How to Shoot Pinhole Movies with The LomoKino


Did you know it’s possible to shoot pinhole LomoKino movies? Just read on to find out how!

A Pinhole LomoKino Movie shot by Mandi

  • Take off the front part of the LomoKino. Remove the 6 small screws on the back of the front part. Take a look at the inside parts and remember where and how you remove certain parts. Unscrew the aperture lever/disc and carefully remove it by pulling it out from the lens/shutter part. Remove the 4 screws that hold this part.
  • Build a little pinhole disc, e.g. out of a piece of thin foil, in this case I used aluminium foil and double sided adhesive tape. Use a needle to make a very small hole (note: I painted the front part of the pinhole and the back of it black to avoid light-leaks and reflections). Stick it on the part where the shutter/lens was before.
  • Put the front part back together with the 6 screws and don’t lose any of the other parts if you want to go back to the normal LomoKino later.
  • That’s it, your LomoKino is now constantly exposing through a pinhole. Use your hand to cover the pinhole before advancing the film after each exposure (especially if you want to move the camera in between).
  • A tripod is a good idea. Depending on your pinhole, exposure times start from 1-3 seconds on a bright sunny day . Dark conditions can become quite exhausting; remember you want to shoot 144 frames, and each one takes a minute or 10…
  • Extra tip: you can build your own kind of shutter on the front of the LomoKino. Just make sure the “shutter“ opens fully, revealing all of the front hole or closes completely, not letting any light in that could influence the image.
  • Thanks to kylewis for also experimenting with this mod – Check out her test movies below!

A Pinhole LomoKino Movie shot by Kylewis

A Pinhole LomoKino Movie shot by Kylewis

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 mandi on 2012-02-21 #gear #tutorials #pinhole #analogue #movies #tipster #lomography #lomokino


  1. hanshendley
    hanshendley ·…

    Here's a pinhole movie I did a few weeks back using a similar mod.

  2. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    @hanshendley I know I liked it! We must have been doing them at the same time!

  3. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    @mandi, just out of interest do you know what size your pinhole was, mine ended up f450 not quite right but will make another one when I have more time. I believe the ideal should be about f98!

  4. mandi
    mandi ·

    @kylewis ...sorry no idea, did it in an intuitional way. i thought it was rather big for a pinhole but still small enough to get the effect. f450 seems very small, how long did you expose your shots?

  5. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    @mandi, outside they were about 3-4 seconds and inside average 11 seconds! Thats why my subject was in agony lol. yeah I was surprised at the expected size of the hole even if mine wasn't quite as big as it should be, it was perfectly round when I scanned it and didn't want to mess it up by making it bigger. I will now though!

  6. vandal
    vandal ·

    you should measure the focal distance so u know what size pinhole u's too ....peace !!!

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