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    My Lomo LCA doesn't vignette!

    It's an old-ish model--it says MADE IN USSR on it and when I got it it smelled like it had been in storage a long time--but it takes perfect pictures!

    I don't want to start flinging it against the wall or anything but does anyone have any suggestions on how I could make it vignette or distort a bit.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

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    Try bashing it on your head or chewing on the lens.
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    You'd better try and get a refund!
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    How dare these russians, building a functional camera?!

    Put it in a flower pot, water it and wait for some fungus to grow. It will lower the contrast and if you´re lucky some earth crumbs will stick onto the front lens, obstructing the image quality.
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    Heck, my Diana doesn't vignette either! It takes perfect pictures too! In fact I made superslides from the pictures and they really have to be projected really big to make the soft-focus quality evident.

    I think the distinctive qualities of these cult cameras are over-hyped. All the buzz about them leads you expect things that may or may not happen. The point to remember is that they're unpredictable and part of the fun IS the surprise you get when you look at the results. Trying to force the camera to do something somebody told you it's supposed to do is kind of missing the point.

    Take the perfect pictures with the Lomo, then experiment with other cameras. Maybe you can find some old plastic TLR somewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewmoodie
    It's an old-ish model--it says MADE IN USSR on it and when I got it it smelled like it had been in storage a long time--but it takes perfect pictures!

    I don't want to start flinging it against the wall or anything but does anyone have any suggestions on how I could make it vignette or distort a bit.

    Thanks.

    Andrew
    Download GIMP <http://www.gimp.org>
    Downlaod the LOMO script.
    Open up image, run the LOMO script, and... voila! Your images look like it was done with a Lomo. I use this when I shoot with my P&S digital and I want the image to look "bad".

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    If you want soft, vignetted pictures, go for the Holga with a 6x6 mask. I've yet to see one where the lens could cover the film evenly. (Maybe the factory has mistakenly sent out an example that covers the film, but somehow I doubt it.)

    Every other camera I've used to get "that look" has been hit-or-miss. Some are soft, some are not. Some vignette, some do not. I think of this as part of the fun.
    Film is cheap. Opportunities are priceless.

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    I don't know. I've heard this mentioned once or twice before and it always sounds sort of comical to non-lomographers to hear someone complaining about a lack of aberations. If your lab isn't cropping the prints, then maybe you just a bad... um good one. It will still have the distinctive exposure characteristics that make it a Lomo. At least you didn't miss out on that funky, funky Lomo smell
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    Shoot in bright conditions, preferably towards the sun.


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    The Russian Smell

    Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
    I don't know. I've heard this mentioned once or twice before and it always sounds sort of comical to non-lomographers to hear someone complaining about a lack of aberations. If your lab isn't cropping the prints, then maybe you just a bad... um good one. It will still have the distinctive exposure characteristics that make it a Lomo. At least you didn't miss out on that funky, funky Lomo smell
    I know well the smell of Russian equipment its unforgettable A guy I know, who has a degree in leather technology,and has a Zenit E, talked about this once, he told me the smell is caused by the way the Russians tan leather, they use urinic acid, derived from pig urine, apparently the process goes back to the middle ages and hasn't been used in the west for hundreds of years.

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