Posted by: Sarah Keogh | January 9, 2009

Smena 35

Last year I decided to take a plunge and buy a camera I had heard little about – and I’m so happy that I did. I have to admit I’m a little in love with my Smena 35. The first thing I did while considering the purchase was to Google “Smena 35”. The most useful site being The Lomography Society presents Smena 35. Here I found out it was created in 1995, was very simple to use and had the Lomo “B” setting which meant night time shots! It also had a hotshoe so I could used my colour splash flash with it.
A few things I like about this camera is it’s weather and focus icons, making it really easy to set the camera to your liking. It also has a mechanical shutter cock which means it won’t start taking shots by itself in my bag.
Since having my new baby in my hands I have experimented with a few different films. I have to admit when taking day shots and using the usual colour negative film at either 200 or 400 ISO, the shots are nothing special. However, when I try slide film at 100ISO and I cross-process the film the fun begins. The camera produces textures to the shot that I’m yet to see any other camera do:Yet on the same roll of film shot on the same day I can get something completely different:
I love the unpredictability. I tend to carry this camera around with me more than the others now. They’re not easy to come by, but if you find one, snap it up.

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