This week’s Photo Challenge theme is square format photos, so I’ve been out and about with my LOMO Lubitel (“ЛОМО Любитель”) 166. It’s a cheap Soviet camera that takes square pictures natively. The lens is not really designed for colour use and suffers badly from softness, vignetting, chromatic aberration and coma, so on paper it’s […]Read more "Square format photos"
This morning, it rained quite heavily. Soon after it stopped, I headed out to the weir in Oldbury Court because I knew there would be a faster flow of water. I wasn’t wrong. It normally looks like this, with a moderate spill over the weir, and nothing escaping over the sluice gate. I took my […]Read more "Oldbury Court weir"
Released 1980 This is my first TLR. I saw it at a car boot sale and snapped it up for a bargain price. At the time of writing, this is my only medium format camera with the ability to focus, and with control over the aperture and shutter. It’s much more rewarding to work with […]Read more "LOMO Lubitel 166 Universal"
Recently I was given a Halina Paulette Electric, dating back to 1967. It’s similar to the Braun Paxette, but more cheaply made. As usual, I took it for a spin with some black and white film. The quality didn’t blow me away, but perhaps even more lacklustre was my inspiration that week. First here’s a […]Read more "Photos from a Paulette"
Sprocket holes in 35mm film are usually outside the boundary of the picture. But the other day, Paul showed me some of his pictures taken on an Ilford Sporti 4 which include the holes in the picture and it got me thinking*. I decided to run some 35mm film through my LOMO Lubitel and see […]Read more "Sprocket holes"
These are the first photos I’ve taken with my Lomo Lubitel 166. It’s my first TLR, and my first camera which takes square photos. You might not think it would make much difference, but I like the square format because it saves having to decide whether to go landscape or portrait. The Lubitel has geared […]Read more "Photos from a Soviet camera"
I’ve been on a bit of a rampage with vintage cameras lately. Not content with three “boring” Canon 35mm SLRs, I recently acquired a late 1950s Paxette point’n’shoot and a mid 1950s Conway box camera. The Conway was my first foray into the world of medium format, and I like it. Only days after developing […]Read more "New camera: Lomo Lubitel 166"