Seonghyeon Heo Tests the New Lomomatic 110 Film Camera

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South Korean photographer Seonghyeon Heo put our new Lomomatic 110 camera to the test with some classic street photography, capturing vibrant city scenes with the handy pocket camera and a range of Lomography 110 film. Let's take a look at his results and read his first impressions of the Lomomatic 110.

© @_in.put_ & @_out.put_ | Lomomatic 110 | 110 Film

Hello, welcome to Lomography Magazine! Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello, I'm Seonghyeon Heo. My main work is in sound, but I've fallen in love with the charm of street photography and am preparing for more serious work on photography. I plan to experience various places, travel, and document them from my perspective, showing them through my photos. You can see my daily life and travel photos on my Instagram account @in.put and my street photography on @out.put.

What was your first impression of the Lomomatic 110 ?

The unique design and usability were very appealing, and I liked the weight. It was lighter than I expected.

© @_in.put_ & @_out.put_ | Lomomatic 110 | 110 Film

What was the theme of this shoot?

Originally, I wanted to use it for a photography project I had been planning, but considering the characteristics of the Lomomatic 110, I thought it was more suitable for everyday use rather than for a special project. So instead of shooting with a specific theme, I decided to carry it with me every day as my EDC (Every Day Camera) and take street photography.

What is your favorite feature of the Lomomatic 110?

I particularly liked the winding mechanism and zone focusing system. The horizontal winding operation was enjoyable. I hadn't used zone focusing cameras before because I thought precise shooting was impossible. Initially, it was a bit challenging to get the right focus, but once I got used to it, I could shoot more quickly. I found myself having a broader view of the scene and object, which made composing feel more liberating. The experience with the Lomomatic 110 made me appreciate zone focusing cameras, to the point where I'm considering purchasing a zone focusing camera for 35 mm film.

© @_in.put_ & @_out.put_ | Lomomatic 110 | 2021 Lomochrome Purple 110 ISO 100–400

Do you have a favorite photo taken with the Lomomatic 110?

This is a photo taken in front of a mirror reflecting Yongsan Park, which was once a US military base. I'm fond of this photo because it could be part of the photography project I'm currently planning.

Have you tried using any special features of the camera's lens or unique functions?

Multiple exposure shooting was very intuitive and simple. I think it would be possible to take interesting photos by using color gel filters and flash together. I also liked that the flash is detachable, making it very convenient to carry around in a very compact size when removed.

© @_in.put_ & @_out.put_ | Lomomatic 110 | 2021 Lomochrome Purple 110 ISO 100–400
, 2021 Lomochrome Turquoise 110 ISO 100–400

What kind of photos do you think this camera suits? Personally, when would you like to use it?

It seems to suit the best in documenting daily photos. It's a great camera for capturing fun memories while carrying it around every day. In the future, I plan to use it with LomoChrome Color '92, Purple or Turquoise film to take fun memories when I casually go out.

What do you think are the pros and cons of the 110 format?

110 film has many advantages in terms of convenience. Its small size makes the camera lightweight, and the film loading process is very simple. After shooting, you just need to take it out without the need for rewinding. If you decide to change the cartridge in the middle of shooting, you can easily replace the film, and the film itself indicates the number of shots taken. Despite these advantages, the reason why many people don't use 110 film seems to be its image quality. As the film size decreases, the sharpness decreases, and the grain appears larger and rougher.

© @_in.put_ & @_out.put_ | Lomomatic 110 | 110 Film

However, after shooting a lot of 110 film this time, I realized that while this aspect may be considered lower image quality for some, for others, the lack of sharpness and the rough graininess can be quite charming. Moreover, I think Lomography's unique 110 films really bring out this charm well. The most unfortunate aspect of 110 film is the high processing cost and the difficulty in purchasing various types of 110 film. In most local film processing labs, processing 110 film costs more than processing 35 mm film, and there are limited options for purchasing various 110 films offline. I hope that 110 film will become more well-known and used.

© @_in.put_ & @_out.put_ | Lomomatic 110 | 2021 Lomochrome Turquoise 110 ISO 100–400

Which of the various Lomography 110 films did you like the most?

The film I liked the most was the LomoChrome Turquoise Film. It's playful, which suits the Lomomatic 110 camera well.

© @_in.put_ & @_out.put_ | Lomomatic 110 | 110 Film

Lastly, how would you describe Lomomatic 110 and 110 film in one sentence?

Freedom bestowed by limitations.


Thank you Seonghyeon Heo for sharing this detailed review of the Lomomatic 110 and the various 110 films. To explore more of Seonghyeon Heo's photographic work, follow his Instagram accounts ( @in.put & @out.put! )

written by susanpyo on 2024-05-17 #gear #people #places #110-film #110-format #south-korea #first-impressions #lomomatic-110

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One Comment

  1. jueweidner
    jueweidner ·

    Great initiative - rebirth of the 1980th style street photography

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