Analogue Buys: Massive Lomo Shopping
It's been a tough time, lately, lots of terrible things just happened, and I needed some distraction. I already had a cospicuous amount of piggies, and as Lomography recently announced some changes to piggy spending rules due to start today, yesterday was definitely the time to treat myself with some massive Lomo Shopping!
I'm about to blog about my soon-to-be [I have shipping-panic, so I'll keep my fingers crossed 'till the package comes] latest addiction to my camera/film collection, so feel free to leave before the boring thing starts ;-)
I had recently published a wishlist, but didn't stick to it much. Top of my wishlist was the new Lomo LC-Wide, but it was out of stock, so I had a hard time choosing a valid substitute. I've never owned any LC-A/LC-A+, so the LC-A+ RL was the perfect candidate, but then I realized it just looked too plain black. I know every LC-A aficionado out there will jump on their seat, call me a superficial, but I didn't want to buy a camera which looks too much like other small black camera I already have. That's why the first item in my shopping cart has been the brand new Lomo LC-A Russia Day, which is the same as a LC-A RL but wrapped in some seriously charming red leather and stuff.
The second camera I bought is a Diana Mini, just the basic version as I already have one Diana F+ and a Mr Pink (and a Diana+ too), and I have three more flashes, so there was no point in buying the flash version. I didn't really need this one, but I didn't need any of these cameras anyway. I wanted a LC-Wide because of the super wide 17mm lens, obviously, but I also loved that it could be a half frame camera too, and that's the reason why I decided to get a Diana Mini. Also, I love my Dianas, but they're a bit too clumsy for everyday use.
I already own a Fisheye Lens for my Dianas, but it don't like its results on 35mm film [my lab doesn't process 120 film], and I have some ideas for some pictures, so next in my cart was a blue Fisheye One. I know, you cannot shoot double exposures on the Fisheye One, but whatever.
Finally a camera that actually was in my wishlist: the Lomography Pop 9. This golden baby takes 9 identical pictures, has a built-in flash, and seems to work fine in close-ups. Did I mention it is golden? ;-) I already own a SuperSampler, but never got to use it due to its weird cord-thing.
My interest in multilensed cameras led me to get the first camera developed by Lomography: the ActionSampler. The clear edition seems to be one of the weirdest cameras ever produced, and my SuperSampler is chrome, so no way I'll ever buy another chromed plastic toy.
I also bought two Agfa Le Box disposable cameras for outdoor use [no flash], one for my freak experiments and one for my sister: I've been trying to get her into photography for years but she never get hooked. Maybe this time, with a cheap disposable in her hands, she might finally get caught.
As I filled my cart with 7 cameras, I couldn't stock up on film as much as I would. I mentioned in my previos wishlist that I wanted to buy tons of black and white film, but I can't seem to find a decent photolab, so I merely bought a single roll of black and white film [Foma Action 400], and focused on slide film instead.
I was curious about Lomography's own slide film, so I got one pack of XPro Chrome 100 and one of Xpro 200 [each pack = three rolls]. I wanted to try films I've never used before, so I picked 1 roll of AgfaPhoto Ct Precisa and 1 of Kodak Elitechrome ED 200, but then, as I only have one more roll of Sensia 200 in stock, I bought one of them too.
I have plenty of negative rolls, but was curious about the Fuji Superia Reala and the old Agfa Vista 400, so I decided to give both of them a chance [also because they were expired, i.e. a little cheaper].
Last item in my cart was the black L-Case, which I didn't mean to buy at first as it prevented me from buying more slide film, but then I realized it was definitely better to have some case to safely carry my LC-A around.
Looking at this huge lot of stuff you might think I'm either super rich or helplessly broke. The whole thing costed €609, which is a crazy price I would never pay for such toys [and even if I would, I couldn't]. Luckily, I've been translating microsites for Lomography Italia for some time now, and adding all the articles I've written and translated, the piggies-giveaways and everything else, I had so many piggies that I only payed €64 for all these things! :D
I have four more microsites to translate, then I guess I'll just start writing an article every now and then, though the new rules on piggies-spending are a bit of a pain in the backside, so I guess it won't be soon before I'll buy anything from their shop, but I'll keep saving up for the LC-Wide... I can't wait to receive all these items!