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Lomo and Me

An interesting feeling happened to me while I was in Paris. It’s a little hard to describe, but I just wasn’t feeling my camera. I was enjoying being there and the first day or two I had fun shooting. But very quickly, I realized I wasn’t enjoying lugging around a body and three pro lenses...

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  • Josh Mitchell12/13/2011 - 4:22 pm

    Surprised you even brought your 5D. I would have thought you would have just brought that Olympus.ReplyCancel

    • Lincoln Barbour12/13/2011 - 4:59 pm

      In hindsight, I wish I had. But then again, I might not have gotten the Lomo. Maybe it was fate.

      For me, there are some functional aspects of the Olympus that prevent it from being a real replacement for a high quality compact digital camera. It’s terrible in low light, the live view is not accurate for exposure, and the model I have only has one control dial; so I can’t control aperture and shutter at the same time.

      I’m thinking of upgrading the EP-3, but I haven’t tested it thoroughly. I also need to get some better lenses for it. Since I don’t use this camera for work shoots, it’s hard to justify dropping that much coin on all the lenses I would want.

      For now though, the Lomo fills a nice void between my iPhone and the Olympus.ReplyCancel

  • Jon-Marc Hatton12/13/2011 - 10:11 pm

    Although I’m far from a professional, I understand that feeling. The camera is one of the most awesome tools to work with, but at the end of the day it can still be a tool. I’ll shoot a wedding with my DSLR and at the end of the day I’ll have some amazing shots, but I was never there; I never actually saw the wedding. I just captured a singular moment at a time through my viewfinder. It actually gets me depressed sometimes. I’m going somewhere beautiful and go to pick up my camera when it hits me like a wall APERTURE, SHUTTER SPEED, ISO, “HEAVY”… etc. I end up just taking pictures on my Iphone.ReplyCancel

  • Mathias Tornqvist12/14/2011 - 8:48 am

    People are sometimes surprised when I tell them that I don’t even bring a camera when I travel.
    Photography is a lovely art, but it can only capture a fraction of the traveling experience. It’s a bit like photographing your meals.
    Worse yet, when you get good at photography, you will utilize all your tricks to manipulate how a potential viewer should feel when looking at the picture. It all becomes a bit of a con game. And ironically, that viewer is most of the time yourself.

    I’m toying with the idea of trying some 3D photography for my travels. But in reality it’s probably just an excuse to get a new toy.

    For a compact (ish) fun camera that does pretty well in low light, how about the Fuji X100? Then you don’t have to worry about getting nice lenses, because you’re stuck with the (excellent) one on the camera.ReplyCancel

    • Lincoln Barbour12/14/2011 - 9:25 am

      The X100 is definitely appealing. It’s a little spendy for it is. Plus it’s digital. So, you still get that instant feedback. You could turn it off, but I would be too tempted to look (chimp).

      Shooting a film camera, you stay in the moment and what you get is what you get. It’s low tech and that’s what I like about the Lomo. No AF, rangefinder, auto exposure. It’s a great street camera.ReplyCancel

      • Mathias Tornqvist12/15/2011 - 10:23 am

        Good point. I stopped taking travel pictures the moment I went digital.

        Maybe that’s the key, shooting film. Sure, you’ll spend many important moments taking pictures, but it always stop at the press of the shutter.

        Then again, what would I do with all that exposed film?
        Maybe I’ll shoot with a non-digital camera. With no film in it.ReplyCancel


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