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LomoKino Staff Review

Like everyone else who had taken it for a first spin, I became enamored at Lomography's movie-making wonder at first roll. Allow me to share with you my first impressions on the LomoKino and the first proper movie I shot in this staff review!

Photo by plasticpopsicle

We from the Lomography Philippines office based in Metro Manila wes among the very first to have set eyes and laid hands on Lomography’s amazing 35mm movie maker, the LomoKino. Naturally, we couldn’t wait to get started with the shooting!

When it was finally my turn to try it out, the first thing I noticed was how light it is, even with film inside. This is because it’s made of lightweight but sturdy plastic and doesn’t require any batteries. I thought it’s a perfect addition to a Lomographer’s analogue arsenal, especially the avid travelers! Since it’s very light, it’s easy to take it anywhere you want to shoot.

The first video I took was something close to my officemate Chamie’s movie, as I used the same film and tagged along with her during one of her shoots. I considered it my test roll so I could get a “feel” on how the LomoKino renders images.

I found the LomoKino easy to use, with loading the film properly perhaps the most challenging bit for me the first time. Also, since the Kino allows you to choose between 3 aperture settings (5.6, 8, and 11), it would help if you have an idea about choosing the right aperture for the ISO of your film. This is so you don’t get overexposed or underexposed shots.

Now, how do you actually shoot with the LomoKino? You simply point it towards your subject, peek through the viewfinder to get more or less an idea on the framing (but don’t rely on it, since the viewfinder is not 100% accurate), set the aperture, and shoot away by turning the advancing lever. You can focus between 0.6m (by holding the close-up button) to infinity. The LomoKino’s shutter speed is fixed at 1/10 and the frame rate is 3-5 frames per second.

How much movement you can capture depends on how fast you turn the advancing lever; the quicker you turn, the more seamless and detailed the movements become. If you wish to film in stop motion style, you can also do so by advancing to one click per frame. Whatever shooting style you want to use, it’s possible with this movie-making wonder!

The LomoKino also has a tripod mount for a more stable shooting experience with a tripod, and a hotshoe for shooting indoors and low-light conditions with flash (preferably a quick-charging one). Another officemate took advantage of these added functionalities by using the LomoKino as a photobooth camera! Take a look at the results here!

Now, to close, let me show you my first proper LomoKino movie, shot with Fuji Provia 100F Cross Processed, featuring the hustle and bustle of Quiapo, a busy shopping district and place of worship in Manila:

Lomography has also recently launched a Smart Phone Holder for the LomoKino, which makes it a lot easier for you to record your analogue movies! You can check out the following links to learn more:

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 plasticpopsicle

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