LomoKino: Reinventing Amateur Filmmaking!


The Lomokino has got its limitations too, but the creative potential is incredible! All you need is your imagination, a roll of 35 mm film and the Lomokino for making your dreams come true! You won’t regret going into the adventure of analogue filmmaking!

Image from Lomography Shop

The LomoKino is a camera you shouldn’t miss if you love photography and cinema! This camera allows you to actually film something! You decide what you want to put into moving pictures, and you’ve got no limits other than yourself!

When I think about the Lomokino Camera I can’t help but smile! Some inner force tells me I’ve got to film something right away! It’s a great experience to advance the crank forward knowing that later on you’ll be able to watch the results (either with the lomokinoscope or in your computer)!

Now, lets get to business and talk about the camera itself.

First of all, for those of you who don’t know the camera i’ll tell you the basics:

  • It’s a movie camera that uses standard 35 mm photography film. You buy it and develop it in the supermarket.
  • Its shutter speed is 1/100 and you can’t change it.
  • It has three apertures: f/5.6, f/8, f/11.
  • Its lens is 55 mm.
  • You can get up to 144 frames per roll.

And now, how does it work?

Quite simple, you just advance the crank forward and voila! You’re shooting your movie! Just try to always remember to set the correct aperture beforehand. Every time you hear a click, that means a frame has been photographed, that way you can control your frame rate as you want to.

Technical aspects of the camera:

A great advantage the Lomokino has it’s the fact that the control of the aperture is continuous, that means you can change it as you wish even while you’re shooting (You can make fade outs or things like that). But I think it is important to know how does the camera reacts to the aperture settings.

My experience have taught me that it’s better to use f/11 or f/8 because it gives you more sharpness.

Here’s an example of how the different apertures look like:

Credits: antoniodezner

f/11 (Illuminated with Fritz The Blitz at night using ISO 100).

f/5.6 (Available light in a cloudy day using ISO 400).

Quite a difference, I think.

About the lens, I can say that although it is very small and simple, it can give you quite good results, just like the frame that was taken with f/11. And focusing is not a thing you should worry about because everything is focused from one meter to infinite, only if you want to make a close up, you’ve got a convenient button located besides the lens, so you can press it while shooting!

If you decide to use the viewfinder, remember that the lens is way down from it, so try to let some air in the viewfinder to compensate.

Light plays an important role here, so if you’re not able to get high ISO films, then be careful! You can get awful results and the film can come back from the lab with nothing in it if it was too dark. One more thing, the LomoKino includes a hot shoe adapter! That means that if the light is a problem, you just need to put a flash on it and you won’t worry about the light! Just try to use a flash that can charge quickly, because remember, you’re filming and every frame counts!

I think that you can make great movies with this camera! You just need to be creative! Don’t worry about the limitations, they’re there to inspire you and look for better results!

Try to save some money or get some piggies to buy the camera at the online shop, because it is totally worth it!

You’ll love this little camera!

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 antoniodezner on 2012-02-21 #videos #gear #35mm #review #analogue #camera #movies #reviews #lomography #reinvention #lomokino #filmmaking #film-cinema #moving-images

One Comment

  1. matt_skwid
    matt_skwid ·

    Fun little camera if you have the patience and passion to see it through.
    Check out this album with some LomoKino images

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