Ridiculously fun, absolutely flexible and always dependable. I bought a Fisheye 2 Camera a year ago. It was supposed to be a platform for catharsis and the vehicle that would introduce me to the wonderful world of Lomography. Now countless rolls later and an arsenal of cameras at hand it remains to be the closest one to my heart.
Like countless other lomographers out there I’ve had tons of fun with this spectacular camera. The two shutter settings for daylight and long exposure are a joy to experiment with. And oh does it take such lovely long exposures! The lock button is a pretty nifty addition to the original design which prevents accidental shots inside your bag. Now you’re always ready to draw the camera to take a shot while leaving it cocked. While the burst of light from the internal flash is slightly obstructed you have the option to use a stronger and more balanced flash unit like the Colorsplash Flash with the hot shoe mount. Cover the internal flash with color jells and you got a second curtain of color when in the bulb mode. Add the multiple exposure button to the mix and you’ve got virtually limitless styles of shooting available to you.
Despite being a toy camera, it really feels sturdy in my hands, the cool metal jacket is a welcome feature that makes the camera look sleek and more expensive than it really is. My only gripe with this camera is that the rewind crank sometimes feels like it’s about to break and that the lens cover and strap aren’t of the sturdiest of materials. It wouldn’t have hurt for it to have a tripod socket too.
Given the range of capabilities of this funky gem I’d recommend this camera to anyone who wants to dabble in experimental photography in a heartbeat. And for those lomographers who still haven’t tried one, you guys are missing out big time.
For some, it marked their first foray into the wonderful world of analog photography. Others consider it a trusty, go-to camera despite having a massive camera collection which sometimes include some of the best gear there is. Whatever the case may be, toy cameras will always hold a special place in the hearts (and shelves) of analog photographers everywhere, quirks and all.
I’ve been shooting analogue as long as I can remember but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I was introduced to instant photography. So, you can imagine when I was given the chance to try out the recently introduced Lomo’Instant Wide, I “instantly” said yes and hit the streets of Vienna!
Colors may be amped to look unreal, like nothing of this world. Shots may be doubled, cross-processed, post-processed, mixed up into collages. The possibilities are infinite, yet some photographers still prefer black and white. Even in 2016, it is an ode to classic values of precision and balance. Light and shadow must be one pleasing dance. And just like in a well-choreographed piece, forms are obvious or playing coy. It all depends on how you're looking.
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.
A year and a few months since it was introduced, the Lomo LC-A 120 continues its exciting journey around the world—from busy streets to scenic far-flung places and everywhere else in between. Here are just some of the many places and faces encountered by this trusty, compact medium format camera (and their adventurous owners, of course!) in recent months, in photographs.
September has arrived and with it comes some classic Lomography workshops where you'll get the chance to test out some of our most popular analogue cameras. There will also be a new Nixon Surf Challenge Exhibition Launch party with prizes to be won!
Carry your favorite Lomo'Instant baby in the latest, meticulously designed, luxuriously leather camera bag from Lomography and Above the Fray, the Lomo'Instant Camera Bag! Pre-order now and get it by the end of September 20165
A long-time fan of plastic cameras, Argentinean writer and photographer Lorraine Healy is the author of “Tricks With A Plastic Wonder,” a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera. Here, Healy shares a sample of her analogue images shot in Morocco last fall.
North London based photographer Galen Driver took the Petzval 58 lens out for a test drive and talked to us about his experiences in making it as a prfessional photographer in an ever-increasing competitive industry.
Introducing the shiniest, newest member of our Lomo'Instant Family, the Lomo'Instant Mumbai! Inspired by the golden Indian metropolis filled with striking architecture, busy bazaars and fantastic food, the Lomo’Instant Mumbai combines the beauty of shiny copper and light grey faux leather. Grab one now!