First Impressions: Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat

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Today, Lomography is launching the new Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat–a camera that they’re billing as the instant version of the company’s very popular LCA+. Targeted at the person looking to have fun with an instant camera and have great instant memories, this camera features a lot of what the Lomo’Instant Wide can do without the PC sync port and 1/30th shutter mode, and it uses Instax Mini film.

Like almost everything else from Lomography, it’s being launched with a Kickstarter that’s sure going to be backed faster than anything I’ve ever put out–and it’s also going to be something that a lot of photographers may be looking very closely at. When you consider that Instax Mini is pretty much the size of 645 film, you’ll be very happy to know that they’re getting closer and closer to something with manual controls.

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The Best Point and Shoot Cameras of 2016 for Street Photography

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Fact: you probably shouldn’t be carrying around an interchangeable lens camera to shoot street photography. Truthfully, you don’t really need to. What street photographers need to capture candid slices of life are small, inconspicuous cameras. Surely, a photographer can use a big camera and not be caught–but it’s tough to argue that smaller and more low profile cameras don’t naturally get away with more. Further, you don’t often need more than a single lens.

Want to get out there and document the human condition? Check out these fan favorite cameras.

Editor’s Note: when talking about street photography, we’re also including the genre of urban geometry.

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Review: KONO! Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film (35mm)

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Consider the recent rise in Tungsten film and you get a great explanation for why the KONO! Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film could be so popular with portrait photographers. Like CineStill 800T, this film is a Tungsten film and designed to be shot in doors, in cloudy weather, during the night, etc. It’s very much unlike daylight film and my favorite way of using it is to often just use strobe lighting to get the best effect that I can.

Combine this with the fact that Tungsten film often delivers what are in my opinion better skin tones than Kodak Portra and the fact that emulating this look and the tones in digital is pretty tough, and you’ve got yourself a very good option to use this little analogue beauty.

Editor’s Note: This is our experimentation with a full, single page post as part of our evolving website redesign. Let us know your thoughts.

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The Digital Photographer’s Introduction to Lo-Fi Cameras

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LoFi cameras remove all the crazy, super technical things about pixel peeping and dynamic range to instead have the user focus on just creating an image that they’re really happy with. It often isn’t about much more than documenting a moment of fun. In some ways, these cameras give you limitations that will really appeal to only two major schools of photographers: complete beginners and complete masters. Those in between may become frustrated; but once you master what these cameras are capable of, you’ll be seriously surprised.

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Saturday: Learn How to Take Better Portraits With Your Current Camera

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Hey folks,

This Saturday, we’re gathering together to do a special portrait photography workshop at the Lomography Gallery store here in NYC. If you bring a camera with manual exposure and a standard sized hot shoe, I’ll teach you how to create a better portrait no matter what the person may look like. It’s a skill that’s a lot more about using light, communication, and creative vision vs the gear.

Are you up for the challenge? Check out the details on our EventBrite page and sign up. It’s a ridiculously affordable price for what you’re getting.

Also be sure to check out our Kickstarter page.

April 24th: World Pinhole Day Workshop in NYC

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April 24th is World Pinhole Day–a day for all pinhole photographers to get out there and shoot in celebration of the old school format!

Right here in NYC, The Phoblographer is teaming up with Lomography for our very own World Pinhole Day Celebration with a cool photowalk. If you’ve never shot pinholes, have shot them and want to do them in a more social space, then sign up!

The workshop/photowalk/course gives you:

  • A brief, in-person tutorial on pinhole photography
  • One roll of 120 film with development
  • You’ll be able to use the Diana F+ camera to do this, and Chris will teach you how
  • Personal instruction during the photowalk
  • A mini digital course packet

We’ll walk to a super fun location along the waterfront for shooting pinholes and when we’re all done we’ll head back to the Lomography gallery store. If you’d like, you’ll be able to submit your images to Chris for a personal critique.

Sign up here.

Review: Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens

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It’s not often that Lomography calls the press in before an announcement of theirs, but the new Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 64mm f2.9 Art lens demands it. This is a first for Lomo: a lens designed on the daguerreotype methods vs the Petzval style. Like many of the company’s other lenses, this one isn’t about the sharpness, the pixel peeping, the MTF curve charts or any of that crap that doesn’t necessarily matter to the actual content of a photo. Instead, it’s about the look and the creative vision that you can create with it.

Call it hipster, go ahead: but that probably means that this lens isn’t for you. This is a lens for the majority of the photography world– those that care more about capturing and creating an incredible moment.

So what’s so cool about this lens? Besides the uber-retro look and feel, Lomography decided to take the Waterhouse aperture system even further. You’ll get lots of normal apertures and a ton of specially spaced ones that change the look of the bokeh accordingly. This is super cool for video shooters and for still shooters doing studio portrait work, you’re bound to have fun with manual studio strobes.

Today, the company’s Kickstarter for the Achromat lens launches. For the past week, I’ve been working with the lens.

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Review: Lomography Jupiter 3+ 50mm f1.5 (M39 Screwmount/Leica M)

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While photographers who have used Helios lenses for years scoffed at the pricing of the Lomography 50mm f1.5, they didn’t take a lot of the new factors into consideration. This lens has an absolutely incredible build quality, smooth clickless aperture, absolutely wonderful colors, and it includes an adapter for Leica M cameras.

This lens is a manual focus optic with an f1.5 aperture, a small body size, and rangefinder coupling. If I haven’t said it enough already, it also has some of the absolute best build quality I’ve felt in years from a modern lens.

It’s fun–and for sure an excellent portrait lens. Despite its great image quality and fun uses, I’m still not sure that it’s a lens for everyone; much like most of Lomo’s products.

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