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Lomography cameras are portable nostalgia

Published On 06/11/2014 Published On 06/11/2014
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If the thought of loading real film into a real camera and washing your hands in real semi-toxic chemicals gets you all excited, then check out Lomography. Born in Vienna, Austria, in the '90s, these cameras are made for a creative, shoot-from-the-hip approach to snapshotting, turning every pic into a visually interesting piece of art. We played around with the cameras, and these are the results. Find your favorite below.


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La Sardina 8-Ball Camera - $69

Lomography's namesake is a little Soviet compact camera called the Lomo LC-A. Found by a group of students in Prague in '91, the little camera's vibrant, saturated photos were a hit. The tiny, bare-bones point-and-shoot Sardina 8-Ball captures the LC-A's essence and includes tripod mounts, a small bulb for longer-exposure shots, and a wide-angle lens that's easy to focus.

The Sardina shown above, but with a flash and colorful flash filters.

35mm film for all your Lomography needs.

Use your iPhone and this setup to take digital pics of your Lomo shots.

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Fisheye One Woodgrain Camera - $55

Fisheye lenses are perfect for shooting raves, clouds, and those apartment photos that make bathrooms look big enough to fit a couch. Lomography's fisheye camera comes in a variety of stylish casings, ranging from classic wood grain to a modern black/silver. It's fun to play with, too — which is important, since the company's motto is "Don't Think, Just Shoot."

A fisheye viewfinder with brushed metal.

A fisheye viewfinder with that cork look.

Spin this sucker around your head and take 360° pictures.

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Diana F+ Instant Camera - $139

This version of the Diana F+ makes Instant physical photos that you'll still love to share, and that your friends will definitely "like." The Diana F+ instant features an oversized, permanently-mounted flash, and it uses Lomography's instant film for quick-printing, pocket-sized snapshots.

Black on black, with two image size options.

A reimagining of the little camera that started it all.

Make art to make art — assemble you own camera.

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