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Style, film format 35mm zone focus, autoexposure capability

Lens, shutter Coated 32mm f/2.8 Minitar, leaf shutter

Photo quality Different (see text)

Ergonomics Small, simple to use. But that's not the reason people buy this camera.

Yes, I'll confess right now. I read the article that Popular Photography published about the Lomo in the late1990s and knew I had to have one. So off went about $100 or so to some place in Europe, and about four weeks later it arrived.

I got the full pack: the camera, the two rolls of film, the poster and the books.

It's a bizarre little camera that has achieved cult status.

The lens is certainly nothing to write home about, with visible vignetting and images that could hardly be called crisp.

But that's not the appeal of the camera. For the then-new generation of street photographers, it's the perfect camera. Small, one focus fits all (even if it's way off) and the ability to crank out frame after frame of unusual pictures.

So, if you want something different than the button-down approach to photography, pick up a Lomo and give it a go.