Friday, June 24, 2011

Ahoy! The La Sardina "El Capitan" Camera from Lomography!

FPP London - La Sardina Camera & Flash "El Capitan" Camera

blog by Michael Raso

While in London UK this past weekend for our Film Photography Podcast (FPP) Meet-Up, I (along with FPP super-pal John Fedele) had the opportunity to shoot with the new Lomography La Sardina "El Capitan" 35mm camera. With a spectacular wide-angle lens, multiple exposure capabilities, tripod thread, flash, color flash filters and a rewind dial—this is the perfect summer fun camera. Hey, it’s shaped like a can of sardines too!

The camera retails for $ and includes the camera, flash, big lomography book (Yup, that a book…not a booklet) and instructions. Three other models are also available. If you’re into W-I-D-E angle film photography, multiple exposures, lens flare and collecting cool cameras, add the La Sardina line of cameras to you wish-list!

FPP London - La Sardina Camera & Flash "El Capitan" Camera

Technical Specifications: • Film Type: Standard 35mm (135)
• Exposure Area: 36mm x 24mm
• Lens Focal Length: 21mm
• Aperture: Fixed f/8
• Angle of view: 91 degrees
• Shutter Speed: Bulb (B), 1/100 (N)
• Closest Focusing Distance: 0.6m
• Focusing Steps: Two Step Focusing -- 0.6m-1m, 1m-Infinity
• View Finder: Inverse Galileo-Type Built-in Viewfinder
• Film Counting: Auto Film Counting
• Film Stopping: Yes
• Multiple Exposures: Yes
• Cable Release Connection: Yes
• Tripod Mount: 1/4' Tripod Screw
• Shutter Release Lock: Shutter Locks After Lens Collapsed
• Flash Contact: Unique La Sardina Micro Contact (for Fritz the Blitz flash only)

What is Lomography?
The desire for spontaneous and unpredictable distortions of developed Lomographic photos have spawned an emerging Lomographic community and the Lomographic Society International, a group of Lomographic photographers ("Lomographers" or "Lomographiers") with the intention to "speak in photos and know no boundaries in our mission to snapshot every corner of the world".

Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Characteristics such as over-saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, "happy accidents," and alternative film processing are often considered part of the "Lomographic Technique."[citation needed] Users are encouraged to take a lighthearted approach to their photography, and use these techniques to document everyday life, as the Lomo LC-A's small size, simple controls, and ability to shoot in low light encourages candid photography, photo reportage, and photo vérité through the "10 Golden Rules" to maximize their chances to capture strange photos and to embody a Lomographers' statement of life being unpredictable curious adventure of "having fun while taking good pictures":

- Take your camera everywhere you go.
- Use it any time – day and night.
- Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
- Try the shot from the hip
- Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
- Don't think! Just Shoot (also the credo of Lomography).
- Be fast
- You don't have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
- Afterwards either.
- Don't worry about any rules.

Check out the main Lomo Site:

Film Photography Podcast - March 2011
What is FPP?
The Film Photography Project seeks to inform, engage and inspire amateur and professional photographers working in the traditional film medium. Launched by FPP founder Michael Raso in 2009, FPP provides a forum for photographers from around the globe to share their creative output, challenges and product reviews, while promoting the viability of vintage cameras and film through frequent give-aways and exchange programs. In addition to the Film Photography Podcast Internet Radio Show, the Film Photography Project network of imprints includes the FPP Flickr Page, YouTube Channel, Facebook Group, Twitter Account, newsletter and the Film Photography Project Store.

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About me
Michael Raso is passionate about film as a viable and exciting medium for the visual artist, even in this age of digital photography. A photographer, producer and filmmaker working professionally in the visual arts for over 20 years, Michael is also the founder of the Film Photography Project and its fortnightly internet radio show, the Film Photography Podcast. At last count, Michael was actively shooting with over 50 vintage cameras.

Have a question about your film photography? E-mail me anytime!
Michael Raso
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  1. Awesome scans Mike! My shots are okay but I need better scans done. Love the camera though, real fun to use and it really gets a reaction from people.


  2. Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Characteristics ...