Spinner 360: Pull the Cord and Let the Magic Happen!4 6 Share Tweet
The story between the Spinner 360 and I goes way back to the year 2010, when Lomography decided to send me a beta model of the Spinner 360 to test. It was a complete surprise! I thought, “What the hell is that?” as I first took this camera out of the package. Then, when my little brother grabbed it from me and pulled the cord, it buzzed and turned 360°! We all had the same expression: “Whoa…”
At the time when I was beta testing the *Spinner 360*, I had to keep it secret for a total of nine months. Yes, I tested this camera for a long time. Only my family members and my girl knew about the Spinner. It was really an unforgettable experience for me especially since I didn’t know how to use this camera prior, and to be honest it was the first time I saw a camera that turns 360°! On the day the Spinner arrived, I decided to take it out for a spin. I finished a roll then took it to the lab for processing. I loved the whole curious process, really!
The photos above were from my first roll taken with the Spinner. When I scanned the negatives, I remember thinking, “Whoa, so long!” The exposed image on the negative was long. It was quite overwhelming. It’s strange and exciting at the same time, but still I just had to keep it a secret!
So for several months I just put so many rolls into the Spinner and secretly photographed around Bandung. It was a tough job, but someone had to get it done. Spinning Adi!
If you are wondering why the photos did not have sprockets, it was because at that time I didn’t know that the Spinner images were supposed to have them. I mean, I was testing this camera by myself and there weren’t any other photos taken with the Spinner yet. It wasn’t until Mandi told me to scan the sprockets, too. So after he sent me an email with the properly scanned Spinner images, I was like “Whoa, very cool!” I decided to load many rolls (again!) into my Spinner!
Since I already knew how to properly scan the images, I decided to put a roll of black and white film into the camera. At first I only tried using it at home but after convincing myself, I decided to take the Spinner to the streets. Spinning in the streets!
After my curiosity on using black and white film on the Spinner was satisfied, I went on a weekend getaway to a beach in Jakarta. I loaded a slide film, the Kodak Elitechrome EB, for the first time in it. Xpro and the Spinner was such a great combination! Just make sure to set the Spinner to the Sunny setting.
Since the Spinner produces only seven or eight images per roll, I had to use it properly. It only has two settings, Cloudy and Sunny, so the probability of getting good results is quite high. You just go to a nice place with good lighting condition, then pull out your Spinner and start spinning around with it. Oh, you will get great results!
Take the Spinner everywhere you go! During lomowalks, you can do the “group hug” technique. You can take photos of literally everyone! It’s like a family portrait in a 360° version. You can squeeze everyone in in just one frame – that’s the perk of using the Spinner! That feature really helps me during holidays with my friends.
See? The Spinner would be perfect for your epic holidays ahead. Just pull the cord!
My approach in using the Spinner is, “Pull the cord and let the magic happen.” That’s why I love using the this camera. Once you pull the cord, you wouldn’t know what the result would be – not even the people who would be captured in it. Pretty cool!
Once you have the Spinner 360 in your hands, your world would really be spinning. Enjoy the 360° view! AND scan the image properly, don’t be like me! I realized that scanning Spinner images is really worth it once you see the results.
Pull the cord and let the magic happen!
written by adi_totp on 2014-09-09 #gear #35mm #review #lomography-spinner-360 #requested-post