb mode and shooting light painting with the multiple exposure function can achieve good results without a tripod.
Make good use of the camera's closest focusing distance of about 0.5m, which can be convenient for shooting close subjects – very suitable for street shooting. It is also convenient for taking selfies with friends. After adding a close-up lens, the closest focusing distance is shortened to about 0.1m, which can be closer to the subject. In addition, when I took back‑lit shots, there were halos appearing, which added unexpected surprises to photos.
Can you use three words to describe the LomoApparat?
Novelty, fun, light!
Where would you take this camera?
I will take this camera everywhere as there are not many other wide point-and-shoot cameras equipped with flash and a close-up lens on the market!
Which photo do you like the most?
My favorite is the multiple exposure photo that I shot on the Star Ferry because I followed the "don't think, just shoot" rule, and it gave me a big surprise!