360 spinner 35mm
So I recently purchased myself a 360 spinner camera from the lomography website and recieved it today, and put through a few different speeds of film through it (it reccomends 400 ISO) and used it in various degree's of lighting to see what I get. Before heading off to spend a few hours in the dark room I was just wondering if anyone else has used this camera? Yay or nay? And if you have what kind of results did you achieve? Any cool techniques that you've come across besides the standard ones that are all over the internet? I've never really given much attention to lomography but this camera was too fun looking to pass up and i've become quite infatuated with the vertical spin.
A little review on the camera itself (without seeing the results of my film yet), I was at first put off my the idea that it's a rubber ring that acts as the pivot mechanism, but when i actually looked at it, it looks and feels to be fairly strong, it's thick and it took all my strength to stretch it the tiniest bit.
They also send a replacement ring on the off chance it breaks or wears. IMO, i'm just going to leave the ring off if i'm not going to be using the camera for extended periods of time. No point stretching something I'm not currently using. I'm a little confused about the lens cap that they sent me though, it doesn't appear as if it can attatch anywhere, however i'm sure it goes somewhere, just got to spend a little more time playing with it.
The focal range I haven't determined yet, will see once I develop these rolls. It reccomends 400 ISO as I previously mentioned, but I don't see a problem with using a slower speed film if you have it set to cloudy. I'm no fan of fixed aperture cameras because of the uncertainty of it all, but I'm fairly excited to see how this will work out.
On top of the camera, there is the hot shoe. When you are winding your film back into the canister, please be careful because it took the biggest chunk out of my knuckle because of it's proximity as well as the fact it is rather sharp. The level on the top is pretty accurate, i tested it on pre leveled surfaces and it was pretty center. But being the style of photography that it is, I highly doubt it's of any real importance if the level is off by a degree or two.
The string of the camera I thought was going to be thinner and more fragile than it actually is. There is some real heft to it. I can compare it to the proper heavy duty strings used to lace corsets. When you pull it, you can feel that you don't have to worry about it snapping or fraying.
The spinning is smooth, and fairly quiet, so it can be discreet. Well.. As discreet as you can be standing there with a camera in front of you or above your head or in all the other positions you can do to get different effects (google 360 spinner techniques. you'll look like a fool for most of them but they do some cool things).
I'm yet to develop these rolls so I will post results as soon as I can.
Last edited by ZUU; 09-18-2011 at 07:18 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Yeah i've seen these, was just curious to see if anyone here had experiences they could talk about. But thank you
I have one of these - a couple of observations -
1. The angle of view is pretty wide - when I try to not have myself in the image, I often end up with either my hand or foot in the frame somewhere. You can create some interesting vertical shots by pointing the camera at the earth and having it spin around so you have an image that is earth - sky - earth - rather than a horizontal pano.
2. In cold weather (less than 32F) the camera will not spin around. I think the rubber band drive belt shrinks enough that it's too tight and the drive mechanism can't overcome the resistance of the drive belt. I've looked around for a slightly larger o-ring but sizing a o-ring without a gauge is difficult as there are 1000's of o-ring sizes. I'm sure McMaster-Carr has a larger ring if I could just decide which one to order.
Yeah i love the vertical spin, i have seen some really cool shots done like that. But that's interesting to know about the weather. Though I live in Australia so i doubt that will be too much of an issue :P I did read somewhere about someone buying a larger ring for theirs (i guess for this very reason) that had a link to which one they bought. I'll go hunting and will post to you if I can find it again.
When it comes to film speeds are you using the recommended 400 ISO or are you going slower on the cloudy setting? Curious about what can be done with motion blur on this camera.
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I enjoyed this camera. It is a unique design based on the Spinshot 35S. However, I was looking for better quality, reliability and consistency. I also think the wide-angle is a bit too wide on this Spinner camera. That is why I got a Globuscope.
Saw a tourist carrying one in the wild outside the Empire State Building a few weeks ago. Looks like a fun thing, but from the examples I've seen on the web, one should expect uneven exposure, banding, and a generally more Holga-esque kind of look with it.
I've got one and really like it for what it does. It is a lot of fun and you get a lot of interested comments and questions. I've tended to stick to higher iso films, but i've seen lots of examples of people using 100 iso on sunny days. When ever i take it out i've always had dull weather which is probably why my results haven't been that impressive. I have used it with 800iso film right down to quite low light conditions with some success.
A couple of things that I would point out are that you really need something interesting to fill the frame. The lens is quite wide and with a 360 spin, you can end up with a lot of empty negative and a boring photo. With this in mind, it is really great for group photos. Stick it in the middle of a table for friends and spin and it is perfect.
I would also say that it is not a good camera if you are a vain photographer. I really don't give a damn about these things, but i've taken the most awful self-portraits with this camera. They usually consist of me trying to lean away from the camera inducing several double chins, with a concerned grimace on my face. It is not a natural camera to use so I look worried every time it spins.