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Lomography Cine200

Lomography has a new film emulsion–sort of.

In some very recent news, the company announced their new Cine200 Tungsten film. From the name and the coloring, it sounds very similar to what was done previous by Cinestill. Basically, it involves unwinding rolls of Kodak cinema film and repackaging it into a 35mm still film casing. We wouldn’t really call this ripping it off; instead we’re more about embracing the experimental happening that may occur in the right creative’s hands.

In fact, Lomo is completely clear about this. According to them,

This emulsion is an authentic cine film, which has been specially treated so that it can be used in your 35mm film camera. What this means: it will yield phenomenal photos that look like stills from a movie! It’s convenient too, because this Color Negative Film can be processed normally in C-41.”

And as a result, it’s a limited batch of only 4,000 rolls.

Working with this film will indeed be tough for many though. Since it’s Tungsten, then you’ll need to work with a very warm light source to equalize it on the color scale.

We’re in the process of calling in a couple of rolls for review; so just stay tuned.


Image by Dan Zvereff. Used in our previous interview with him.

For all the lovers of the analog world out there, you should know that a recent Change.org petition to revive one of the greatest films that the world has seen: Kodak Aerochrome. Shooting Film first caught wind of the story and states that UK based Jasmin G is calling on Kodak Alaris and the Lomography company to revive the film. Lomography tried to do a variant called Lomochrome Purple, but it totally isn’t the same thing. While Lomochrome puts an emphasis on purple colors, Aerochrome put it on a pinkish purplish red.

How do they do this? For starters, Aerochrome was an infrared film originally developed for surveillance reasons. Years ago, the US would fly planes over the Congo and other regions with dense vegetation to find guerilla troops. When developed, the film would render the greens into a color like what you see in the image above that leads this story. However, later on the commercial world started to use it for art projects. Dan Zvereff and Richard Mosse are two famous photographers that come to mind at first. We have a full introduction to the film at this link–which also explains how it works.

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Lomography has set a new $1,000,000 goal for its Lomo’Instant camera, and with three days left to go, there’s only $24,000 more until that goal is met. Lomo set the new goal in order to give all Lomo’Instant backers a closeup lens for this instant wunderkind with its surprising amount of customizable features: various lenses, multiple and long exposures, variable apertures and more.

In the days of instant yore, you were largely limited to the design of the camera–press the shutter and a positive spilled forth. It was a time when you did not shake it like a Polaroid picture because Outkast wasn’t a thing, and shaking it never actually did anything anyway.

Lomography’s carrying on in its own tradition of producing old-style cameras with contemporary sensibilities and off-kilter aesthetics. You’ll never see a Lomo-style camera come off the factory floor from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Sony or Fujifilm, and that shouldn’t happen.

If you digg customization and instant gratification, then head on over to Lomography’s Kickstarter campaign to back the project. If not, carry on. Or you could take a true DIY approach, and get an old instant camera off of eBay, figure out how it works, get it back to working condition, and find the right film.

Of course, the Lomo’Instant is a thing of its own, and is a fairly strong entry into the Lomo multiverse. The only instant offering we’ve reviewed was the instant back for the medium-format Bel-Air. The Lomo’Instant seems to be a new kind of Instant, and when we get one in for review, we’ll let you know how it is.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography Petzval Lens product images (13 of 13)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Lomography hasn’t always been known as a company that caters to the higher end crowd or market, but they’ve been taking steps to attract more of that market share without giving up their identity. And perhaps the best known attempt so far has been the company’s Petzval lens. This is an 85mm lens designed with a special interchangeable Waterhouse Aperture system along with some very swirly bokeh. There surely are lenses that still have this effect that are made in both China and Russia–in fact, Lomo teamed up with Zenit to create this lens.

Featuring a maximum aperture of f2.2, a 58mm filter thread for video shooters, and a minimum focusing distance of one meter, the Lomography Petzval lens is something that you probably won’t bring out with you often–just like any other specialized lens. But when you do, you’ll have loads and loads of fun.

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mood shot - lomo'instant

It was only a matter of time until Lomography tried to release their own Instant film camera. And today, they’re announced a Kickstarter for their own brand new Lomo’Instant cam. The camera is the first one to be developed to use Fujifilm Instax Mini pack film and have interchangeable lenses. The company is trying to create a system with a wide angle, portrait (which is actually 35mm), and fisheye lens that seems to be every bit as fabulously plastic as most of their products.

They’re saying that it has full automatic shooting capabilities as well as certain controls such as long exposure shooting capabilities and aperture control. The standard shutter speed is said to be 1/125th; which is a typical flash sync mode. You’ll also be encouraged to shoot with a flash and dampen the flash output accordingly using aperture settings. The camera also has exposure compensation of +/- 2 EV, a motorized film printing system, and a cable release.

From the Kickstarter, the came seems pretty damned affordable.

More details, photos, and the Kickstarter video are after the jump.

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Lomography has a tendency to come out with new faces/skins for lots of their cameras the same way that Leica does. But in this case, they’re calling them dresses–which is a marketing term specifically aimed at the female crowd (unless of course you’re a dude who likes to wear dresses. That’s okay too.) The new dresses are coined Midnight Flamingo and City Summer (the pink being Flamingo.) The cameras are otherwise the exact same as the original La Sardina: which we reviewed a while back and we’d only recommend for the most patient and creative of photographers to make the most of it.

For those still interested, the La Sardina sports a wide angle 22mm f8 plastic lens that you need to twist, pull out, and twist back into place. Focusing is done via zone focusing essentially and the camera itself is modelled after old sardine can cameras. Of course though, the plastic used isn’t as sturdy as your average final resting place for fishies.

The camera can use a special flash coined as Fritz the Blitz. The flash is actually pretty damned good just like Lomography’s Diana flash. And you may want to considering picking that one up too.

Both cameras come in their own bundles. At the time of publishing this article, they’re not listed in the shop; but we’re sure they will be soon.