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.