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What about Lomography film?

Carlos Rodriguez , Jan 29, 2009; 04:10 a.m.

I have away from film from awhile. I am just returning to this hobby and checking for availability of film and I found this "lomography" film and some cameras. Is this a low quaility small business introduction? Or is it something older that I havent seen before?
What connection do this brand has with "holga"

Carlos

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Larry Dressler , Jan 29, 2009; 06:53 a.m.

LOLO is a business that sells cheap cameras and rebadged film for as much money as they can get suckers to pay for it.. that said some of the Lomo film is Slide film in a cassette that is marked to process in C-41 as to not get hasseled when having the film cross processed or X-Pro as it is called.

Nothing wrong with that as long as you know what it is all about. : )

Sean Stimac , Jan 29, 2009; 08:57 a.m.

Some corrections. Lomo film is simply rebadged film, the original chemistry of the film is agfa's I beleive. Lomo film and holgas are mass marketed by the lomographic society. They also produce and market various other films and cameras. The lomo slide film is marked on the cassette e-6 and is a rebadged version of agfa's ct precisa. When you look at the costs of their films they are on par with other types of fillm in their class. They have marketing various photographic items since the 80's. You can pick up lomo film at the lomo society's web site, B&H, adorama, etc.

Larry Dressler , Jan 29, 2009; 09:49 a.m.

Not much of a correction

Luca Stramare , Jan 29, 2009; 10:49 a.m.

Nothing wrong with that as long as you know what it is all about. : )

You are right, nothing wrong, actually a lot of fun. I know a couple of those Lomographists, they enjoy taking blurred, grainy, crazy coloured, out of focus, vignetted, ... pictures with the Lomo stuff and expired film just as much (and maybe even more) than somebody else shopping for the latest digital toy.
Maybe Lomography it is not my cup of tea, but I am not that much different from them, the reason why I take pictures is because I enjoy doing it.

Larry Dressler , Jan 29, 2009; 11:16 a.m.

Same with me I use toy cameras I even have a Lomo fisheye but I got all of them from the local thrift shops for under 5 bucks as they are fun to shoot and running a roll of slide film through a Vivitar Slim&Wide is great I think that of all my toy cameras I love my Holga the best...

Shooting without thinking is so beautiful at times it makes me want to cry when I get a picture that I hang on the wall from a toy camera..

Larry

Luca Stramare , Jan 29, 2009; 11:58 a.m.

My Lomograph friend next project is to attempt to develop B&W film with instant coffee.
I thought he was joking, then I saw this article:
http://creativeimagemaker.co.uk/mod/resource/view.php?id=17
Anyway, coming back to the initial point, as far as I know the "lomography" film is rebadged consumer film, maybe from more than one supplier, according to the availability of the moment. I guess they make stocks of expired or nearly to expire stuff and have it repackaged under their name. At the end of the story "surprises" and strange effects is what the Lomorgaphs are looking for. What would be a spoil for another shooter, for them it's part of the experience.
Most is Agfa because when Agfa went bankrupcy, they sold the remainings of the coated rolls of film to Ferrania, which in turn is a third party supplier of consumer film to many others selling under their own name (like supermarket chains and big camera stores), including Agfaphoto itself.

Lex Jenkins , Jan 29, 2009; 02:25 p.m.

The Lomo/Holga/Diana vibe is pretty much a lifestyle thing for in-crowd hipsters. One of the characteristics of Lomography is funky colors that would be considered technically incorrect by purists, but appealing by folks who value serendipity.

You can mimic these funky colors in any camera by using a few tricks:

Use expired film or forced-aged film. Store the film in your automobile glove box for months through extreme temperature changes. Or, if you're in a hurry, warm it up at home *carefully* using a heating pad. (I wouldn't use the oven, too risky.)

Pre-flash the film using a weird light source. For example, a diffuse uncorrected fluorescent or metal halide light. Pre-flashing needs to be done carefully to avoid merely fogging the film. Use a fast shutter speed and tiny aperture with cameras offering those controls. With simple cameras you'll need to dim the light source. Carefully rewind the film, leaving out the leader, and re-expose normally.

This trick will produce a funky blend of weird color rendering. For example, I pre-flashed a couple of rolls of ordinary Agfa color negative film pre-flashed using a near-daylight balanced fluorescent light source (a convenient light table for viewing slides and negatives). Then I exposed the roll normally of mundane subjects, including daylight photos of flowers. Most of the colors looked fairly normal but the purples were greatly exaggerated. Anything close to purple, such as Texas bluebonnets, turned out with the most exaggerated purplish hue I'd ever seen. I wasn't able to duplicate this particular effect with other rolls of the same film that hadn't been pre-flashed on the light table.

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