While in London UK this past weekend for our Film Photography Podcast (FPP) Meet-Up, I (along with FPP super-pal John Fedele) had the opportunity to shoot with the new Lomography La Sardina “El Capitan” 35mm camera. With a spectacular wide-angle lens, multiple exposure capabilities, tripod thread, flash, color flash filters and a rewind dial—this is the perfect summer fun camera. Hey, it’s shaped like a can of sardines too!
The camera retails for $99.us and includes the camera, flash, big lomography book (Yup, that a book…not a booklet) and instructions. Three other models are also available. If you’re into W-I-D-E angle film photography, multiple exposures, lens flare and collecting cool cameras, add the La Sardina line of cameras to you wish-list!
- Film Type: Standard 35mm (135)
- Exposure Area: 36mm x 24mm
- Lens Focal Length: 21mm
- Aperture: Fixed f/8
- Angle of view: 91 degrees
- Shutter Speed: Bulb (B), 1/100 (N)
- Closest Focusing Distance: 0.6m
- Focusing Steps: Two Step Focusing — 0.6m-1m, 1m-Infinity
- View Finder: Inverse Galileo-Type Built-in Viewfinder
- Film Counting: Auto Film Counting
- Film Stopping: Yes
- Multiple Exposures: Yes
- Cable Release Connection: Yes
- Tripod Mount: 1/4′ Tripod Screw
- Shutter Release Lock: Shutter Locks After Lens Collapsed
- Flash Contact: Unique La Sardina Micro Contact (for Fritz the Blitz flash only)
What is Lomography?
The desire for spontaneous and unpredictable distortions of developed Lomographic photos have spawned an emerging Lomographic community and the Lomographic Society International, a group of Lomographic photographers (“Lomographers” or “Lomographiers”) with the intention to “speak in photos and know no boundaries in our mission to snapshot every corner of the world”.
Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Characteristics such as over-saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, “happy accidents,” and alternative film processing are often considered part of the “Lomographic Technique.” Users are encouraged to take a lighthearted approach to their photography, and use these techniques to document everyday life, as the Lomo LC-A’s small size, simple controls, and ability to shoot in low light encourages candid photography, photo reportage, and photo vérité through the “10 Golden Rules” to maximize their chances to capture strange photos and to embody a Lomographers’ statement of life being unpredictable curious adventure of “having fun while taking good pictures”:
- Take your camera everywhere you go.
- Use it any time – day and night.
- Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
- Try the shot from the hip
- Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
- Don’t think! Just Shoot (also the credo of Lomography).
- Be fast
- You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
- Afterwards either.
- Don’t worry about any rules.
Check out the main Lomo site: lomography.com