The Lomography brand combines funky design with bright colors and sometimes a crazy invention, and that’s why its fans love it so much. It’s certainly far from a shelf of visually almost identical black DSLRs; the best Lomography cameras come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Many of his projects first saw the light of day as crowdfunding projects, funded by the same audience who now enjoy shooting with them. All their products are not surprising (indeed, it is often argued that some Lomography cameras oversimplify things, to the detriment of the user’s creative freedom) but they are unique, and the world of photography is richer for them existing.
Best Lomography Cameras
We have selected the best Lomography cameras available in 2020, a mix of new and old models. We have also found the best prices and offers from retailers around the world, but the availability of Lomography cameras.
1. Lomography Sprocket Rocket Red 2.0
It is an attractive and affordable option for those looking to explore the joys of filmmaking. The Sprocket Rocket from a few years ago was recently updated in Sprocket Rocket Red 2.0. As its memorable name suggests, the original Rocket has received a new bright crimson red coat and now features more durable aluminum film advance buttons. Overall, this is one of the best Lomography cameras.
But, like its predecessor, the latest generation Sprocket Rocket was designed with a single idea in mind: capture the largest possible photos on 35mm film with a gabled exposure frame and panoramic perspective. Key features include a 30mm focal length, an aperture range from f/10.8 to f/16, a tripod mount, and a hot shoe mount. The focus ranges from 0.6-meter “macro” to infinity, which leaves a lot of possibilities.
2. Lomo’instant wide
Using a Lomo camera does not necessarily mean wondering where to have your film developed, because, capitalizing on the success of Fuji’s Instax range of cameras and films, Lomography itself now offers instant camera alternatives. This option is a close rival to Fuji’s Instax Wide 300, thanks to the large-format prints it produces and the four AA batteries needed to power it. The viewfinder here is in a different location from its Fujifilm twin, but it is still relatively bulky with limited controls.
However, we do have dedicated buttons to disable the flash and adjust the exposure between +/- 1EV. Best results are obtained when the exposure is reduced and the flash is disabled. Complemented by a self-installed mirror on the front and a large serrated lever for the shutter release, a lens ring allows adjusting the focal length between 0.6 meters and infinity. Q, Bond’s ally, had to play a role in the design of this ring, as the lens cap houses a CR2025E lithium battery that allows it to act as a remote control. Overall, this is one of the best Lomography cameras.
3. Lomography Diana F+ with Flash
Brightly colored plastic shells and minimal features – which means all you have to (or can) do is aim and shoot – all the features of a Lomo camera are here and correct, including the fact that you need perfect lighting conditions to be able to take a picture. That said, there is now a version of the Diana F+ with the ability to connect a flash, which adds a certain amount of flexibility. The main features are three-position focusing, a single shutter speed (1/60 sec), and apertures related to lighting conditions, including pinhole, f/8, f/11, f/16.
To some extent, this is therefore as much a “point and hope” as anything else. While the basic Diana F+ camera is very affordable, there is a boxed accessory kit for those who want to diversify and experiment even more. Don’t be too disappointed by the sometimes raw results you’ll get – the nature of the hit and miss is part of the charm of Lomography. Overall, this is one of the best Lomography cameras.
4. Lomography LC-Wide 35mm
Because when you absolutely want to put everything in your frame, there’s this ultra-wide option – which is also very practical for pockets – to get that very vignetted, super-saturated, and inevitably a little blurry Lomo look. The 17mm lens provided here is wider than the standard lens of your kit and can be called an ultra-wide-angle. And all this from a camera that looks like it was used in the 1960s or 1970s. On this camera, we also enjoy the relative luxury of automatic exposure, with shutter speeds ranging from 1/500 sec to infinity and an aperture range from f/4.5 to f/16. Users will need to invest in three LR44 batteries to use this model, although this is hardly a barrier to purchase or creativity. Overall, this is one of the best Lomography cameras.
5. Lomography La Sardina
For those who want to try their hand at 35 mm without complicating things too much, Lomography’s La Sardina camera is a wise choice (it is available in a few colors, although we like the black “8-ball” edition). Simple to load and equipped with simple and clearly identified controls, La Sardina doesn’t really overload its user with exposure options. You work with an f/8 lens and your shutter speed choices are double: 1/100sec in N mode, or Bulb. So we recommend using film with a decent ASA speed (at least 400 to be sure), but as long as you take this precaution, you’ll have a lot of fun here. The useful wind dial also makes it easy to experiment with multiple exposures, allowing you to be really creative. Overall, this is one of the best Lomography cameras.
6. Lomography Diana Baby 110
Pocket camera for the traveling shooter, the Diana Baby 110 has been around for a few years but remains an excellent choice for analog shooting on the go. It uses 110 format film that is rarely used, which you may find difficult to find outside the official Lomography store, as it has stopped working and was somewhat forgotten until the company revived it. Despite the analog monopolies, the images taken with the Diana Baby 110 are surprisingly beautiful, considering the size of the camera. It’s amazing that Lomography has managed to incorporate additional features such as bulb mode and the ability to produce multiple exposures, allowing you to add a little more style to your shots. Overall, this is one of the best Lomography cameras.
7. Lomo’instant Automat
The Lomo’instant Automat from Lomography, the Sofort from Leica, and the SQ6 from Fuji are like peas in a pod, particularly comfortable in terms of size, style, and placement of key functions such as viewfinder and flash, plus the ability to use Instax Mini film. The Lomo version is powered by two CR2 batteries that are harder to find than standard AA batteries and is typically powered by a simple twist of the lens barrel. The operation consists of pointing and shooting all along the path thanks to a 60 mm lens, with an f/8 aperture, located at the front and in the center.
A lens ring allows photographers to compose a focal length between 60 cm and infinity. Nothing is lost here: the mirror shutter release is placed at the front, where it also facilitates the inevitable “selfies”. On a Lomo camera, the optical viewfinder provided is tiny, which makes precise framing difficult. Whether you choose this one or its Leica or Fujifilm equivalents will depend on your personal taste and budget. Overall, this is one of the best Lomography cameras.
8. Lomography Konstruktor F
For just over $30, as the name of the model indicates, the interest is to be able to build your own camera using the plastic shell of the kit provided. The upgraded version of the Konstruktor even comes with a PC socket for flash photography, but you will need the hot shoe adaptor which is included in the optional accessory kit ($17 extra). However, we found that there were a lot of panels, parts, screws, and plastic springs to assemble, so this version will reward those who have shown a certain degree of patience while developing their dexterity.
Not surprisingly, like the camera body itself, the lens is made of plastic and we have another 50mm fixed focal length lens with an aperture of f/10. On a more positive note, we appreciated the use of the viewfinder at the waist level and the vision through the lens that comes thanks to the spring-loaded mirror. It may be very Heath Robinson, but it is not without charm if you are not afraid to do the initial work. Overall, this is one of the best Lomography cameras.