Objects of Desire: Lomo Spinner 360°

Aug 6, 2010
By Dan Havlik

Objects Spinner

The Lomographic Society makes some of the most consistently fun film products around. Add to Lomo's analog arsenal the Spinner 360°, a rotating camera that can capture unique panoramic photos with just the pull of a string.

The Spinner 360°'s rotating rubber-band drive is set in motion by yanking on the trigger cord on the handgrip. Hold the handle steady and the camera will capture a sprawling 360-degree scene, filling the entire width of a roll of film. One interesting quirk from Spinner 360° is that it displays the roll's sprocket holes in your panoramic images, giving them a distinctive, analog look.

Up to eight full 360-degree panoramas can be created on one 36-exposure roll, making this an inexpensive tool for getting some interesting experimental shots. Plus, the standard 35mm film (ISO 400 recommended) can be processed most anywhere. Try it for travel photography—city squares are ideal—or while standing on top of tall landmarks—think Empire State Building—to get the most out of the Spinner 360°. The camera uses a wide 25mm lens with two aperture choices: f/8 or f/16.

For a different panoramic look, the Lomographic Society recommends holding the Spinner 360° aslant instead of horizontal to get a jagged "Rollercoaster" effect. But you probably won't need much encouragement to experiment with this whimsical,"old school" device.

Cost: $145

Further information: www.lomography.com

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