Monday, July 20, 2009

Lomography mentioned in Tech & U * NST Online

Old photography trick still has it - Tech & U * NST Online

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Following is the reproduction of the article that is published in Tech&U in The New Straits Times 20th July 2009.

WHILE the point-and-shoot technique is frequently associated with digital
photography, the analogue side of photo taking can be just as exciting.

Lomography is one of the surviving non-digital photography techniques still making an impact since the 1990s.

In Malaysia and globally, lomography is part of film photography that many people pick up once they see how surprisingly creative the compositions can be. The advent of the Internet turned it into a classic phenomenon as thousands of lomography pictures are uploaded and shared online.

There are many sites that document lomography basics. A good example is the Lomography Society’s site at, which caters to those starting out as a lomographer on their own.

You can read up on the subject, subscribe to newsletters and get started immediately by becoming a member. You will get a LomoHome account where you can organise and share your photos. You also can join contests to win Lomography products.

Sites such as and also feature lomography as a topic, with links to articles about the technique. They can be useful if you plan to write a paper on the subject and need references.

In any case, be sure to check out the “10 Golden Rules” of lomography documented by many sites. These rules will help you have fun with lomography and break from traditional photography practices.

History and gallery
Do you know that current Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin is part of lomography’s history? Back in 1995, Putin was only deputy mayor of St Petersburg, but he gave a group of Austrian lomographers a big hand by convincing the Leningrad Optics and Mechanics Association to keep producing the camera used for lomography, model LC-A. Just what did Putin do, you may ask? Find out from BBC at europe/7007160.stm. also features a page that lists the milestones of the lomography movement. The article at even marks the launches of lomo cameras.

The cameras documented include the one that started the movement, the Lomo LC-A, which was manufactured in 1982, all the way to the Lomo Lubitel+ that made its debut last year.

To see the many works by lomographers, you can rely on photosharing sites such as Flickr and social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Flickr can be a long stop if you want to explore. Most lomographers share details such as which camera they use, which lens and what kind of film. So if you see a lomo effect that you like, it will give you an idea of the type of lomo camera kit that may interest you.

Still available lomo cameras include the Diana, Holga 35mm, Actionsampler, Pop-9 and Colorsplash.

Each camera will help shutterbugs get unique results that lomographers like to categorise as “happy accidents”, “oversaturated”, “light leaks”, “mysterious” and more. There are even models that can go underwater with you.

There are a number of online shops that offer lomography products and accessories. The widest selection possible is at, which features a cool tool called Lomographic Shop Assistant that tells you which products are best-sellers and items that fit your budget.

Popular online shopping sites such as, and Yahoo! Shopping ( also stock cameras, films, lenses, carrying cases and other items to complete your lomo kit.

In Malaysia, you can try and These sites usually have second-hand lomo products, but at times you can get new ones.

Though the motto for lomography is “Don’t think, just shoot”, there are tricks that can get you more output types from your lomo camera.

For example, an article at tells you how to hack the Holga camera. As the Holga models are flawed in their own way to deliver exciting compositions, the article tells you how to modify the model for specific effects.

Great tips are also featured in The Lomography Society Asia’s site at You can find specific micro-sites which feature tips and tricks to go with different lomo cameras, for example, the fancy shortcuts and techniques of using the Lubitel+ compiled by lomographers for the benefit of the lomographic community at microsite/lubitel166+/tips-and-tricks/.

Similar resources can be searched using general keywords on and Just type “hack” or “tips” and match it with the lomo camera model you like for specific hits.

And if you do not have a lomo camera but would like lomo effects on photos, tips to get such effects with Photoshop or CorelDraw can be found online.

Apart from the Lomography Society site, you can get in touch with other lomographers in Malaysia by joining local online communities. The Click Project hosts information about its activities at The founders are reachable on Facebook.

And at, you can exchange ideas with other lomographers. Many beginners come here to get advice on lomo cameras, lomo techniques and news updates.
Old photography trick still has it

Monday, July 13, 2009

[SOLD] LOMO BeLOMO Camera : Vilia Auto (SOLD!)

