Lomography's LomoKino is a Hand-Cranking Filmmaker's Dream Come True


If you’re mourning the fact you never had the opportunity to don an ascot, jodphurs, a monocle, and shout “Action!” through a megaphone while perched behind a motion-picture camera on one of those tall canvas director’s chairs, mourn no more. The Lomography LomoKino 35mm film camera is a real-deal 35mm motion picture camera that, unlike those new-fangled motorized motion picture cameras Hollywood bigwigs use, is a genuine hand cranked movie camera, just like the type Mr. DeMille used back in the good old days.

The Lomography LomoKino 35mm film camera accepts standard 36-exposure rolls of 35mm film, each of which is capable of producing up to 144 frames of motion pictures. If played back at the standard rate of 24 frames per second, that works out to films about six-seconds long. So don’t waste too much time on titles and credits. Because the Lomography LomoKino is a hand-cranked device, your movies are most likely going to be captured at a more leisurely three to five frames per second, which will give a more Chaplinesque, silent-era quality to your motion pictures when you play them back.

On the technical side of the storyboard, the Lomography LomoKino has a 25mm lens with an angle of view of about 54° (roughly the equivalent of a 40mm lens on a full-frame 35mm camera) and a standard focusing range of about 39.4 inches (1 m) to infinity. A close-up button allows you to focus down to about 23.6 inches (0.6 m) when desired. The aperture of the 25mm lens ranges from f/5.6 to f/11, and you can change f-stops on the fly when panning across differing exposure ranges. There’s also a volume display that indicates how much (or how little) film you have left on the roll, and a simple inverse-Galileo foldable viewfinder for composing your motion picture masterpieces. Other groundbreaking technologies found on the Lomography LomoKino 35mm film camera include a hot shoe and a standard ¼-inch socket for mounting the camera on a tripod.

In addition to the basic camera kit, the Lomography folks also offer you the choice of purchasing the Lomography LomoKino 35mm Film Camera with LomoKinoScope. The bundle includes the LomoKino camera and a LomoKinoScope, which is a handy—and equally retro—viewing device for watching your motion pictures once your film has been developed.

Film Format 35mm (36-exposure rolls)
Lens 25mm
Aperture Range f/5.6 - f/11
Angle of View Approx 54°
Focus Range 39.4” (1 m) to infinity
Close-Focus 23.6” (0.6 m) 
Viewing System Inverse-Galileo foldable viewfinder 
Frame Rate Variable (approx. 3-5 fps)
Maximum Film Clip Length 144 frames, or about 6 seconds @ 24 fps,
29 seconds @ 5 fps, 48 seconds @ 3 fps
Hot Shoe Yes
Tripod Socket Size 1/4"