Lomo #fail

Regular readers may recall that Jay and I bought a couple of Lomo cameras last year – I got a Diana Mini and Jay got a Supersampler.

Well, as I mentioned, the Diana is shocking – the film hard to load, it gets jammed, the focussing ring is too small and the film strips on rewind. I have a film stuck in there at the moment – it refuses to move forward. Epic #FAIL.

We had similar trouble with the Supersampler – it’s a bugger to load, shredded the film on rewind but redeemed itself with excellent photos. I loaded up another film and took it to Melbourne – I’ll get the shots developed in the week, but I have every confidence they’ll be pretty cool.

It was a shit to get the film out though and a little metal tag thing inside had come away and scratched the film surface – fooook!!!

Then the next film would not load at all. It kept tearing the film no matter what I did.

So both cameras are going to go in the bin. Stupid arse things.

I’m ordering a Superheadz Golden Half next week – hope its better than the Lomo ones!

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girl on film

An homage to the missus. Taken with the Holga and (mostly awful) Diana Mini.

looking good, wifey 🙂

Heeeeeerrrrrs Johnny

*peers through hole in door made by axe”

Ok, nothing quite so dramatic or scary, but in other words – I’m back 🙂

I’ve been a tad (understatement of the century – I worked 7 1/2 days, 18-20 hours a day) busy with work and haven’t managed to get to anything bloggy or flickry, only managing some tweets on my way to and from work-related places.

Well now I’m back on the case.  My job does this sometimes, its quiet for ages and then all of a sudden, there’s a proof of concept to scope out or a proposal to write and its no sleep for a week.

Ah well, at Kurt Vonnegut always said – “and so it goes”

So, I have sooooo much to write about – well, I *had* things to write about, they’ve gone now, fresh out of my head!

I posted off a load of films today, so I should get them back in a week or so – I keep on saying this but somehow never manage – I MUST TAKE MORE SHOTS WITH FILM!  There, do you think that’ll help?

Speaking of film, and one of my things I was going to write about that I can actually remember – I’m going to tell you all a secret.

The Lomo Diana Mini that I coveted so much and wanted for ages…well, it sucks, or as a friend of mine used to say – it blows goats.  I can’t get to grips with it at all, the focus is annoying – no, impossible (I’ll come back to this) the shutter is so stiff the camera jumps when I click it, the counter doesnt work properly, it rips the film on the rewind and the film is now stuck on the advance.

so, screw you, Diana Mini!  (of course, if the one film I did put through it comes back with brilliant shots I may change my opinion, but only if someone tells me how to get the damn film to advance!)

I did wonder if it was user error (although its a simple 35mm film camera – they’re not exactly hard to use) but no, I dont think it is.  Its just badly built.

The worst thing about it I discovered a few minutes after getting it out of the box is the focus is impossible for anyone other than Japanese girls or children to use.  I shall attempt to take some shots with the iPhone right now to show you

As you can see, the focus bit is actually the black inner lens – it rotates like you’d expect and there are convenient markings at the bottom and a handy little plastic pointer thingy so you know what its set to.

But herein lies the rub.  Its teeny.  I don’t have big fingers, far from it, I have pretty small hands, but then I’m only 5ft7, I’d look like a gorilla with big trucker hands.  Anyway, back to the point – as you can see below – I can’t really get my fingers between the outer lens cover and the focus ring to turn it.

Its also really stiff, so often, not only can I hardly reach it, it wont fookin’ turn!

So, Diana Mini – you really suck!!

Don’t buy one, get a Holga – they rock*  or a Superheadz Golden Half if you want 1/2 frame 35mm.  I’m going order my GF on ebay this very week!

*although the foam inside the spool cavity in mine has come off and is now wrapped up neatly in one of the films I’ve sent off to the lab.

Next blog post – iPhone goodness, east meets west and when I went to meet the Lord.

But now, please excuse me, its wine o’clock.

new toys

Went up to Perth on Saturday to the wonderful pigeonhole and the crumpler store to check out some funky ideas for Christmas presents and caved in horribly at the sight of lo-fi camera goodness.

I got a Diana Mini – a teeny plastic 35mm 1/2 frame toy camera – takes Holga-esque shots but in an easier to get processed film format. We’ll see how it fares against the mighty Holga

lomography-diana-mini

Jay fell for the Lomo Supersampler a dinky little camera that takes 4 shots in quick sucession – very cool and very different.

supersampler

fil-ums

Just got a call from the lovely people at Churchill Colour Labs where I get my films developed to tell me that our latest batch are all done.

As luck would have it, I’m in Perth and just around the corner from them today, so I’ll pop over and pick them up.

So, faithful followers, whoever you all are, be prepared for some photos over the next week or so.

I shall drip feed them if I can bear it! Its gorgeously sunny today and I have the Holga again – might be dropping off another film at the same time. I can’t believe I took the one out of my bag from yesterday now! gah!

Holga-tastic

I finally (after weeks of being lazy) posted off the latest batch of Holga and 35mm film to be processed.

Should get it all back next week, thats 9 films (5×120 and 4x35mil) – hopefully one or two shots are decent in that batch! I know there’s going to be a few duff ones as the back came off the Holga twice, so I strongly suspect I’ll get a heap of blown out ruined ones, although I am hoping not too many.

I’ve just started planning my fun for next year with the Holga – I’m going to get together a proper portfolio (if I ever send the fookin’ things off to be developed) and start offering Lomo/Holga wedding photography.

There’s something so nuts in the way those shots come out that I bet I could get a few gigs a year for couples who don’t want the traditional shots.

My plan is to buy 3 or 4 Holga’s and a couple of Diana F’s, a Superheadz Golden Half and perhaps even a Lomo LCF, load them up with all kinds of different films (depending on lighting, time of day, clients wishes etc) and have some fun with it.

Oh, and a Golden Half, by the way, is a 35mm 1/2 frame toy camera (72 shots on a roll) – its teeny and crap and lovely and I want one!

goldenhalf

I’ll take the digital too, as I have an awesome Holga simulator in Photoshop if needed.

Its not going to be an easy option, and really, its going to be more expensive to do it this way than digital with the raw materials cost of film and processing (around $15-20 per 12 shots) but I can imagine with the right clients, getting some WICKED shots.

In preparation for this monumental journey into madness, I have created a couple of blogs, eventually, I’ll get a domain and link them together blah blah, but here’s what I was thinking…

http://lomoweddings.wordpress.com/
http://holgaweddings.wordpress.com/