Shooting Your Movie
Setting the focus on the LomoKino is a breeze because if you are over 1m away from your movie subject you don’t have to do a thing! And if you are between 1m and 0.6m, then you can focus by holding the close-up button on the front of the LomoKino as you shoot.
Setting the Aperture
The LomoKino has continuous aperture settings between f/5.6 and f/11 – This means that you can smoothly adjust the aperture at any time as you shoot – A larger aperture (f/5.6) means that more light will enter the camera, and a smaller aperture (f/11) means less light will enter the camera – So use a larger aperture if you want your movie brighter, and vice versa. There is no step between each aperture, so you may adjust the aperture setting at any time during shooting. Below are some tips on setting the LomoKino’s aperture:
If you are shooting on a sunny day outdoors: No matter whether you are using 100 or 400 ISO film, use aperture f/11
If you are shooting on a cloudy day outdoors: If you are using 100 ISO film, use aperture f/5.6; if you are using 400 ISO film, you can use aperture f/11
If you are shooting indoors: Use a high sensitivity film e.g. 800, 1600 or 3200 ISO; always open the aperture to the largest f/5.6 and shoot near a bright continuous light source.
Shooting your movie and controlling the frame rate
To shoot with your LomoKino, just lock the advancing crank in position and turn it forward at your desired speed. The faster you turn the crank, the higher your movie frame rate will be - If you turn the advancing crank at full speed, you can reach 3-5 frames per second when filming. When you are shooting, you should be able to see the rewinding wheel turning.
More about controlling the frame rate
Using the Hot-shoe and Flash
There is a hot-shoe located on the top of the LomoKino. The hot-shoe works with all kinds of electronic flashes. However many electronic flashes may not be able to recharge as fast as you can shoot. Here are a couple of tips for using a flash with the LomoKino:
Use a high-end flash product to achieve a short recharging time e.g. the Lomography Fritz the Blitz flash is able to recharge within a second at a 1/8 output mode.
Use the flash to make stop motion photos: take each frame one by one until your flash is recharged.
Rewinding your film
You’ll know when you’ve reached the end of your film because you will see a red flag pop up behind the hot-shoe and the rewinding knob will also stop turning. To be extra sure that you have reached the end of the film, just check the film volume display to see if it's totally red. If it is, it’s time to rewind! To rewind the film roll, just flip the rewinding lever up and turn it anti-clockwise. When you can no longer feel any friction, you’ll know that the film is fully rewound.