Since buying my Zenit’s last year I have been wanting to build on my Russian camera collection and I did by buying the Smena 8M.
For someone who has no idea about these cameras at first glance it looks just like a bog standard camera that has no special/different features.
It was not till I opened her up that I noticed that something was missing……
I had no idea that these little buggers don’t come with a built in take up spool, my first reaction was to check eBay to see how much they are and it would cost me more then the camera! I did a bit of digging online and saw that the spools inside film canisters work so I got hold of a exposed test film and opened it up with a bar blade.
I was surprised at just how easy it came open and that the spool inside was the perfect fit!
This has made me a happy snapper because not only has it saved me about £10 but it means I get to use this little beauty from Lomo.
The problem with film photography is the cost. I am on a rather tight budget and can only really use cheap films that are about £1 per roll and the cheapest place for me to get them developed is at my local boots and that costs £4.99 for 24exp and £5.99 for 36exp. I check eBay all the time to see if anyone is selling any film in bulk and I have come across some like 10 rolls of Tudor XLX 200 for £23 and 10 rolls of Solution VX 200 for £25. The problem with only buying the cheaper film is that it’s nearly always 200ISO or lower which is a bit crappy for the vast amount of grey days we have in the UK.
To go with the cheap films I use are the cheap cameras, most I have spent on one was £25 for a Lubitel with with a case, carry bag, light meter and some sort of weird side pistol grip that can hold a flash. Most of my cameras have been £15 and under nd I have found that the ones that give the best results have been under £5! My Konica Pop, Olympus SuperZoom and my BigView were all under £5 but the pictures that have come out have been stunning and that makes me wonder if I do actually need some of the more pricier 35mm cameras? Well I can can easily answer that and say no, I don’t need them but I wouldn’t say no if I had the chance to own one. I would love a LC-A, Diana F+and a Belair (all by Lomography) and I would love some nice old FED’s and a fisheye for my Zenits but these are all out of my price range for the time being so I will and do make do with what I have.
I will keep trudging along and enjoying what I use and chances are that when I do got something from my wishlist I will still enjoy using the cameras I started with.
The Fisheye Baby 110 Basic from Lomography is a tiny little toy camera that takes 110 film and currently Lomography is the only company that makes film of that size even tho you can still find some expired film on various sites.
It has a 170-degree lens, bulb mode (for long exposures) and is capable of multiple exposure straight out of the box.
I knew this was a small camera but it was not till I got my hands on it that I realised just how small it is! Im not joking when I say you can wear it as a necklace, it really is that small
See what I mean? There is it next to a normal 35mm film canister. Not only is it small but it’s also really light.
At the moment there is only 3 films being made for the 110 cameras and they are Colour Tiger, Lobster Redscale and B&W Orca. When I for it I opted for the Orca because I have never shot with black and white film before and thinking back maybe I should of gone for the colour film because most of my shots came out extremely under exposed but i’ll make that up as a lesson learnt .
Well I love it, we can blame this little camera for getting me hooked on film cameras and for making me want/need this cameras big brother (Lomography Fisheye 2) and a fisheye lens for my Zenits. It’s great for days out with friends and family because it’s so small you dont have to worry about it taking up too much space, just pop it round your neck or in your pocket! I must remember to get some films ready for summer 😉