Freelensing is bestlensing

Freelensing! What’s that, I hear you scream? It’s the technique of removing the camera lens from the body, and shooting by tilting it to find the in-focus spot. There are expensive Lensbaby lenses that will enable you to do this, but I prefer the DIY method. Using a film camera, I don’t have to worry about dust on my sensor either. Inspired and guided by Lina Forrester’s fantastic blog, I decided to use up the rest of a roll of Agfa Vista 200 on this experiment.

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Win a Diana Pinhole camera on #DianaDay!

August 5th is #DianaDay (no, not Queen Of Are Harts Princess Diana) on Twitter, and to celebrate, believeinfilm.com are giving away a Pinhole Diana!

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To enter, follow this link: http://www.believeinfilm.com/win-film-pinhole-camera and tweet it out to your friends. You can have a maximum of 5 entries, so get going!

Recesky TLR – DIY camera

Aaaaages ago I bought a Recesky TLR from eBay for about a tenner. It’s a tiny TLR in kit firm, that takes 35mm film. Today I thought I’s actually sit down and make it!

Ooh. Err…. hmm. That’s a lot of bits. I needed a tiny Philips screwdriver and some tweezers for fiddly bits, but that’s all. Had a look at the manual:

Aha! Chinese! Shame I don’t speak it, but the drawings were quite clear, so I did ok. It took me about an hour and a half to put together, the only thing I got stuck with was the shutter mechanism. For anyone who has problems with this, see below:

The middle bit was slack at first, and the spring underneath kept dropping off, so the shutter wouldn’t fire. You have to wind the peg up, then screw it in!

I ended up with three leftover screws, but that seems to happen with every DIY project I do.

Ta-da! I’ve put a roll of 35mm in it, I’ll take some shots and post them up soon 🙂

Lomokino – half still, half video

So Lomography have come out with another cute idea – the Lomokino. A box similar to a Brownie, into which you feed a 35mm canister. You then take continual shots by turning the handle, get it developed as usual and have a lo-fi 35mm video sequence, much like the old Victorian flip-book videos. Nice, but I wonder if there is a guide on how fast/slow to turn the handle to get everything exposed properly? My experience with Lomo gear has been entertaining, if a little hit-and-miss, but I think that’s what they’re aiming for.

They’ve uploaded a sample video, it looks dreamy…


Teaser 1 -Shop detail page from Lomography on Vimeo.

Something delightfully fishy…

Here’s something cute from our friends over at Lomography – La Sardina!

These cute little wideangle cameras look just like sardine tins, and with some lovely simple features, I bet they’ll reel in (oh ho ho, GEDDIT) a few more people to the wonderful world of film and Lomo photography.
I’ve loved the Lomo guys ever since we did a collaboration for Dinohoodie – they make photography so fun (if a little pricey!) and stylish. Their workshops look good, one day I might just manage to get to one. I bought one of their Sprocket Rocket cameras a while ago and need to get the film developed- also great for wideangle shots!