Lomography Supersampler: Pretty Patterns

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When one sees a SuperSampler, they see the 4 lenses and likely think, "Action photography!" immediately. However, I'd like you to consider its strong suits in still photography.

I could go into detail about the camera, but the Lomography SuperSampler is an old hand, a proud veteran, and a fan favorite. 4 panoramic 20mm (VERY wide) lenses fire in successions of either 2 or .2 seconds, depending on the setting. The SuperSampler is great for action photography, and of course that’s the first thing that came to mind when I first saw it, but after getting to play with one, I’ve learned it can be utilized very well in still photography, too!

In this case, the SuperSampler is all about patterns. The lenses are very wide, and can capture so much, that getting good shots of buildings, fields, mountains, and crowds is easy and doesn’t require too much distance to be put between you and the subject. Setting the camera to fire in .2 seconds is helpful for this, since less time will elapse, so your slight movements won’t get picked up by the camera and the subject will look the same.

Or, if you have a smaller, more specific subject in mind, setting the SuperSampler to 2 seconds and walking toward or away from your subject creates a great effect. The variable speeds can be used to your advantage, as well as the difference between how you orient the camera. Holding the shutter button to the side creates 4 tall vertical images, and holding the shutter button up or down creates 4 long horizontal images, each of which can be used to create cool patterns, which is important fundamentally to still photography.

Here are a few examples of how the SuperSampler can create patters and the orientation can change the shape of the image.

So, if you’re not much of an action photographer, and wrote off the SuperSampler as a camera you don’t need, I think you should reconsider. You have no idea what you’re missing out on.

The SuperSampler, the queen of multilensed cameras, is now in black. It takes four sequential panoramic shots on a single, action-packed 35mm photo. See all SuperSampler colours and designs in our Shop!

written by nation_of_pomation on 2011-07-15 in #reviews

3 Comments

  1. chethong
    chethong ·

    I'm too, not much of an action guy, but just bought one anyhow, and eagerly awaiting to shoot based on your suggestion!

  2. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    I have the Actionsampler already but i'm thinking of getting this as well. The main issue is that, like my ActnSmplr, it has no flash. Cloudy old England makes it hard to finish a film!

  3. nation_of_pomation
    nation_of_pomation ·

    If it's cloudy, just shoot 400 ISO outside.

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