Today, we look at another LOMO - like camera called Vilia Auto / Vilia Avto. The factory, originally is called MMZ or Minsk Mechanical Factory/plant or Minskiy Mechanicheskiy Zavod = MMZ. MMZ started out in 1957 as an optical glass producer. MMZ also produced cameras developed by GOMZ.

In another words, GOMZ OEM-ed its camera to MMZ. A bit on GOMZ - GOMZ is an acronym for Gosularstvennyi Optiko-Mekhanicheskii Zavod or in english, it simply means state Optical-Mechanical Factory. In the year 1965, GOMZ changed its name to the now, world-famous LOMO or Leningradskoe Optiko Mekhanichesko Obedinenie (Leningrad Optical-Mechanical Union).

In 1971, MMZ changed its name to BeLOMO or Belorussian Optical and Mechanical Association.

So in short, LOMO was known as GOMZ, which oem-ed their cameras to MMZ, which later on changed their name to BeLOMO.

Vilia Auto is a BeLOMO 35mm automatic camera. They are produced from the year 1973 until 1985 but there is suggestion that it was longer than that. It was until mid 90s!

Film type : 135 (35mm)
Weight : 400 gram
Lens : Triplet 69-3 4/40mm f/4, fixed mount
Shutter speed: 1/30s, 1/60s, 1/125s, 1/250s + Bulb.
Focus range : 0.8 meter - infinity
Aperture : f/4 - f/16
Flash : Hot shoe
It has no self timer, exposure meter and do not use battery.
Most of its body part is plastic however the lens is glass!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Peninsular Malaysia. East coast in LOMO

Malaysia flags flying high

Old jetty in Kuala Dungun

Kampung in Kuala Dungun

*** Pictures are taken in Kuala Dungun, Trengganu on National Day 2007

[WTS] LOMO FED3 Camera (SOLD!)

FED3 type B

Is FED camera a LOMO? The straight to the fact answer would be a big No! FED wasn't produced in the LOMO factory, not affiliated with LOMO in any way and not authorised by Leningrad.... to use the LOMO name, neither the LOMO logo too. BUT BUT BUT....(almost)everyone do not define LOMO camera in such a rigid way.

For now, lets just say 'the camera that give that unique effect' will do, to justify it as a LOMO camera. Nevertheless, we shall not assume too many but to follow what generally mentioned by the Society, by the anti-LOMO websites and by LOMO forums and fans.

So, what better to look for as a LOMO camera if not the FED camera which even pre-dated those produced in Leningrad's factory and always mentioned along with Leica camera. YES! LEICA! (at least from its design). FED originated from Leica design (for FED1, FED2 & FED3). If you found a Leica camera at an unbelievable cheap price, chances are it WAS a FED which has been 'creatively shaped' into a Leica. Having said that, one can use a Leica lense with a FED body!

- Film type : 135 (35mm)
- Weight : 0.7KG (yes, i am using Kg to denote the weight!)
- Lens : 52mm Industar 61 (1:2.8 - 16)
- Filter size : 40.5mm
- Shutter speeds : B, 1-1/500
- Focal range : 1m to Infinity
- FED3 B has a self timer, diopter correction ring, with hot shoe and pc sync accessory.
- Made in the year of 1963 until 1980 (FED3 type B) in Kharkov, Ukraine.

The original camera bag

The front cover of the FED3 manual

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

[WTS] LOMO Smena Symbol @ Cosmic Symbol (SOLD!)

LOMO Smena Symbol or the United Kingdom's version, Cosmic Symbol is the successor of Smena 8M. The shutter speeds are set
according to the symbols and hence the name itself, Smena SYMBOL!

Notice the LOMO famous logo on the top right of the Smena Symbol.

They were made in LOMO factory until 1991 for the past 20 years! The factory is in St. Petersburg, Russia (previously known as USSR)

Film Type: 135 (35mm)
Lens Type: LOMO T-43
Focal length: 1:4 40mm
Diaphragm: 4-16
Picture size: 24 x 36mm
Filter size 35.5mm
Focal range is from 1m to infinity
Shutter speeds B, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250
Hot shoe ready!
Smena Symbol has, however, no self-timer & no cable release, additionally to no exposure meter.
Made in LOMO factory from 1971-1991