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Though the medium almost died in the mid-Aughts, instant cameras are now more advanced and more affordable than ever. Some even have Bluetooth. It’s still hard to take a perfect photo with one of them, but that’s part of the fun.

The retro camera fanatics at Lomography are diving into the world of instant photography with a colourful new shooter packed with all the charm and nostalgia of the 35mm Lomos you've known for years. It follows from the spirit of the Impossible Project, which proved that stirring up interest in lo-fi photo is eminently possible

If there's one thing that's keeping traditional analogue film still alive, it's lomography's relentless pursuit to keep the medium alive with unique cameras that always seem to bring a new approach to film photography. This time around it's introducing the Konstruktor: a $35 build-it-yourself plastic camera that gives photographers a crash course on how they're soul-stealing device really works.

Many photographers who still shoot on film do so for its unique aesthetics. But a small subset just downright hate digital cameras, and with Lomo's new Belair X 6-12 and its retro bellow mechanism hanging around their neck, no one will ever mistake their shooter for one of those new-fangled digital monstrosities.

No matter how you feel about film (sacrilege!), or the saturated, low-fi aesthetic of lomography, you've got to admit there's something special about the brightly coloured lomo cameras and their countless iterations. Something that looks that fun must be fun, right? If you've ever had the urge to buy one, now's the time. They're on sale.

Instead of having an obnoxious wedding photographer trying to grab candid shots of the guests during the reception, Instructables user letMeBeFranks built this gigantic Lomo that served as a private photobooth. At $US150, constructed from scrounged parts and equipment from around his home, it was a lot cheaper than renting one too.

Styled kind of like an old Kodak Brownie, Lomography's first-ever video camera, the Lomokino, shoots video on ordinary rolls of 35mm film with a little crank of a handle. Capable of squeezing up to 50 seconds of footage onto a standard 36-frame roll, the finished results are a real throwback to ye olden days.

Eleven months before the next Russia Day, Lomography's wrapped the classic Ruski film-camera in red goats' leather and painted fertility symbols on it. Why they did that, I'm not sure, but I do like the soviet badge on the back.

If you happen to be in Hong Kong before May 3rd, check out this giant Lomography exhibition in the Times Square shopping mall. You can jump on giant trampoline replicas of Lomography's well-known camera models, or take a pew on one of the oversized film rolls.