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Lomography LomoKino Super 35mm Movie Camera: Hands-On Review
Making movies actually can be a pleasure, and you don't have to create your own personal deficit crisis--say hello to the LomoKino 35mm Movie Camera with LomoKinoScope from Lomography. The low-tech, high-fun LomoKino camera uses 35mm film to produce short films (using actual film, not video).
The LomoKino is a hand-crank-driven camera, so you control the frame rate, up to 3-5 frames per second. If you turn the crank very, very slowly, you’ll get a jagged, stop-motion effect; turn it fast and you’ll get a smoother, more fluid-looking movie. Each 36-frame roll of 35mm film gives you 144 movie frames (exposure area: 24mm x 8.5mm), with volume display to tell you how much film you have left. The focal length of the lens is 25mm--you don't have to focus the camera if your subject is more than 3.28' away. If it's closer than that, you can use the close-up button to focus as close as 2'. There's a hot shoe, so you can use a flash (not included) for stop-action movies, and the standard 1/4" tripod mount screw means you can mount the LomoKino to a tripod (not included) for rock-solid images when you want them. The continuous aperture gives you flexibility to adjust your exposure precisely between f/5.6 and f/11.
The included LomoKinoScope allows you to view your finished film without further ado--after you have your film developed, simply attach it to the included reel (similar to loading film into a camera) and place it into the LomoKinoScope. Look through the finder as you crank the film through. You'll be viewing your film in pretty much the same way as the very earliest films were shown using Kinetoscopes more than 100 years ago, when movies were unique and exciting. When you use the LomoKino, they can be again.
Use Any Kind of 35mm Film
Load the LomoKino with any kind of 35mm film that takes your fancy--color negative, slide, black and white--the choice is yours.
Shooting a subject over 1m away? You don't have to do a thing to focus. Want to shoot closer than 3.28' (1m)? Just hold down the close-up button on the front of the camera and you can focus up to 1.96' (0.6m).
Easy Aperture Controls
The LomoKino has continuous aperture settings from f/5.6 to f/11 - There is no step between each aperture, so you can effortlessly adjust the aperture setting at any time during shooting.
Shooting a movie with the LomoKino is easy - After you've loaded your film, just rotate the advancing crank to start making your movie - Rotate the crank slowly for a low frame rate or fast for a higher frame rate - With the LomoKino you can shoot up to 3-5 frames per second at full speed!
Check Your Movie Progress
Use the handy volume display on the LomoKino to see how much film you have left on the roll--when the red flag on top of the camera pops up, the show's over folks.
Grab a Tripod
Want to look like a true analogue Director when shooting your LomoKino movies? Attach the camera to a tripod and get ready for some steady Lomographic movie action.
Look Through the Viewfinder (If You Want To)
Use the LomoKino viewfinder to get an idea of what you are shooting - Or just ignore it and shoot from the hip.
Light Up Your Movie
Use the hot-shoe mount on the top of the LomoKino to attach your favorite Lomography flashes.
In the Box
Lomography LomoKino 35mm Movie Camera with LomoKinoScope