04. 28. 2007
LOMO retro cameras
For a relatively inexpensive trip down memory lane (or the memory lane belonging to and underappreciated by your parents), Fredflare offers several models of retro 35mm and medium format cameras with fun features that might unlock reserves of cheesy creativity you didn't even know you had. They're made of lightweight plastic and aim to charm you with their old tricks, as well as all the modern features they lack.
The LOMO Oktomat 8 lens camera, which sells for $40, lets you shoot 8 photos in rapid succession so that you can make a tiny photo vignette like the one above. There's no built-in flash, but these would be a fun alternative to those disposable cameras provided at some parties (proms, weddings, Bat Mitzvahs) for guests to snap photos of one another.
The LOMO fish eye camera sells for $50, and creates those distorted, dizzying fish eye images that you've been missing all these years. This one has a flash, and runs on one AA battery.
One more after the jump.
Lastly, there's the Holga medium format camera which sells as part of a starter kit for $70. The built-in flash operates on two AA batteries, and the kit contains a 120 film roll, opaque tape, batteries, and instruction manual. This one is modelled after the classic medium format cameras of old, and includes a color flash, a long exposure option, and a feature that allows you to shoot multiple exposures in a single frame.
I personally want the retro Oktomat camera for my next trip to the beach, and I'll carry it around in a 1970s retro plastic tote bag with big fat daisies on them (know where I can get one of those?)