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Posted: 06.02.2003
Windows to the soul
We just added a dozen new Lomos to lomo-motion.com -- seven by "her" and five by "him". The last one is our 50th one -- see, I told you I'd use the domain if I bought it! *wink*

Todd's anniversary present showed up a bit late today. I bought him a Kiev 35A, supposedly similar to a Lomo. He plans to find out ASAP. I bought it from these guys over the phone, and I was very pleased with the service and turn-around. (It wasn't their fault we have issues with our UPS guy. Don't even ask me what condition the box arrived in!) Ignore the fact their website says it takes 120 medium-format film though. It doesn't. It's a 35mm camera. So if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the Lomo, watch this space for comparisons soon. (UPDATE: I just noticed that Amazon has more Holga camera starter kits in stock again. See this entry's comments for other alternatives.)

And somewhat related...when we were at Ritz getting reprints made late this afternoon, we saw something that made both of our hearts melt. An elderly gentleman -- he must have been in his early 80s -- was at the do-it-yourself enlargement equipment working very gingerly on a photograph. You could tell his hands had problems with arthritis, but that didn't seem to be the reason each and every movement was slow, meticulous and calculated. He caught my attention and I did my best to not be obvious, yet see the photograph he was working on so diligently. I tapped Todd on the shoulder as the man pulled it out of the machine and held it up to see his hard work. It was a beautiful 8x10 hand-tinted photograph of a young woman. The photo had to have been from the mid-to-late 1940s. You could tell he stopped to take a moment to collect himself while looking it over. Obviously we'll never know the true story behind the gentleman and his precious photograph, but we were both very moved by the whole thing. Love truly is timeless...

Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...

very moving!

¤ ¤ credit: Don | 06.02.03 at 11:25 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Hmmmm...I like how the Kiev 35A is a total knockoff of a Minox design of the mid 80s. Very funny. Most Russian cameras have been copies of German designs, to the point that they actually copied WW2 Luftwaffe aircraft cameras...and left the Luftwaffe insignia on it.


For a trip down memory lane, do a search on eBay under "Zorki". Some of the finest Leica copies to ever come out of Russia...and you can take that for what you will.

Glad you're having fun with them!

¤ ¤ credit: Z. Hendirez | 06.02.03 at 11:32 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Yep, here's more on the Kiev 35A being a copy of the Minox 35 EL.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 06.02.03 at 11:37 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Your loving description of the older gentleman brought tears to my eyes, Robyn. Cut. It. Out.

¤ ¤ credit: Da Goddess | 06.03.03 at 12:19 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

awww. I love that stuff. It's the sappy chick in me. Even though sometimes I want to curse at old people in traffic, seeing an elderly couple holding hands always makes me get smooshy.

¤ ¤ credit: Joelle | 06.03.03 at 12:29 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Thats like a kodak commercial or something :)

I'd really like to see some more photos from this camera once they're developed....I've always wanted a Lomo, but have been a little wary of the price :)


¤ ¤ credit: allison | 06.03.03 at 02:02 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

But the Kiev 35A isn't a Lomo, so is it part of the Lomomotion? *giggle* (Then again, I guess the Holga isn't made by Lomo either, even though they sell both on the Lomography site!) Now you just need a Lubitel. I love my Lubi-baby - it's just so retro chic! (It is a Lomo too. Mmmm... Russian cameras!)

¤ ¤ credit: Christine | 06.03.03 at 03:26 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Ok, I'm a dork. Stop laughing at me. I know you are... I just spotted on the Linden Hills site that it says the Kiev 35A is a Lomo lens. (I don't think that's what the box says though. Have to look later, too tired now!)

¤ ¤ credit: Christine | 06.03.03 at 03:28 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

GREAT ... you made me bust out a whole new box of puffs. Thanks. No really. Thanks. (note to self ... go to tar-jay, get more puffs)

There may be a screenwriter in you yet ...

¤ ¤ credit: Kitty | 06.03.03 at 08:04 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Don't you just LOVE Ritz?!!! They do such a super job at digital reprinting.

I am on the second leg of my campaign to get my film loving wife to bite the bullet and make the transition to digital. My latest weapon of choice: watching One Hour Photo with her. I also asked for an Olympus Stylus 400 for Father's Day.

On another note: I can't wait to see the Kiev 35A pictures Todd takes...

¤ ¤ credit: KB | 06.03.03 at 11:36 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I need to get my photo site sorted out sometime. I got Showmyphotos.com and ILovePhotos.com for it but can't decide which I like more. Prolly the first one for personal and second for group blog. Anyway keep posting :-)

¤ ¤ credit: Jason D- | 06.03.03 at 11:55 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Definitely let us know how it compares to the Lomo!

¤ ¤ credit: Jenni | 06.03.03 at 12:09 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

whew. thought you were going to say he was photoshopping porn

¤ ¤ credit: dj mo fo | 06.03.03 at 02:04 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I thought I was the only one who admitted to owning and using a Holga. But I'm a purest, I have the 120s. No flash but as I recall, I paid 9.95 for it.

With about 20+ cameras at my disposal, I now only use 2. (execpt when I shoot football) I use my digital and my Holga.

It's just so much fun.

cool site.


¤ ¤ credit: Paul | 06.03.03 at 09:55 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

What a sweet storyt!! Great pics, btw!!

¤ ¤ credit: Angel | 06.03.03 at 11:49 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

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