As Christmas and my birthday have just been I have been lucky enough to get a couple of new cameras and I think I have completed my collection. This is my “need” list of cameras rather than “would like”. There are still lots of cameras out there that I would love but I don’t actually need them. A Leica would be nice but I don’t really have a spare £1500 lying about!
So in order of when I got them, let me introduce you to the gang.
The classic Lomography LCA+ (Pictured is an original LCA) This is an awesome camera and arguably all you need. It has fixed focus points and has a great MX button to make double exposures easy. This kick started my love of analogue and was a wedding present to my wife and I. It is robust (I have dropped it a couple of times) and takes great images with its glass lens.
The next camera I got was the Lomography supersampler in black. I was the “lomohome of the day” on the lomography site so they gave me 50 piggie points to spend. Piggie points equate to pounds so I bought this little beauty. This camera is great fun to use and has a pull string to start capturing 4 images as one. There are two speeds and is ideal at capturing movement. Its really tough and an fit in your pocket. It has limited use but I have had great fun with it so deserves a place on my shelf.
The next camera I got was a lubitel 166b. I had recently won a competition and had again been given a number of piggie points. @achocolatemoose tweeted that she had one of these bad boys spare and would anyone like to buy it. I offered her a straight swap for a Diana Mini (bought with my piggie points). She accepted and shipped the lubitel from Belgium. This is a 120 format camera and takes a lot of getting used to as it doesn’t have any light meters and there is nothing automatic about it. I love this camera although it is bulky and because it is old (1980) it does have a personality of being difficult.
My next edition was a 1967 Zenit E. I got this camera whilst out shopping for halloween costumes. I went into a fabric shop with a wife and as she was browsing this Russian was smiling at me from a shelf. After a quick chat with the owners (who thought I was weird for wanting it) I purchased it for £5. An absolute bargain. This camera is great and takes amazing photos but the all mechanical action and heavy metal body make it as effective a weapon as a camera.
The next camera was a birthday gift from the in laws and what a gift it is too! A Zorki 4 from 1956. This camera I have yet to use but have spent a long time reading about it online. The lens is incredible and KMZ sold alot of these cameras for 17 years. It is basically a poor Russian mans Leica. I can’t wait to learn how to use this. It oozes analogue.
Last but not least is my new Olympus OM1 from 1972. I was given some Birthday money so decided to buy this camera. Although I had the Zenit for an SLR it is not a typical SLR with all of the crazy cool features and easy to get hold of lens’s. The OM1 range was basically the very first of the truely professional SLRs. The OM range went on to produce a lot of cameras from 1 to 10 I believe. As years went on they added more and more electronics and made it more automatic. The OM1 is truely manual and has a neat feature of a light meter needle that doesn’t even need batteries. This is such a good camera and I can’t wait to use it to see what it can do. The whole OM range is great and made very well but the OM1 is special as it was unique and kick started a massive revolution of SLRs.
Thats it, thats the gang, my homies. I have the LCA for great shoot from the hip shots. The supersampler for pure fun. The Lubitel for arty shots that require time. The Zenit for that bit of Russian SLR goodness. The Zorki for range finder shooting with a lens anyone would desire and the OM1 for anything I need. Bring on 2012.
I will just mention too the awesome birthday pressie my wife got me. An Epson V500 the best of all negative scanners. I have never been able to scan my own negs and have relied upon the lab. Now I have even more control over my developing. What a great present and I didn’t even ask for it!
What I love about this collection is that all it has cost me is £5 (The Zenit) They have all been gifts or won or swapped.