LomoFail (a return to film)

LomoFail (a return to film)

Hello, happy new year and all that jazz. Welcome to my first post of 2017!

Last year, I backed two Kickstarter projects from Lomography.  The first was a Daguerreotype Achromat art lens and the second was for a Lomo’Instant Automat camera.  Yeah, I know, like I don’t have enough toys already.  Except now I have even more toys, because the reward tier I chose for the Automat camera included a bundle of other Lomography cameras: La Sardina 8Ball, FishEye no.2 and Diana F+.

I’ve yet to really get to grips with the Daguerreotype lens as I’ve not been in the right environment to make the best of it (or the best based on my limited abilities!), so an update regarding this lens will follow at some point.

I have, however, been out and about with the La Sardina and the FishEye no.2 – except I didn’t get very far with the FishEye due to a winder problem (it broke).  I need to practice with these cameras more to get used to them, but the gallery here represents the first fruits of my return to film photography.

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Most of the photos required editing because I used Snappy Snaps in Glasgow for processing.  Whilst they’ve done an alright job on the actual prints (in other words, highlighted my failings on my first foray into film photography in many years!), the digital files on CD are a low resolution, not what I had expected.  Still, I’m hoping to learn how to develop my own films this year (it’s on the list!) and provided I can find a good quality film scanner, I can hopefully present much better images all round!

In other news, besides all the Lomography gear mentioned above, I have also picked up a few bargain cameras elsewhere:
Ilford Envoy original version (c. 1950s, 120 film point and shoot)
Ilford Sportsman mkII (c. 1959, 35mm point and shoot)
Halina 6-4 (c. 1960s, 120 film point and shoot)
Canon EOS 300 (c. 2000, 35mm SLR)

I have already shot two rolls of film on the Envoy, but because I used expired film I’ve not been able to get them developed yet!  As soon as I remedy that, I’ll offer up those shots in another gallery.
I had better get a move on with learning to develop my own films then, huh..?