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It’s been a while the Lomography company announced something new; and after hearing about the Petzval lens it only makes sense that they’re going to continue to go that route. Today, the company announced something super cool and totally out of the blue. It’s their new RUSSAR+ Art lens for L39 and M mount cameras. For those of you not in the know, L39 is the original screwmount.

The new RUSSAR+ is a 20mm focal length that is an ode to the old Russar MR-2 lens. It starts at f5.6 and goes down to f22. It also has a real focusing ring. The problem with the lens though for rangefinder users is that it isn’t rangefinder coupled; so you’ll need to use the depth of field scale (which is a bit lacking) to make the best decisions according to the company’s tech page. Additionally, the lens can be mounted on a mirrorless camera where you can see the focusing with no issues.

They’re also stating that a red shift will occur around the edges of the frame when shooting digital. They further state that is can be corrected in post or in camera with Sony or Leica.

You can order yours for $649. More photos and a video is after the jump.

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julius motal the phoblographer lomography belair instant back

In the spirit of making things more fun, Lomography has created the Instant Back for its Belair X 6×12 medium format camera. The Instant Back substantially increases the size of the Belair, which makes it feel like a large book against your chest. With a pack of Fujifilm Instax Wide inside, the Belair + Instant Back has a three step shooting process and necessitates a great deal of patience. Shooting with it isn’t easy, but when you get a shot that’s roughly along the lines of what you intended, you do feel a measure of success.

For the full review of the Lomography Belair X 6×12, check out our review.

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Lomography Belair Instant Back

For many medium and large format cameras, it is common to equip them with an instant photo back so you can take test exposures. This is especially true for those models that don’t come with a light meter, or when you’re doing professional work or your film sheets cost a small fortune. Even though the Lomography Belair X 6-12 is neither a pro camera, nor especially expensive to run, you can now equip it with an instant film back that lets you expose Fujifilm Instax Wide film.

Lomography being the prime supplier of photography hipsters, it was only a matter of time really until they would come up with something like this. But in the end, Lomo cameras are all about the fun of it, and we’re pretty sure the new instant back for the Belair will provide loads of it. Especially at parties, when you equip the camera with the wonderful little Diana Flash and some color gels.

For the more experienced of us, this may all sound a tad familiar. The camera already looks like many of Polaroid collapsible Land cameras–many of which were totally automatic with the exception of the 185, 190 and a couple of others. Granted, there are many more ISO settings on the Belair and the rangefinder also isn’t coupled. Instead, it’s more like a viewfinder.

Now, the Belair all by itself already isn’t quite a small camera. With the instant back added, it becomes even more of a beast, as it adds quite a bit of additional bulk to the camera. But if you don’t mind the extra size, we’re certain the instant back will add quite a bit of extra fun to your Belair experience. It can be yours for US-$ 89.

Additional product shots and sample images courtesy of Lomograpgy after the break. Also, there’s a video.

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Felix Esser The Phoblographer Lomography Belair X 6-12 35mm Back Review Product Image Rear Slanted View

Medium format panoramic cameras are a pretty unique species, as there are only a couple of manufacturers who have made or are currently making such devices. The Lomography Belair X 6-12 is one such camera, and the fact that it comes with auto-exposure makes it even more unique. Shortly after the Belair was originally announced, Lomography came up with a peculiar add-on for the camera: a 35mm back. With it, the Belair X 6-12 can expose 135 format panoramic images with an approximate 4.3:1 aspect ratio. Here’s our review of it.

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In July, Lomography partnered up Zenit and launched a Kickstarter project to recreate the original Petzval lens, a 19th century invention by Hungarian mathematician Joseph Petzval. This Kickstarter really took the cake: we’re talking about over $300,000 more than its original goal in just a month. Four months, 3,379 backers, and a whopping $1,396,149 later the company is shipping out the first 500 lenses to its backers and now has made them available to the public for pre-order.

To recap, a Petzval lens is designed to deliver a unique optical effect, producing photos with a sharp center and a swirly outer area along with vignetting added into the mix. While claiming to keep the trademark Petzval look and to deliver the same optical effect as its 1800s counterpart, this newer version is sleeker and smaller–built to fit with our modern-day SLRs. With a focal length of 85mm and a maximum aperture of f2.2 (as opposed to the original’s f3.5), it features a gear rack focusing mechanism for videographers, uses the traditional Waterhouse aperture system, and has a field view of 30°.

Lomography’s Petzval lens includes seven aperture plates (since it’s using the Waterhouse system) and four additional experimental aperture plates. You will also get a leather case and some other goodies for $599 for a brass version and for $100 more for the black version. You can get them with either a Canon EF or a Nikon F mount. They’re available for pre-order now with an estimated delivery date of May 2014.


The year 2013 was a year packed full to the brim with new developments in the photo industry. It started with CES in Las Vegas and CP+ in Yokohama in January, then along came IFA in Berlin in September, followed by Photo Plus in New York in October. In the meantime, manufacturers didn’t pause with their announcements of new products. We saw a lot of exciting stuff launched, but also some things that had us scratch our heads. And then, there were those announcements that nobody could really wrap their head around. Here’s a list of we here at The Phoblographer consider this year’s top and flop five industry developments.

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