Controlling the Crank – How to change your LomoKino movie frame rate


Because the LomoKino is a crank driven movie camera, it puts you in control of the frame rate. Turn the advancing crank slo-o-o-o-o-o-w and you’ll get a jagged, stop-motion effect; turn the crank quick and you’ll get a smoother, more fluid looking movie – Read after the jump for some examples!

Lomography Multilens Cameras such as the Supersampler, ActionSampler and Oktomat have a fixed frame rate – Press the ‘shoot’ button and the cameras will automatically expose frames at a steady rate. The LomoKino is different – Not only can you expose way more frames (up to 144 frames on every roll of 35mm film), you can control the rate at which you expose the frames too!

You shoot with the LomoKino by advancing the crank on the side of the camera. If you want to shoot a movie with a low frame rate (such as a stop-motion movie), you can choose to just shoot one frame, then rest for a few minutes before exposing the next frame – This is how a movie such as the animated LomoKino short one below was produced:

Feed your Lomo! from moonaa on Vimeo

In contrast, if you turn the crank fast, you’ll get a smoother movie when the frames are stitched together – Compare the stop motion movie above to Satomi’s ‘Patrick and his Animals’ below:

Obviously how your movie appears once you’ve edited it will make a difference too here. In the Satomi movie, each frame only lasts a short time. Using editing software, you can adjust the duration of each frame in your movie – So if you want your frames to appear quicker in your edit, you can reduce the duration length and if you want the frames to last for longer in your edit, you can increase the frame duration. Read our article Editing your LomoKino movie to find out how to do this.

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!

written by tomas_bates on 2011-11-04 #gear #tutorials #analogue #movies #movie #tipster #control #crank #lomokino #lomokino-how-to #lomography-lomokino #frame-rate


  1. pollyarts
    pollyarts ·

    I plan to resume test shoots with my Lomokino in the Spring, so this overview is especially useful for me.

  2. analogmigs
    analogmigs ·

    Do people crop each frame and then edit them ?

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