The Bizarreness Effect


This is the same “Lomo 800” but on 35mm stock.  These were all slightly over-exposed, and developed in fresh, minty chemicals.

These were all shot on the hand-made MS Optical 50mm Sonnetar f/1.1, just back from a tune-up by Miyazaki-san in Japan.  It seems to hold its own relatively well on film.

A character lens, on character film;

Just one more service we offer here at Iftimestoodstill Enterprises.  (…And don’t ask me how I got that last shot).






10 thoughts on “The Bizarreness Effect

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Jordan!

      It is definitely not a lens for every day; and it is certainly better on film than digital (actually reportedly designed specifically for film by the maker, Mr. Sadayasu Miyazaki of Japan). It has a few quirks, in that that aperture is clickless, and may move when you adjust the focus ring. Furthermore, it may not bring up the correct framelines on a digital body (due to the slightly altered film-flange distance) and there is some variation between copies (which I guess is kind of part of its charm).

      I keep it around because it is such a unique piece–handmade, tiny, extremely light, fast, and kind of cool looking! (Plus, how many people are actually designing lenses these days??)

      More photos taken with it may be found here.


  1. Karim D. Ghantous (@kdghantous) says:

    Love the first one the most – fantastic bokeh. The last one is a close second. The light in your bathroom isn’t quite as magical – maybe install lots of Christmas lights in there? I still think this film is a winner, too. 😉

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Karim.

      Actually I think you’re right–the 35mm stuff is worth the effort. The 120, for some reason, I am just not as fond of.

      All the best,

  2. serialphotographer says:

    The first is a stunner and would make a perfect Christmas card. The lens does show wonderful characteristics and that age is a wondrous all too short period savour every moment

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