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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography LCA 120 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 2001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Earlier this year, Lomography announced the smallest 120 film camera with automatic metering ever made: the LCA 120. Traditionally, no photographer that uses 120 film on a regular basis has ever consistently wanted to shoot with a fully automatic mode. This is why many of these cameras have interchangeable backs, lenses, and various settings. There were also various medium format rangefinders, but those are another story.

The LCA 120 is a medium format (6×6) automatic metering camera with the only variable being ISO control. Focusing involves flipping a switch for zone control. Otherwise, this camera is also the most straightforward and simple medium format camera that I’ve ever touched.

This makes the LCA 120 arguably one of the best cameras that the Phoblographer has tested for street photography.

So what’s the problem?

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Person after person in forum after forum will complain about vignetting in an image. Advances in culture and marketing overall have grown to make us complain about something like this. Vignetting traditionally happened when the imaging circle from the lens wasn’t hitting the entire sensor area, It has always been corrected by stopping the lens down unless the imaging circle genuinely doesn’t cover the sensor or film plane. It was a technical problem, but at times actually happened to look good–at least in the artistic world it did and still does.

It’s time that we stop complaining about vignetting in an image. It happens, and when you use vignetting effectively it can change the entire mood of a scene or can be used as a great compositional aid. Vignetting happens around the outer edges of the scene and causes a darkening effect.

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Here’s the text from our original post.

We’re partnering up with Leica to giveaway a Leica T with the 18-55mm lens. Enter into our International Street Photography contest for your chance to score this camera right before the holidays.

More details are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung Galaxy NX review images (3 of 11)ISO 1001-80 sec at f - 3.5

A couple of days ago, a reader sent this article in to us talking about the end street photography in Germany. Street photography in many areas has always been a bit of a murky subjects, but in general it has always been legal for someone to shoot images in public. But the problem talked about in the article was bound to happen.

With assistance from our buddy Thomas Ludwig of Cosyspeed, it can be clarified that street photography isn’t over, but a situation like this was bound to happen.

According to Mr. Ludwig, the article is about well known street photographer Espen Eichhöfer (member of photo agency ‘Ostkreuz’) who came along and took an image of a woman in Berlin. She saw it at an exhibition and became upset. So her lawyer filed a lawsuit and the first level a German court said that it was illegal and against the personal rights of women as stated in the law from 1907.

As a result, the photo can no longer be exhibited–and it doesn’t end there. Mr. Eichhöfer is now going to the next level and a higher court will have to decide if street photography is an art–and therefore if the process of taking images of strangers and publishing without permission is indeed legal.

More after the jump.

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28mm

Editor’s Note This article was written by Olivier Duong, a Haitian, French, Vietnamese photographer and can be found here

Along with a friend, he publishes Inspired Eye, a street photography magazine every month. Please check it out!

This post is being republished with permission from the Inspired Eye.

So, you just got a camera that has it’s lens stuck at the 28mm focal length. Maybe the Ricoh GR, the Nikon Coolpix Aor maybe the Fuji WCL X100 adapter. You’re freaking out. The world is HUGE! How are you going to make images with such a wide field of view??? Stop. Don’t panic, breathe. It’s going to be ok. Here’s the beginner’s guide to the 28mm focal length to get you started.

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The Phoblographer Fujifilm X30 review images (27 of 37)ISO 1002.5 sec at f - 3.6

Since we’ve been publishing a lot of gear round ups due to it being the end of the year, we also want to ensure that you know how to use the gear. If you’re looking to get into street photography with your shiny new purchases, you’ll be delighted to know that we’ve published lots of tutorials on how to use your photo gear in situations like this.

But we’ve also done a lot of thinking on the ethics of the format.

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