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LomoKino : First Look

By • Nov 8th, 2011 • Category: Fun with film

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Burned two rolls of film on my LomoKino today (too excited to try it!) and finally I have my first LomoKino movie to share. I’ll upload the other one in a day or two. As I didn’t really read the details/specifications of the LomoKino … I was a little surprised how fast you can actually burn a roll! Yeah … probably in like 30 seconds or so if you continue shooting. Ouch! Guess I’ll go hunt for some cheap expired film to play then!

I forgot to bring along some slower film to the playground and had only a roll of Lomography’s Xpro 200 film in my bag. Being desperate, I loaded it into the LomoKino and prayed that something will turn out okay.

I guess I’ll have to try using the LomoKino on a tripod. There seems to be an earthquake each time I try hand hold the camera and wind it at at the same time. Will be cool if they have a hand grip for it. Hmm … maybe I’ll try DIY one soon.

Scanning the hundred over frames is not an (too) easy task. Luckily ThirtySix offers scanning services for films shot using LomoKino and even creates the movies from the scanned images. That saves me lots of sleepless nights!

16 Comments »

  1. lomokino is not a good idea. you are better off with a super 8 or 16mm film camera if you want motion in film.

  2. @MK : Of course the LomoKino is no Super 8 cam but to many … that’s the more feasible & convenient alternative there is. Are you using a Super 8 cam? I’ve always wanted to try one but getting the consumables and getting it digitized is a little troublesome.

  3. Hi ndroo, I am interested in this “movie” camera. It seems to me like a quarter frame camera (since you get 144). How is the framing of the viewfinder from what you frame with respect to what you got on film? From the images, how fast you cranked the camera? One round equals to 1 frame? Lastly, is there any way to project the movie to a wall using the lomoscope? Thanks in advance.

  4. @Patrick : The viewfinder is like all other Lomo cameras. Lol. That means it ain’t that accurate. How fast was I cranking it? Gosh … that’s a tough question. I sometimes slow down a little when I see my boy slowing down his actions. Hard to answer you about that. I didn’t really notice how many shots the camera takes when you turn the crank one round but it is at least 2 or 3. The scope is for you to view the film (positives!) with some external light source and not a projector. Pretty useless unless you are shooting slides (not the cross processed ones).

  5. Thanks for the quite reply! Was wondering you know the approx FOV as compared to 135 format and does the VF provide parallax correction lines for the close distance focus mode? Oops… I hope I didn’t ask too much questions on this camera as I could not find these info onlline. This camera does intrigue me quite a bit. I imagine shooting slides and project it to a wall by modifying the lomoscope, it would be way cool.

  6. @Patrick : It is a 25mm lens (http://microsites.lomography.com/lomokino/features). As for the viewfinder … no … it ain’t got any of those stuffs you mentioned. Just a simple viewfinder without any lines and such. 😀 It’s a Lomo camera after all. 😉

  7. I have used both Super 8 and !6mm and to me they represent the best options for motion in film. I’m not saying buying the film and getting it processed isn’t pricey and a hassle but I’d say the end result is far more pleasing and more flexible in terms of what can be done with the footage you shoot after the fact than the lomokino’s. Bottom line: A 36 exp. roll of film is not long enough for movies me thinks.

  8. @MK : Whoa! You’ve used both! Awesome! Yeah … a 36 exp roll is definitely not enough. About 30 seconds of video from a roll … is a little costly if one were to use it often.

  9. You should get yourself a Super 8! I bet you’d enjoy it and be good at it too. The thing is, as you know, film is expensive to buy and have processed. This applies to an even greater extent when shooting Super 8 or 16mm than it does to still photography. You might lose some of the spontaneity that you wouldn’t have to sacrifice if you were shooting in a digital format unless you have endless $$$. On the other hand there is the possibility of processing your own film. Also, I’m not sure what the usual percentage of film shot versus film used is in film making. I do know that If I shoot a roll of film with a still camera I am happy if I get just a shot or two that I like.

  10. @MK : When my wallet & bank account has recovered from the recent ‘shocks’, I might just do that. 😀

  11. F A N T A S T I K I NO !!!

  12. @Ta : Thank you 🙂 Getting one soon?

  13. Nah…being tempted with so many…all the new Lomo cameras, X10 and what about the new Polaroid with the Zink print…Decided to wait another two years to see what’s on offer…
    Not taking the poison this time around hahaha….

  14. @Ta : Ok. Move on to the next cup of poison then. 😉

  15. “ThirtySix offers scanning services for films shot using LomoKino and even creates the movies from the scanned images.”

    Do you have any idea if ThirtySix ships overseas? I live in the USA and I am trying to find a place that can scan the lomokino images for me.

  16. @Joshua : You can try emailing them at smile@thirtysix.com.sg as I’ve no idea if it is feasible to do so. You will first have to send the roll over to them here in Singapore I guess. 😀

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