In this chapter of Lomogon Stories, we read about the experiences of French photographer Agathe Savonet, a.k.a. theblues as she navigates through side streets and passageways across Paris with the new Lomogon 2.5/32 Art Lens.
Hey, my name is Agathe Savonet, I shot with the Lomogon 2.5/32 Art Lens. in analogue and digital.
The first session was I used Canon Eos 300 with a Lomo Color Negative 100. I took it around the center of Paris, it was all sunny and it was the first (late) days of summer. It’s a beautiful side of Paris — full of people and tourists, of course.
But with a camera, I’m also a tourist in my own city. So I went to the usual touristic and traditional places: Tuileries Garden, because there were people sitting enjoying the sun and because there was a fun fair; and where there are people, there are pictures to take!
Second particular places I went to were the passages or galleries; they were beautiful because of the glass roofs of old storefronts. Funny thing is that people were looking at the Lomogon funnily because of the aperture ring (and because it’s black and shiny). Even when waiting for the right instant, people are kind enough to wait and to try to see what you are shooting. Light is quite different in the passage than the sunny light outside, so colors are different too. The great thing with the Lomogon is how it catches those colors (and most of all the light, intense).
The last session was with the digital camera: under the Bir Hakeim Bridge. That’s another beautiful place that I always enjoy! And with the nice, usual Parisian landscapes, I find them really fitting for wedding pictures; and obviously many people wanted to take some photos. That place is also interesting for subway trains coming and going, which is one of my favorite subjects.
What was special in those shoots was using the lens itself. At first, it seems big but it’s actually useful for stability. The aperture ring can be moved just with the tip of the finger, not leaving the viewfinder, which is a good way to see the intended picture. I do get lost sometimes, not remembering at what aperture it was.
On the optical properties, the sharpness at F11 is very nice, especially when I shot Parisian landscapes. The other quality I liked is the colors: I found them very intense, no matter the aperture.