Archive for October, 2015

Jirafe Attiko Parko

                                        Giraffe Attiko Parko,Greece D3200, Nikon 50-200mm VR

Attiko Parko

Today I visited the Attikon Park, a great place to visit when you are in Athens. I was hopping for a great photo day as a sider to the whole experience. But the weather was rainy, rainy and cloudy. I did a lot of mistakes with my D3200 and the combo of 18-55Vr and the 50-200mm VR since I worried alot about my non-weatherproof gear.

Still i managed to have some great shots. Here is the first batch.

I start with the glorious bears, which seemed unaffected and In tune with this rainy weather.

I hope you Like them

A bear called Vladimir Attiko Park D3200 50-200mm VR

A bear called Vladimir
Attiko Park
50-200mm VR

A bear called Vladimir

A bear called Vladimir

Black Flowers

Black Flowers, D3200, LR5

Look, I am Lucky Look

Look, I am Lucky Look, D3200

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

I recently bought my first medium camera from the flea market for an undisclosed , dirt-cheap price. The lucky camera that i saved from oblivion was named LUNA, I immediately understood it was a USSR LOMO made Lubitel 2. Since I had never encountered that brand, I did a little research and found out it is the 4th edition of the Lubitel 2, built somewhere around 1975-1977.

It is identified as PK1455. Camera identical to PK1420 “No-Name” version , but under export name “LUNA”. Intended for Greece market. Very uncommon to find.” source

It was in good condition with its original leather case. I really like this little camera and I’m looking forward on testing it.

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

LUNA by LOMO, Lubitel 2

Some data on the camera specs.

The Lubitel-2

After one million three hundred thousand Lubitels produced, GOMZ re-evaluated the design and decided to add a self-timer and a flash sync. This redesign was done by G. Barkovski, according to Princelle, thus creating the Lubitel-2.

The literature claims that the Lubitel-2 came in two shutters: a ZT-5 with speeds of 1/10s to 1/200s, and a ZT-8 with 1/15s to 1/250s. I don’t know what to make of this: I think the difference in speeds is probably an artefact of labeling rather than anything technical, and is the result of the postwar introduction of the new power-of-two shutter speed system: 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 (noted as 1/15), 1/32 (noted as 1/30), 1/64 (noted as 1/60), 1/128 (noted as 1/125), 1/256 (noted as 1/250), 1/512 (noted as 1/500), 1/1024 (noted as 1/1000), and so on, that took the place of the earlier decimal system that counted 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, et cetera. Converting to the newer system simply means writing 1/60 instead of 1/50, and assuming the difference to be within your margin of error. Info from Alfreds Camera Place

Here is an Excerpt from the 1971 book/brochure “Discover Rewarding Photography” by Ronald Spillman A.I.I.P:


An extremely versatile 6×6cm twin-lens focusing reflex taking twelve pictures on 120 roll film. Although this camera is priced at the lower end of the scale, it incorporates most features required by the keen beginner and yet has a performance that will satisfy the critical user.

The lens is a 75mm coated f/4.5, which focuses down to 4′. The leaf shutter is behind the lens, has five speeds from 1/15th to 1/250th second, and is synchronized for flash.

The Lubitel-2 is a camera without frills. You wind on the film by means of an ordinary knob and there is a window to show you the frame numbering on the back paper. There is a clever helical screw mount to the taking lens. As this is rotated it turns the upper, viewing lens to similar focus. Viewing is by means of an always-in-focus convex lens giving a brilliant image. A circular ground-glass spot at the center is used for focusing. There is a folding magnifier and a flip-up direct vision viewfinder incorporated in the folding hood. The camera contains a filter compartment, has a delayed action device built into the shutter, and is supplied with ever-ready case.”

Info from Alfreds Camera Place


The Resurrected Camera argues that … “Digital technology could be the best thing ever to happen to film”.

He writes: “I’ve had a few discussions with classmates who’ve never touched a camera that wasn’t digital, and there seems to be some ignorance/misinformation out there that needs clearing up.  There exists a device, wherein a photographer takes a strip of film negative and converts it into binary code on a computer, therefore rendering it a digital photograph.  Shoot a roll of film, get it developed, scan it; that’s really as far as you need to go (optical printing is just the icing on the cake).  From there, you can do whatever you want with it, and all the advantages of digital technology become open to film users.”

Read the Article: Digital technology could be the best thing ever to happen to film


I read an article in a blog called The Shaw Academy, about 10 Signs You Are Ready To Become A Professional Photographer. Read The article and see which sings you recognize  in yourself.

Read The Article :10 Signs You Are Ready To Become A Professional


For Last I’ve read an article by By Russ Burden at Outdoor Photographer  titled Move Beyond the Hobby. In this short article he describes his development as a photographer.

He writes “From the first time I picked up a camera when I was 12 years old, photography has been a big part of my life. Over the years it evolved and I turned professional. The point at which this occurred is tough to define so it’s hard to say when I moved beyond the hobby. When I get asked by enthusiastic photographers what they need to do to become a professional, I give them a quick synopsis of the steps I took. They certainly are not the be all, end all, but they should help point you in the right direction. Found below are some of the steps I’ve taken. Mimic them, modify them, or dismiss them and choose your own path. Whatever course you choose, stay determined and focused.”

Read The Article : Move Beyond the Hobby

Surreal Canvas