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Taking 360° panoramic pictures used to be the domain of those wealthy enough to afford the exotic cameras that took these dramatic images. Not anymore. What was once the domain of the well heeled is now the domain of the high heeled and flip-flop crowd. Now anybody with $134.95 and a few rolls of film in the fridge can be counted among the hoitiest and toitiest landscape shooters.
What you get for your money is the new Lomography Spinner, a 35mm film-based "roto camera" that is based on some of the very same scientific principles applied in the development of rubber band-powered balsa wood airplanes, spinning tops and yo-yos. Starting with a fixed 25mm lens designed to the strict optical standards Lomography enthusiasts worldwide have come to demand, the Lomo Spinner records photographs with 360-degree horizontal angles of view (66° vertically) onto 35mm film with a simple flick of a wrist... literally.
To take a 360-degree shot with a Lomography Spinner, you hold the camera's grip in one hand and pull the cord that protrudes from the top of the grip in a single smooth tug. The camera then spins on its axis while recording everything spinning past the lens. Shutter speeds are somewhere in the neighborhood of 1/125th ~ 1/250th-of-a-second (How's that for precision?) and there's a choice of two apertures: f/8 & f/16. The resulting pictures are about 4x wider than a standard 35mm picture, and you can expect to take about six exposures on a 36-exposure roll of 35mm film.
We expect to receive the first batch of these cameras shortly (we're taking pre-orders) and will surely post a bunch of pics the first chance we get.