Tag Archives: Camera

Is it Hip to be Square ? – Lomography Instant Square – first thoughts

I find myself weirdly reviewing genuinely brand new analogue film camera. It’s also an instant one (a first here !).  Lomography’s latest Diana series camera arrived yesterday. Whilst I haven’t been able to test it fully, I’m starting to get a feel for this Kickstarter shooter.

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History of Photography by Objects – 8 – DIY Computer project 1975

1975 was a momentous year on many levels. The war ended in Vietnam, the Suez Canal re opened, Watergate hit the headlines and Britain voted to join the EU as just a few key events. Bowie was in full major Tom mode and Jaws made folk not want to go in the water for the first time. Technology leapt forward too and it would herald in the digital camera. But that might not be in the way you think. Continue reading History of Photography by Objects – 8 – DIY Computer project 1975

A brief History of Photography by Objects – 5 – Photograph of Newborn Baby 1997

This pixelated photograph from an early consumer digital camera might seem an  odd inclusion. Babies have been stable subjects for photographs from the days of the Daguerreotype. By 1997 although not fully mainstream, digital cameras were starting to gain a foothold and this won’t have been the first digital photo of a baby by a long shot. But Time rightly recognised this as one of the most influential photographs ever taken. Continue reading A brief History of Photography by Objects – 5 – Photograph of Newborn Baby 1997

THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 12: 12TH-18TH OCT)

I’m currently away for the Scottish half chasing my weans around theme parks and castles in the Midlands and the South of England with a Espio and the lomographer’s favourite the LC-A. However there’s been quite a lot published online that’s worth picking up on. So this week we’ve a camera you’ve never really heard of, a legendary rangefinder and Canon’s answer to the F2. We look at the rebirth of a classic but also sadly have to mourn the passing of one of the greats. and we also get to answer the question of what happened to the moon cameras ? Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 12: 12TH-18TH OCT)

THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 11: 5TH-11TH OCT)

So this week I’ve selected a great eclectic bag of stuff. We’ll find long overlooked classics, kill it disposable style and shoot the ghosts of the past. There’s an open letter to Kodak too, plus a mysterious emulsion, a compact trip up river and do we really need to post that !! Continue reading THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 11: 5TH-11TH OCT)

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY BY OBJECTS – 4 – Fujica Camera ~1958

We leap forward by over a century and half.  Our subject is a lowly simple viewfinder from Japan. But this is one of  a new wave of innovative cameras in the late 1950’s offering automatic exposure.  It also represents an early hint of the shifting dominance of the camera market in the coming decade. Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY BY OBJECTS – 4 – Fujica Camera ~1958

Retro Medium Format Lo-Fi- The Samtoy – an original Diana Clone

Lomography’s launch of the Diana F+  in 2007 wasn’t a step forward in lo-fi photography. It represented a hommage to the medium format camera that would lead to the development of that movement – the original Diana camera  and its numerous clones. So how does one of these stack up to the 21st century. Continue reading Retro Medium Format Lo-Fi- The Samtoy – an original Diana Clone