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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography Petzval Lens review images samples (10 of 24)ISO 4001-320 sec

The term bokeh colloquially refers to the quality of the out of focus area in an image. But over the years, it has come to be more associated with the whole out of focus area to begin with. In fact, it’s something that many photographers, enthusiasts and others become obsessed with. To get it, you need lenses with wide apertures and generally longer focal length lenses–though some wider options can do a great job too.

In our tests over the years, we’ve run across lenses from different manufacturers that exhibit some incredible bokeh. Here are some of our favorite lenses with the best bokeh.

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Lomochrome Turqouise

Sometimes a product hits the market that makes us literally say “WTF!?” Today, that award goes to Lomography with their brand new Lomochrome Turquoise film. Based off of Lomochrome Purple (which was based off of Kodak Aerochrome) the company describes the film as taking warm colors and rendering them in shades of blue. But that’s not all. According to the company it is responsible for: “turning warm colors into varying shades of blues from aqua to cobalt, transforming greens into deep emerald shades, blue skies into a sunset and a crystal clear sea into a golden hue”

Essentially, it looks like a permanent cross process–which unless done correctly makes us want to cry and rub our eyes with fixer fluid.

The film is a brand new offering, and they’re expecting the first shipments of Lomography Lomochrome Turquoise to come in in April 2015. The film comes in packs of 5, 10, 15 and 20. They also have it available in 120 format and requires C-41 processing.But in our opinion, they’re a bit overpriced.

More images samples are after the jump.

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In honor of the Lomography company being one year away from legal drinking age (if you’re in the US) they’re teaming up with us to give away a special edition 20th anniversary LC-A+. One lucky winner will get one camera of a limited 1000 run.

The contest ends October 17th at 12AM NYC time. Sorry international folks, it’s only open to residents of the US and Canada this time around. But we promise that we’re working on more international contests.

Want to know more? Sign up for the contest here.

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It’s true: film is still alive and kicking. In fact, this year we saw the release of many more film cameras than we’ve seen in such a short amount of time. It seems like manufacturers are finally getting it and that all the fun that is involved in shooting film is finally reaching a larger market.

To celebrate this recent trend, here are five new film cameras that you should get very excited about.

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LCA 120 Lomography

We didn’t think that it could be done, but Lomography has surely done it. Today, the company has come out with something seriously and amazingly cool for medium format photographers. Building on the success of their LCA+ and LC-Wide cameras, the company has created the LCA 120–the same camera as their 35mm versions but able to take 120 film.

In a way, we could easily call this a medium format point and shoot with program exposure shooting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have aperture control like the original LCA did, but much can still be done with this camera.

It sports a 38mm f4.5 lens–which roughly translates into around a 24mm equivalent somewhere between f2.8 and f3.5 in the 35mm film equivalent world. They’re also claiming a very compact body, square image types, multiple exposure capabilities, and rear curtain flash sync for really creative images.

Plus, the lens is made of glass–just like the other LCA cameras. It’s going for $429; which isn’t terrible at all for medium format. More images and specs are after the jump.

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ColourMix

Attention film photographers, Lomographers, and people who just happen to like quirky stuff in general, Vienna-based company Revolog has finally landed in America.

If you don’t know who or what Revolog is, that’s probably because up until now, their products were only easily accessible in their Europe-based online shop (shipping to US/Canada would take up to 23 days), some parts of Asia, or on eBay. And what, pray tell, are their products? Well, Revolog makes special effects 35mm films that somehow purposely mimic things like film imperfections, results of camera defects, and even effects of flatbed scanner glass dust to yield different results from mulit-colored lines and light flashes to rainbow color shifts and splatter-like dots, all neatly packed in brightly-colored bubble gum labels with names like Volvox, Tesla, Lazer, Rasp, and Streak.

So the European duo behind those weird but apparently crowd-pleasing special effects films, Michael Krebs and Hanna Pribitzer, has partnered up with who-else-but trendy analogue photography company and well-known avid experimental photography supporter Lomography to make their special 35mms now easily accessible in the US and to the rest of the world. That way,  no lo-fi photography fan will ever have to wait a month to take his or her perfectly imperfect shots again.

The Revolog 35mm special films are now available in the Lomography online store. Prices range from $9.90 to $11.90 a roll. Depending on the type, a roll may come with 36 or 12 exposures.