A review of the eight-lensed wonder that is the Lomography Oktomat. Are 8 lenses too much, too little, or just right?
I got my Lomography Oktomat for Christmas in 2009 and snapped away during the holiday. I thought it would be a great camera to have because you would technically be getting more photos, as each frame contains the 8 mini photos that make up one picture. I thought the design was cute too. I loved the bright red of the main body and the colorful bits around the lenses.
My first idea was that it would be a great camera to make funny faces at, because it would record the movement, so this photo was made:
I love the way it came out so dark.
The main great thing about the Lomography Oktomat is the fluidity it allows you in your photo-taking. Any movement is captured perfectly, so you can get great shots of fast-moving subjects, such as pets or vehicles. It brings a certain livelihood to the images to see a sequence of action captured, and then of course you can make them into nifty little animations, like so:
Here are the shots from my experimental roll of photos taken using the Oktomat:
Unfortunately, I only managed to get this one roll out of it before it stopped working. I’m not sure why, but future rolls would come out completely blank. I figured that light must be coming in somewhere and exposing the film. It’s a real shame because I loved the camera a lot, but I’ve heard a lot of Lomography Oktomat owners saying that their Oktomat broke, so perhaps it’s time for Lomography to make a sturdier and more reliable Oktomat 2? I’m sure it would be a welcome and celebrated improvement.
Please comment here about your Oktomat experience, whether positive or negative.
Editor’s Note: Did anyone experience the same problem with their Oktomat? What did you do to solve it! Share it with us!