I recently ordered a SuperSampler film camera offered by Lomography. I’ve had a chance this week to shoot my first roll of film, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it (Skip to the pictures). The SuperSampler is a 35mm film camera with four lenses. The lenses shoot in sequence, either 4 pictures in 2 seconds or 4 pictures in .2 seconds, and they all have fixed focus metering of .3 meter to infinity. Due to the fast shutter speed, you need a lot of good light and a high ASA film. My first roll was 400 ASA, but Lomography recommends 800 ASA. You need a bright sunny day, and I wouldn’t recommend shooting inside.
This is a great camera for some fun shooting. The lack of settings makes it nice to just carry around and shoot without having to plan and adjust shutter speed, fstop, etc. The multiple lenses also provide a whole new element; the ability to capture motion and movement. Whether it’s you moving, the camera moving, or your subject moving, there are endless amounts of concepts and ideas. I love my Canon, but the SuperSampler is a nice change of pace.
The camera itself is very lightweight, and a good size to carry around. There are no need for batteries, or memory cards, or anything along those lines. Just your camera and some 35mm film! To advance the film, there is actually a rip-cord that you gently pull. It’s a cool feature, but I also worry it may break in the future. The warranty says they will fix or replace your camera if that happens, but that is never a fun road to go down. We’ll see how it goes if the need ever arises.
- Four Lenses
- The multiple lenses offer a whole new element to shooting film
- 35mm Film
- Affordable, for both the film and the development
- With film almost extinct, a lot of places still develop 35mm film
- You can use Color, Black and White, or Slide film
- Light weight
- Small size – No additional lenses to carry, no batteries, etc
- No settings
- This isn’t completely bad, but it limits you. For example, because you can’t control shutter speed, you can only shoot in high light situations.
I have to admit, trying to find one thing for the cons list was somewhat difficult. Granted, I’ve only had the camera for about a week, so we’ll see if I can add anything to that list over time.
I have already been learning things to do, things not to do, and things to do differently with the SuperSampler camera. I wanted to make sure I got my subject completely in the frame, and after developing the photo’s, I found I could have been a lot closer a lot of the time. Note for next time!
Now, enough words (almost), here’s the pictures! I got them developed at CVS and the prints are great. I got a photo CD as well, and the images were 72 DPI files. A lot of the quality in the prints was lost, and you’ll probably see that in the pictures here.
As always, click the picture for the full version!