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Lomography Colorsplash 35MM Camera

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  • Re-cast your world in a gorgeous riot of color
  • Patented colorwheel system puts several tinted flash filters at your finger tips for instant selection
  • Long exposure capability creates dreamy streaked backgrounds behind crisp, color-flashed foregrounds
  • Package includes camera, battery, film, poster, extra color filters, and "skin" bag
  • Normal 35mm film, normal processing
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Product Description

Product Description

Product Description Hotstepping in glossy white, the Colorsplash camera will re-cast your world in a gorgeous riot of color. Its patented colorwheel system puts several tinted flash filters at your fingertips for instant selection; with an additional 9 filters included to exchange. Long exposure capability creates dreamy streaked backgrounds behind crisp, color-flashed foregrounds.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer With the compact Colorsplash in your hands, you're ready and armed to repaint your whole environment. Everything that you see around you is subject to manipulation and capture through its sharp little lens. Rotate the integrated flash Color Wheel and choose from a selection of colored flash lights to toss upon your subject. The elements of exposure time, flash color, subject color, exterior light, and the manic curiosity of your lomographic eye come together to yield an endless number of potential techniques and outcomes. Remember, "colorsplash" is a philosophy. This is merely your tool to get there.product image

Colorsplash is now the next step in the continuing development of the Lomographic battery of instruments. In the Colorsplash world you can manipulate the colours on your Lomographs: With a colored flash by day or at night, by playing on the colored artificial lighting at night, by varying the type of 35mm film you use . If you are holding the Colorsplash Camera and/or the Colorsplash Flash in your hand, then you're holding precisely the right tool to really get down to some serious experimentation with colors.

From the beginning, the Colorsplash needed to deliver beautiful form in addition to function - a handsome conversation piece that feels just as comfortable under the adoring eyes of design-vultures as it does in the sweaty hands of a hard-working hyperactive lomographer. Our resultant Colorsplash camera is the product of these intense brainstorming, design, and caffeine-charged sessions. Fully conceived and developed by the hardcore Lomographers of our Lomographic Society, it will do for you what it has done for us: whet your creative appetite, open your photographic world, and compel you to see your environment in a brand-new spectrum of 12 tiny color gels.

Color Wheel
Alongside a glossy plastic body lies the color-bursting electric soul of Colorsplash - the mechanical Color Wheel flash. A flick of the wrist is all that's required to choose between one of three different color filters or a standard white flash. When you're ready for a switch, two of the interchangeable filters can be replaced with one of the 9 additional filters that you will receive with the Flash. Snap away, and take photo 1 in blue, photo 2 in red, photo 3 with no color, and so on.

Colorsplash has two exposure controls: Long Exposure and Instant Exposure. A flick of the handy little switch alternates between these two modes. During Long Exposure, the shutter will stay open for as long as you depress the release button. The Color Wheel flash is synched for the end of your exposure, meaning that when you release the button, the flash will fire a split-second before the shutter closes. This allows for the greatest of Colorsplash effects - sharp, colored, flashed foregrounds set against dreamy, natural, blurry backgrounds. Instant Exposure mode both releases the shutter and fires the flash when you press the button; producing nearly monochromatic crazy-contrast shots or fairly normal white-light flash shots.

A modular three-piece formal suit for the Colorsplash. Crafted in stretchy synthetic fabric, the "skin bag" keeps your camera's most essential parts free from dust and very stylishly dressed. During transport, the top "skin" protects the lens and the flash "skin" covers the entire flash assembly. When duty calls, merely rotate the top "skin" down and stow away the flash "skin" on the included wrist strap. You're ready to shoot.

Coated in high-gloss molded white plastic, the Colorsplash itself attracts almost as much attention as the gorgeous photos it spits out. One half science fiction-futuristic, and one half 1960's retro-mod, its shiny coating and radical shape are pure eye candy to the hungry stares of onlookers and style-freaks.

Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.5 x 4 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0000AC6GA
  • Item model number: 410
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,674 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 30, 2003

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Schatzi McGee on December 10, 2004
The Color Splash is like photographic rock and roll. I love the long-exposure with colored-flash style - it's really cool. You end up with a bright, colored subject against a glowing background. If you wave the camera around with the shutter open, you can place these crazy streaks of light behind your subject as well. There's no other camera that can do this, and its white body is dead sexy.

