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Have you ever suffered the loss of a lens cap? Many of us have and there is nothing more heartbreaking than putting a ‘naked’ lens back in your bag. Fret no longer because hüfa has developed an innovative solution to an age-old problem with their lens cap holder. Not only can it be attached to your camera strap, but also to camera bags, belts, watch straps, shirt collars, headbands, or any other place you can fasten it. The hüfa lens cap holder is easy to use, durable, lightweight, and above all, secure. Come by the shop today and check one out.
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As the plastic camera craze continues to sweep the nation and film begins to experience a long overdue comeback, many people are left to wonder what the driving force behind this movement is.
The story of Lomography begins back in 1982 when a Russian government official challenged a comrade of his (who happened to own LOMO Russian Arms and Optical factory) to replicate a Cosina CX-1 that was manufactured in Japan. Later that year, the LOMO factory rolled out the LC-A, an improved version of the Japanese compact camera, and mass production began two years later in 1984.
International interest in the LC-A was sparked in 1991 when the camera was discovered by two Viennese students who stumbled upon the communist gem in an old camera shop in Prague. After returning to Vienna, friends, family, and passersby of the students fell in love with the images that had been created with the camera and interest in importing the cameras began.
If 1982 was the spark of Lomography, then 1992 was the big bang. Since interest in the little commie camera had grown so quickly (resulting in backpack raids in Russia to acquire more cameras) the Vienna City council took note and aided the movement by donating an empty house for Lomographic operations. Later, this house served as the location of the first Lomography exhibition, where 700 LC-A’s were sold, and the very first LomoWall (a defining feature of Lomography Gallery Stores) was constructed.
In the years since the first exhibition, Lomography has seen an astronomical rise in popularity largely due to their community-like structure. Since 1992 Lomography has: launched a website, created a Lomo Embassy in Berlin, and held simultaneous exhibitions in New York City and Moscow (1994), convinced Russian manufacturers to continue producing the LC-A (1996), hosted a Lomographic World Congress in Madrid (1997), begun opening Lomography stores (2001), and launched a line of fashion items (2003). Additionally, Lomo has been introducing innovative toy cameras to the market since 1998 and they unveiled their first in-house camera in 2000.
Before the advent of Facebook and Twitter, there was Lomography – the original social network.
Lomography Names to Know (click on names to view more information and sample images)
Lomo LC-A/+: Faithful reproduction of the original
Lomo LC-Wide: Ultra-wide angle camera
Diana+/F+: Reproduction of the 1960’s Diana, uses 120 film and fun retro flash, many colors
La Sardina: Wide angle lens camera with a sardine can-like body, flash and cool patterns
Spinner 360: Pull the string and create a 360° photo
Sprocket Rocket: Creates wide images over the entire piece of film, sprockets and all
Fisheye One/No. 2: Circular fisheye lens camera (round image), underwater housing available
Actionsampler: Snaps a quad of 4 sequential images on one 35mm frame
SuperSampler: 4 sequential vertical images on a single 35mm frame
Pop 9: Produces 9 identical images on a single film frame
Oktomat: Shoots 8 sequential images onto a single frame in 2.5 seconds
Lubitel 166+: Soviet-era reproduction medium format, twin lens camera
Holga: Medium format (also available in 35mm) plastic camera, images have soft corners
*New* LomoKino: Shoots short, 144 frame films to 35mm film
Check out the new Toy Camera Meet-Up Group in town!
The weather is changing and the spring cleaning is beginning. As you tackle the cluttered areas of your home and work, you may come across some plastic film canisters that hold 35mm film. These canisters have several secondary uses beyond their film storing use.
We would like to share with you a few creative ideas to give these canisters a second purpose. Donating these film canisters to your local photography specialty store can also provide a second purpose for them. Often we have customers and local organizations asking us for these to use for their own creative projects.
First Aid Kit
To make a first aid kit, clean out with soap and water. Put in a few band-aids and alcohol wipes. Poke a hole in lid and string through yarn to carry around your neck.
Portable Fishing Rig
With a film canister, you can make a portable fishing rig. Keep the line and hook inside, and the canister itself snaps onto the line as your bobber. When not in use, the line does not wrap around your other possessions, and the hook does not snag on fingers or clothing.
A film canister can also be a highly amusing cat toy. They roll into more of the places cats like to play, and can also be tossed up a few inches into the air by a cat. You can put a jingle bell inside or something that will rattle. This is safe, because cats almost never chew their toys like dogs do. Just be sure you collect them all if you bring a dog or a baby into the house, or if you add a cat large enough to swallow them (unlikely).
Portable Spice or Pill Container
When heading out to on a trip, the film canisters can be used to store spices, condiments, or pills in smaller amounts than you would store at home.
Use the canisters to save the seeds I pick from flowers or the plants in my garden. I put a slip of paper in with the seeds and the date I picked them.
You can put together a small emergency sewing kit in a film canister. Take a few different colors of thread and wind them around a small piece of cardboard that is short enough to fit inside the canister. Add a needle and a few safety pins, and you are all set. If you want to have scissors, too, you can find one of those small pocket knives with the scissors, or even just the knife blade if you are careful. Bring the canister with you when you are shopping to be sure the knife fits.
Use the film canisters to keep quarters in, usually one in my purse and another in my car. Whenever I want to purchase a newspaper or a soft drink out of a machine, I have the correct change with me. This could also be used for emergency gas money if you put a $5 bill in the canister.
I've been introduced to aromatherapy and find that peppermint works extremely well for my headaches and lavender helps me relax when I'm feeling stressed. Since I don't want to carry the glass bottles in my briefcase, I fill Fuji cannisters near to the top with Epsom salts, add a few drops of essential oil and make a label for the blend. I can pop off the top and inhale deeply without offending my co-workers with my oil's lingering scent.
Rubber Stamps for Little Hands
Use the empty film canisters to mount rubber stamps on. Glue the stamp to the bottom, easy to hold onto while stamping the image. This could also help someone with arthritis who might need a larger handle to hold onto.
When vacationing or visiting a friend, I cut two slits--approximately 1/2 inch apart--in the side a film canister and insert my dog's collar through the slits. Inside the canister I place a piece of paper with the following: dog's name, my name, address, home and cell phone numbers, vet information, where we are staying on vacation, etc. If the dog is staying at our friend's house, I put their information on the paper too. You can fit so much more vital information on the paper than what is on their ID tags.
Match Stick Holder
Before your next camping trip, glue sandpaper to the outside of the film canister and lid - then place your stick matches inside. Now you have waterproofed matches & somewhere to strike them!
Paint the craft sticks black. Decorate the sticks and the containers using colored vinyl tape. Cut a slit in the tops to hold the craft sticks securely. Fill containers half full with rice, beans or beads. Replace the tops. Push in the crafts sticks.
For further information on the safety of using these plastic canisters for other purposes, visit the Kodak’s website to read their official statement.
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