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What is lomography?
For a back story you can go to www.lomography.com, but basially it all developed from a little camera developed in Russia called the Lomo Kompact Automat. This camera was unique in that it had a very sharp lens and high light sensitivity, which produces an array of fabulously different photographs. The lomography society was born and from that came a number of "toy" cameras.
The word "toy" does not refer to an inferior product, but implies the fun that can be had with these cameras. They are unlike any camera you will have used, and will produce strange and wonderful photos that you could never hope to achieve with a standard.
Now on to the actionsampler. I bought this little beauty off ebay for approx £15 brand new, so it's not much to spend if you want to try it out.
The action sampler has 4 lenses, which takes 4 pictures each a second apart and puts them back together t create something quite incredible. The finished photograph is a series of the 4 different pictures it takes.
Here are just a couple of examples of photos you can get with the actionsampler:-
Size wise it's pretty compact, so it fits in pretty much any bag and it is extremely light. It is plastic and pretty robust, so it's great to give to kids who want to try out their photography skills as well. There's no focusing, or flash, it's simply click and move.
Possibly the best thing about the actionsampler is the excitement of not knowing exactly what effects you are going to create. You can get some very arty shots, and it's definately one to try out if you have coursework, you make get some very intriguing shots which set off a whole host of ideas.
It's takes standard 35mm film which can be developed anywhere, no hassle, faily inexpensive provided you find the right photo lab.
If you like precise photography then this isn't the camera for you, if you want to have more fun with photography and have a less serious approach to then give it a try, I think you will be pleasently surprised.
The only faults I have with the basic actionsampler is the lack of a flash. It's great in sunny conditions, but on darker days you won't get quite the same result. An actionsampler flash has been brought out, and as soon as I get enough pennies to afford it I will let you know the difference.
If you have any questions just comment and I'll add the answers.
Not a bad review, but the images are nothing special. From your review we get the impression four images are going to be overlayed on top of one another to produce a warholesque image, not four slightly different exposures of the same thing that look like photo's from a passport machine. I tired of this by the third exposure on the first image, and by the second it was ho hum time.
blonde_girl774 16.12.2005 21:19
Think I'll stick with my digital camera, love it! Sam
jouk04 16.12.2005 19:51
I didn't understand that.! You need to expalin it better. Also you could include some photos with the review as well as than directing us to other sites. Sound interesting but I don't realy have a clue what it does.