Viewfinder from the Past

Here they are, the pictures taken in 2012, from a vintage, 1953 смена камера (Russian for Smena Camera).

Unfortunately the scanner has a way to make scanned images look even older than they truly are, and the colours are more faded than the original. Nevertheless these images do prove that old machines can still produce wicked things. Analog photography is so much more challenging than the digital world. There are limited picture that can be taken each role, and developing them is expensive. Still the results are much more satisfying than when a luxurious, automatic, he does it himself camera is used. (Of course this is an attempt to make the images uncovered below look more precious, because the digital age rocks as well!)

Please do jump into a vintage store sometimes and have a look around, who knows you might find your own time machine! Besides, if you do not know it works? Google will know!


How far can you go?

The following picture is a one of a kind. How often do you see tombstones being sold next to the apples and melons?

The moment a camera was placed in my hands for a viewfinder to capture beautiful images, destiny made its path for me. My obsession with cameras was not clear until I placed the facts on a sheet of paper. Purchasing 7 video/photo cameras in a year (broken or not) seemed somewhat irrational. Experimenting with different lenses, brands and anything unusual leaked into a much bigger pool than just a hobby.

On an underground Russian market, bordering the Tallinn (Estonian capital) railway station, an interesting looking camera attracted my eyes. The camera looked antique, but still in excellent condition. After buying the camera, wrapped in an interesting looking case, a short research was necessary. Turns out this is a Lomo, of which it is one first of the Smena models (1953) from the USSR. The camera was designed to produce 8mm film, but the 35mm fits inside as well. Only in order to use modern film, an empty film role case must be placed up-side-down inside the camera, for the film to flow from the original case into this empty role. After capturing all the images, the film must manually be rolled back into its original case. Of course without any light being able to damage the film. After some experimentation the film was developed and the outcome is extraordinary!

The images shown below are taken of the Smena in a photo studio. The photos that this 60 year old model took will be presented very soon!

This is something exquisite rapped into something beautiful. The case fits perfectly around the camera

The camera with the case open. With the screw underneath the two are stuck together. It is easy to take a photo with the case open, which is what modern cameras miss nowadays.

Here she is without her dress