When I was told I was going to be given the opportunity to test a new Lomography product I felt so excited. I received a wonderful package and it reminded me of great noir films from the 40’s and 50’s. The name sent me straight back to my childhood and all those family movies made with the Super 8. I opened that wonderful box and here it was – A light and mysterious black box with a very small 25mm lenses.
From the first moment, I thought “this is not only a camera“. Then I opened the instruction manual and started feeling nervous. It’s one thing creating Supersampler or Actionsampler movies, but this was a movie camera. How would the LomoKino work?
I read: 35 mm film – OK, I can afford it -. An exposure area of 24mm x 8.5mm. – OMG, this gives 144 frames per roll – Different continuous aperture settings, 1/100 shutter speed…
What could I shoot with it? My thoughts just flew to my old days and I decided to start shooting my normal life. My little baby had just been born and we had to go to the hospital to check everything was right. First walk with Leo, first walk with the LomoKino. I stopped shooting after 30 steps and changed the view… I thought it was so easy to shoot without looking through the viewfinder that I decided I was not going to use it.
I made several movies of walks with Vasvas and Leo. I changed the point of view from our faces to the buildings, changed the aperture settings while shooting and moving backwards from 60cm (pushing the close-up button) to infinity. And it was great. I loved it and wanted to make more movies.
I took a breath and the next day I decided to shoot some action and went to a BBQ party with friends. Some of them were playing Basque Traditional Sports and I couldn’t miss the opportunity. Then some swimming pool movies and some children movies (children are not easy to shoot).
I kept moving all the time with the camera; I kept looking for new movies to make. I hadn’t seen the results yet and I was frightened about it. I didn’t know if I was doing everything right. I never go with a light meter and I was changing the aperture settings randomly, as I usually do with my LC-A.
But the more movies I was doing, the need to doing something different came to me. Why not shoot doubles with it, or point it towards the sun (I always love those movies against the sun) using the vertical position? I had to try it.
The vertical movie looks great, like a piece of art, searching the lights and the shadows and the double movie is like a dream. I shot a signal and the name of my favourite pub in Vitoria and then rewound it and shot our table with the cup of coffee and our conversation.
The LomoKino gives lots of possibilities of creating art movies. From now on, this is already my favourite souvenirs recorder.
Bringing analogue back to the movies with a bang in the 21st century, the LomoKino is a Lomography movie camera that shoots spectacular, creative movies on all kinds of 35mm film. Head to the Microsite, watch some Movies and begin your analogue movie-making journey today!