Best Lomography Cameras for Beginners
After a long, cold winter, there’s nothing better than the beauty and freshness of spring. Cool temperatures, lots of sunshine, bright and colorful flowers in full bloom and trees in the most amazing shades of green. You might want to commemorate the change of seasons by whipping out your camera and taking a bunch of pictures outside of your apartment. If you’re not familiar with Lomography, it's all the rage these days. Lomography is a form of lo-fi photography that emphasizes a “Don’t Think, Just Shoot” mentality. These plastic, toy-like cameras are cheap, easy to use and convenient to carry. The end result is unique-looking, experimental photographs characterized by light leaks, saturated colors and sometimes blurry motion. To get you started, here’s our list of the best Lomography cameras for beginners.
The Lomography LC-A+ is the camera that started it all. Originally manufactured in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Lomography brand revamped it with special features and made it a more durable camera, including a fast f/2.8 lens with manual focus and a sturdy black plastic case.
Primarily made popular through Urban Outfitters, the Holga 120 is available in a number of different configurations and color schemes. For do-it-yourselfers who love to customize anything and everything, the Holga 120 is your perfect Lomography camera, because you can basically make it your own. With a fixed 60mm lens and fixed focus, and shooting on medium format 120 film, each shot is guaranteed to inspire.
The Diana is the queen of all Lomography cameras, and the miniature version is perfect for anyone who wants an ultra-portable camera. The Diana Mini allows you to scroll between traditional square format and Half-Frame, allowing you to shoot 72 shots on one 35mm film roll.
If you feel comfortable with the basics of Lomography and want to move onto a camera that allows you a bit more experimentation and creative freedom, pick up the Fisheye One. It's the world’s only 33mm camera with a built-in fisheye lens.
For a unique panoramic view, check out the cool Sprocket Rocket, a compact, 35mm camera with a super wide angle lens and a reverse gear which allows you to rewind and reshoot your photos. This camera is unique in exposing the whole width of the film, including sprocket holes, for a more vintage look.
The Hole-On Ex is a make-and-shoot 35mm pinhole camera that you assemble yourself. This complete do-it-yourself kit comes with all the camera parts printed on heavy, durable cardstock. To begin shooting, you only need glue, a ruler and a pencil to begin shooting.
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