How would you like to turn that plain-Jane fisheye into a multiple exposure diva? If the answer is yes, then read on! Disclaimer: The following mod is not for the faint of heart.
So I love my Fisheye One, it’s just a really fun carefree camera! I also love multiple exposures (MX). I first started with rewinding the film, not knowing where to stop it was hit or miss the first time around, then advancing to enable the shutter release. I actually got a couple of hits the first time around, however neglected to note the number of winds. When I shot my second roll I achieved a really wild MX photo but the rewind knob was taking a bit of abuse and I felt like it was on the verge of snapping.
It is my own curiosity of these plastic marvels that forces me to take them apart and see how they “tick”, it was then that I saw how the mechanism would advance the film and shutter release lever. After some fiddling I saw how I could modify this to suit my MX needs without hit or miss attempts or breaking my beloved Fisheye One.
Granted the following may have proved to be disastrous, but hey, nothing ventured is nothing gained!
I would not recommend buying a Fisheye One to do this modification, just get a Fisheye 2 to get your MX groove on.
I myself just got a Sprocket Rocket and as many of us would love to just keep on buying all these cameras, it’s just not in the budget.
So this is a “Lomo-Survivalist” modification.
WARNING: The following will void any and all warranties
Tools need: Drill, 1/16" drill bit, 1/8" drill bit, needle nose pliers, X-acto knife, #00 phillips head screwdriver, spudger (optional)
Remove the battery
Remove the 4 screws holding the camera assembly to the exterior case and lens assembly.
now the film rewind knob needs to be removed, it’s held in with compression, just squeeze the two prongs together and push out. If you’ve got small hands it’ll be less difficult.
Once removed you can now separate the 2 main parts of the fisheye camera. The film door will kinda just fall out too, it’s held in place with a basic hinge system only the 2 main parts of the camera are married together.
(note: the small plastic parts i.e.; battery door, film door release and flash on/off switch are held in place with lomo magic. Once the innards are separated from the front lens assembly they will fall out of place so keep track of them)
You’ll now need to remove a bit of pesky plastic from the innards, we need to make the shutter return lever accessible.
(unfortunately I don’t have a pic of the “before” as I decided to do this write up post removal, but you get the idea)
I used an Xacto knife to do this, be very careful when doing this to not damage the camera nor yourself. I scored the plastic a few times then with some needle nose pliers I snapped the bit of plastic off. There are upper and lower plastic portions, not more than 1/8” wide that need to be removed. I started with the upper portion first.
Now the film door needs to be modified to access the shutter return lever, I drilled a hole as it was the least offending to the aesthetics. I started with drilling a pilot hole using a 1/16” drill bit, then moved up to a 1/8” bit, which is the same size as the flash indicator hole. Just take it slow and easy when drilling, it’s soft plastic so it won’t take much to get through.
See the pic below for position and placement of the hole.
Reassembly. Just put the camera back together in reverse order, and don’t forget the small plastic bits!
Now theres no issue with light leaks since the hole you’re drilling is above the film plane/pressure plate area.
I used a iphone sim card removal tool to “flip” the shutter return lever, however a paperclip would be fine too.
Go out and enjoy your Fisheye One MX!
Lomo On :)