LomoKino: 144 Frames of Glorious Analogue Movies

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Who would’ve thought that a single roll of 35mm film could give you up to 30 seconds of amazing analogue videos? The LomoKino is more than a video camera--it’s a glorious analogue experience!

The LomoKino delivers—that was my first thought on the camera. From the first time I used it, I realized that the compact size and weight makes it easy to handle and gives you the flexibility to get creative with it.

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Let’s roll up our sleeves and break it down bit by bit, shall we?

First, the LomoKino as I mentioned before, is very lightweight and small. If you take a look, the body resembles and old video camera, with a crank and everything:

On the front you’ll find the lens, with a fast focus which means if your subject is more than one meter away it will be focused. On the other hand, if you want to get “up-close and personal,” just push the close-up button that’s next to the lens and it will focus your subject at up to 0.6m. The LomoKino also has a very simple aperture control that goes from f/5.6 (when you need more light) to f/11 (for a sunny day).

Let’s move a bit to the side where you’ll find the crank. This small lever gives you the control over the speed of your movie. Keep in mind the faster you move it, your movie will have a smoother look. So play a bit with the speed and see the different results it can give to your movies. Even though you can shoot your movies holding the LomoKino, I do suggest you use a tripod to avoid the camera bouncing in your hands, unless you’re looking for that look on your movies…then go ahead and bounce, bounce, bounce.

Turn it around again and you’ll find a small display that gives you an idea of how much film you have left. But don’t worry, whenever your roll is finished a small red flag will pop up through the viewfinder, letting you know that the show’s over.

Even though the LomoKino comes with a small viewfinder (I almost never use it), shooting from the hip is more my style. What does come really handy, is the hot-shoe mount for a flash, which plays really nice with the Fritz the Blitz Flash by the way, that’s because it recharges really fast.

Once you’ve loaded your 35mm film, this is when the fun begins. Instead of having 36 photos, you end up having 144 smaller ones. This happens because each photo is divided into 4 smaller frames, which give you about 30 second movies. Try to check the light conditions outside to decide on what film you’ll use, this is very important to get better results.

But enough of the chit-chat; let me show you a couple of movies so you can get an idea of what I’m talking about:

Awesome, aren’t they?

What are you waiting for? Get your LomoKino, and enjoy a truly glorious analogue experience!
If you already have it, feel free to share your movies on the comment section.

Lomo-On!

Photos as well as specs come from the LomoKino Microsite
Check out the latest movies created by the community here.

Enter a new analogue dimension with the LomoKino. Lomography’s own 35mm analogue movie camera allows you to capture action and immortalize your story on film! Shoot 144 frames on any 35mm film and create your own cinematic masterpieces. Want to watch your movie the old-school way? We also offer the LomoKino and LomoKinoscope package!

written by guanatos on 2012-01-04 in #reviews

6 Comments

  1. weleasewoger72
    weleasewoger72 ·

    I love the second one. Brilliant!

  2. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    @weleasewoger72 thanks! :)

  3. blinghaha
    blinghaha ·

    awesome, I have first kino films to develop can't wait to see what comes out!

  4. hannahvisceral
    hannahvisceral ·

    The second film was great! Very funny.

  5. civcivli
    civcivli ·

    second movie is perfect. i felt like that i'm back in the old times when there were just movies without sounds.

  6. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    @blinghaha I'm pretty shire you'll have a great surprise!
    @hannahvisceral thanks! now play it again with some benny hill music for background ;)
    @civcivli That was the main idea ;) it was our first experiment but it came out great!

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