The Actionsampler is a lightweight, plastic camera that takes a series of four images in one print.
Every picture tells a story, and that holds especially true with the Actionsampler camera.
The Actionsampler has four sets of 26mm single element sequentially operated lenses. Load up a 35mm film, aim the camera at a moving subject, and press the shutter. The four lenses will “sample” four frames of the action in a full circle, and that’s what you get in a print. Of course, you can pick a motionless subject too, but you’ll have to do the moving! It has a shutter speed of 1/100 second, with an exposure interval of 0.22 seconds per frame and 0.66 seconds in total (for four frames in a sequence on each negative).
It’s an uncomplicated camera that requires no thinking at all – no light meters or focus settings to fiddle around with here, because it has fixed focus (from 1.2m to infinity). It just aims to take four sequential shots that you can upload to the Lomography Lab, so that you can animate your prints and watch the four frames in action.
It may be strange or funny-looking, but this camera takes sharp pictures, as long as you’re in very bright lighting conditions – it has no flash, so you’ll have to rely on natural light for excellent pictures. Generally, 100 ASA is good for sunny days, but a higher ASA (400, 800, 1600) will guarantee the best results. Try colored, black & white or slides – the Actionsampler will use any 35mm film.
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Photos by jaalvarez