19.2.11

Spin Me 360°

I recently invested in a Lomography Spinner camera because I fell for the idea of a whizzy spinny camera that looks like a grenade launcher. I jest! It is not the easiest camera to have to haul through airport security in this day and age.



The Spinner is essentially a panoramic camera that does a speedy spin on it's stick capturing everything in it's eye path on glorious 35mm film.

After much deliberating, I delved into my savings as I thought to myself that Cape Town would be a great place to try it out.

Considering that these are my very 1st shots............I think I made the right choice.




I took these shots with the Spinner balanced on top of my head, as best as I could. You can imagine that I made a pretty odd sight.



The spinner has a great wealth of creative and quirky possibilities and I am really looking forward to experimenting with them. But first, I must learn to keep the camera steady otherwise everything can look a bit wavy.



There is actually a spirit level type thingy to help with this.



♦ SPINNER ADVICE
A bit of advice based on my trial and errors for any Lomo fanatics considering this as their next acquisition:

  1. Do use ISO 400 film with this camera. I used Fujifilm Provia 400X. I prefer using slide film and I think it works best for this type of photography for obvious reasons.
  2. Find a good photo lab for developing your film. I ALWAYS use The Darkroom and take advantage of their mailing service. It's really good value and they know what they are doing.
  3. Ask for your film to be left UNCUT. It's probably best that you do this yourself before scanning.
Learn more about the Spinner here!

25 comments:

  1. Wowww the photos are fab..even though its wavy for e last one..I think its unique in its own way!looking forward for more lovely shots from u with e spinner!

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  2. Those shots are so cool! How does development work? You get the film processes and then scan in the negatives and join them together? *curious*

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  3. @ Justine

    I requested the film to remain uncut so it arrived as a continuous ribbon that I cut and scanned myself.

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  4. This is so intresting, Im actually watching The gadget show right now and they're featuring this camera, xD beautiful shots =]

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  5. @ Christina T

    I think I am psychic...lol OMG!!

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  6. These shots are beautiful. You chose such a beautiful place to try this out. How cool

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  7. ohh its so cute! i'm trying to save up for an slr but it's taking forever lol

    yes! the white crackle reminds me of white out for some reason lol. OPI is supposedly coming out with a silver crackle soon =D

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  8. Wow what amazing shots! This is such a interesting camera! xxx

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  9. Amazing, I love this spinning contraption. When im in the money I must start investing a some more retro cameras. I like the effect they give. Great review and do a post of your colection so I can be inspired and basically copy your style. Ta very much x x

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  10. Been busy haven't we? This gadget looks like something out of a space ship.

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  11. Mooo! Hello darling, it's been quite some time. How've you been? Love the pics and the camera, an investment well spent!

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  12. such nice camera, i really want it for my next holiday :d And thanks for the tips!

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  13. Ahhhh so that's your new camera! Great choice! The shots look amazing, I love the vivid colors of the water and sky!

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  14. wow such a cool camera o_o !!! that camera must be heavy o_o?

    btw. i'm your new follower ^^

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  15. such nice camera, i really want it for my next holiday :d And thanks for the tips!

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  16. Amazing, I love this spinning contraption. When im in the money I must start investing a some more retro cameras. I like the effect they give. Great review and do a post of your colection so I can be inspired and basically copy your style. Ta very much x x

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  17. Wow what amazing shots! This is such a interesting camera! xxx

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  18. This is so intresting, Im actually watching The gadget show right now and they're featuring this camera, xD beautiful shots =]

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  19. Hello Elisa! Welcome in!!

    It is not that heavy at all. It's mainly made of plastic apart from the metal lens hood that is.

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  20. Ahaha! It does!! Like I am going to step onto a new planet ans scan it for new life x

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  21. great photos! I've seen this on the lomo site and i've been curious about it :) I actually kind of like the wavy photos, it's kind of like what you'd see if you were underwater, but on land, if that makes sense. hope you'll share more of these spinner pics!

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  22. Wow, wow, wewow these are amazing. Yes airport security and cameras.....when I was an assistant photographer we we going through security once and the security guys were asking what the flash was, but of course silly me in my IRISH accent didnt say flash light - I said flash gun.....took a lot of talking to get out of that one :-)

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  23. what a fun idea for a camera! i am looking to get rid of a few of my "junk" cameras... one that takes four pictures at a time (results in 16 pictures on one 4x6 print!) and my lomo 35mm fisheye D:

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