As another reviewer mentioned, a tripod thread would be nice, (Lomo, can you hear me??) but I can live without it for the time being. Be sure to use 400 or 800 speed film - that way you'll maximize your flash range. Also, get close when you use the purple or red filters, they block a lot of light and your shot can be really underexposed if you're too far away.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John T. Strong on February 16, 2006
Not related to the performance of the camera - mine arrived missing the lid - and it looked like it had previously been opened - however I bought it "new" of amazon. I was nonetheless excited and it looked like nothing (minus the lid) was missing so I set it up and got to shooting.

I can't say if the film was tricky or not to load. Reason being is that I don't have much experience loading film so I can't make an accurate comparison.

Pros: The three rolls I churned out right away came out really neat and fun. So it accomplishes what it claims, it takes good photos, I can't deny that.

Cons: The colorwheel design. In my opinion it was as though the designers spent most of their design time and budget on the wheel idea and then rushed through everything else, resulting in a bad overall design. What the websites related to the colorsplash sheepishly WONT tell you is that not only do you NOT have 4 slots with which to load color gels, you only have two, with the two others permanent (a blue and yellow). Right away I felt like the online descriptions were very misleading regarding this and it is extremely limiting. It would be one thing if the gels were easily interchanged but they are not, requiring tweezers or some equivalent (not included, but reccomended in the manual), not feasible if you are out, especially at night. Plus if you wanted to have a default unfiltered flash, it means you would only get one color option in addition to the default blue and yellow - not that great in my opinion. I think that as camera that is billed as a simple camera with its main selling point being an outstanding flash device it fails horribly. If you don't really require the variety that the colorsplash falsely advertises, you should be fine.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Molly R. on October 6, 2004
The Colorsplash from the Lomographic Society is a gift from GOD to all photographers.

I am a serious and avid photographer and was looking for a simple yet fun camera to take with me on the go (and rule one, after all, is "take your camera everywhere"). The colored flash is a creative idea that adds to an already brillant camera. The simplicity of the Colorsplash allows for the user to take a picture within a second's notice with dreamy, streaky results. The flashes are fun to play with and fun to adjust.

The flash comes with two colors already put in - yellow and blue - and allows for you to pick and chose which other colors you want to put in the other two avaliable slots. If you follow the simple directions as listed in the little booklet the comes with the camera, you'll have no problem removing and changing out the different filters for the flash.

A few drawbacks include the handcrank for when your finished with your film and need to rewind it. Once, i forgot that the handcrank had to be turned in a certain way and broke off a tiny piece of it. It was no big loss and the crank still functions without the little tiny piece at the end, but it just goes to show how fragile this little wonder can be. Another drawback is the price. Thankfully, amazon.com offers it for a few dollars lower than lomography.com. However, i feel with as many times as i have used this camera, the sixty something dollars is well worth it. Also, the cover that it comes with is just a piece of junk. It covers up the back of the camera and makes it difficult to unload your film once your done (especially if you unload at the rate i do)

The Colorsplash camera was my first introduction into the fine art of Lomography and I hope it won't be my last. Be prepared to paint your world in vivd, living colors and be spontaneous with your photographs =)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2004
I've had this camera for a little over a month and I've had a blast with it! I've gotten tons of great pictures from it, including some surprisingly good daytime shots, with and without the flash.

It's pretty expensive for what it is, but I've never seen anything like the Colosplash's colorwheel, so I was willing to pay.

I chose this over other lomography cameras because it's more versatile (35mm film, can take "normal" pictures)and because it's a lot more affordable than, say an LCA.

And despite the overt marketing ploys, I like the manufacturer's website a lot. You can sign up for a free "LomoHome" and post all your pictures and see other people's pictures too! I really like having a forum to display my shots, since I'm not a professional and nobody would ever see them otherwise!

Check of the manufacturers website: [...] for more detailed information, and to see what the pictures come out looking like. You'll most likely get a better price here on Amazon though.
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