How it happened that I went from one film camera to over 14 in the last 2 years is a wonderful tale that all started with a rather unusual panoramic camera: the Spinner 360. Read about it after the jump!
It was June of 2010 and at a friend’s braai I saw someone with a very colourful camera around their neck. Having always had an interest in photography, I went to ask what it was and if I could have a look. He told me it was a Diana F+ CMYK by a company called Lomography. This was when I gave him a bit of a skewed look on my face and said, how do you spell that and what exactly does it mean?
Being very curious, I googled it and signed up to get the newsletter. Then, on a boring day in the office, I got an email that put an instant smile on my face. I knew I had found what would be my new camera: the Spinner 360.
It took me a little while to get my hands on one here in South Africa but soon enough my camera store had one in stock and it was mine. When I laid hands on it for the first time it was love at first sight!
Like every new couple, it was all about impression in the beginning. I took forever to get through my first roll, wanting everything to be perfect. Now, 18 months down the line, we are in the comfortable stage. I can crack a roll out in under 30 minutes.
Everywhere I take the Spinner, I get questions about it and have a variety of photos with people I don’t even know, who just wanted to see how it worked. What I love even more about the Spinner is that it made me go on adventures and see the world in a new way the world was no longer just in front of me but rather all around me and it now included sprockets – what more could you ask for!
This one camera started a collection of what is now 14 film cameras strong ranging from my 1947 Zeiss to my latest Horizon purchase I can’t wait to see what else is coming from lomography. I continue to spread the word as much as possible, as if you are looking for a way to see the world differently and have some fun, then a Spinner is what you need.
So never mind the apples if you ask me; a spin a day keeps the doctor at bay! My first lomo purchase is still my favorite, but don’t tell its siblings!
The Spinner 360° goes beyond the confines of standard panoramic cameras. See everything around you (literally!), and be swept away by truly spectacular results. Head to our Online Shop and get your own Spinner 360°!