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Lomography Action Sampler Flash 4-lens 35mm Film Camera (OLD MODEL)
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- Shoot 4 sequential images on one print
- With one touch of the shutter button, all four lenses are fired in sequence
- A 4-step electronic flash fires in synch with each lens
- Capture a 4-frame action portrait over 1 second
- Uses regular 35mm film - prints can be developed anywhere
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|Film Format Type||35mm|
|Item Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Package Height||2.3 x 6.5 x 6.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.85 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
Hit the button, hear the clack-clack-clack-clack, and wham! - you've got your very own macro-cine shot. One second has been neatly divided into four parts and lined up in impeccable order to give you one shaky piece of sampled action. More than a photograph and not quite a movie, you've got a permanent documentation of a snippet taken from your very own existence.
Warning - Caution!
The Actionsampler Flash is not designed for connoisseurs of fine caviar or light-meter fetishist photography. This camera is strictly to be used to have fun, make your friends and dogs smile, and enjoy the freedom of experiment.The Actionsampler is an easy entree to exploring the world of moving pictures. Shoot from the gut, without having to worry for even a second.
The Actionsampler Flashes' heart lies in its four-lens sequential face, a design miracle pioneered in our original Actionsampler camera. Advancing your film serves to cock an ingenious circular shutter. A quick touch of the shutter release sends this circle into motion, exposing a quarter frame of your image each 1/4 of a second. Original Actionsampler aficionados will note the increased lens quality, sharpness, and contrast of the new Actionsampler Flash.
Shooting for maximum impact, the Actionsampler Flash is clad in a charcoal-grey, mirror-gloss finish. As if an insanely bright 4-step flash wasn't enough of a pleasant how-d'you-do, the camera's sleek skin works to additionally attract fond attention your way. With camera firmly in hand, you are poised to both be the life of the party and relentlessly photograph it.
All 35mm films will work wonderfully with your Actionsampler Flash. For daytime shooting, 100 ASA color negative is a glowing choice. At night, step up to 800 ASA for better light sensitivity. Try cross processing a slide film roll for other-worldly, yellow-submarine color effects. Load a high-speed black and white film for a high-grain, high-drama film noir shoot.
The Actionsampler Flash's powerful 4-punch burst of light is no joke. In really dark situations, it's obnoxious enough to satiate even the hardest core of flash-light hooligans. Each individual unit fires perfectly in sync with each opening shutter. Your Actionsampler Flash is excellent at parties, a crowd pleaser at concerts, and especially thrilling at breakdancing shows.
Day into Night and Vice-Versa:
No longer bounded by the whim and want of the sun, your Actionsampling is now hot and available 24 hours a day. Once you encounter a less-than-very-bright situation, including indoors, flip up the flash and fire away. Your action is back, sharp as a tack and bathed in light. Try the flash in the sunlight as well, especially with your subject's head blocking out the sun. Magical!
The Power and the Glory:
Two "AA" batteries are required to power your flash, and are happily included in the camera package. The recycle time is a fast 7 to 10 seconds in-between shots, keeping you in-step with your action-packed surroundings. Keep your shooting range tight and close for maximum flashing impact, and be sure to give your potential subjects absolutely no warning of the 4-flash onslaught coming their way.
Get a Little Closer:
Don't be shy. A wise man once said, Get as close to the objects of your Lomographic desire as possible. Take that sage advice and hold it dear to your bosom - it is the key to success. The Actionsampler Flash's lenses are starving for content - fill them up with up-close noses, bright eyes, headlights, seashells, insane shoes, haughty cows, and other unmentionables.
Change up the Action:
Move your lazy 'ol behind off the chair and snap away. Keep your subject still and run around him/her/it like a true chicken without a head, sampling madly as you go. Then, switch it on them and keep still while your subject hops all around. The key: the more dynamic & experimental your technique, the more subjective, existential, and even DIVINE your Action Samples will be.
Really, how many times have you looked at sequential multi-lens images and envisioned a Warhol-esque color progression bursting out of them? Let your desire guide you into the photo supply store for some colored plastic gel filters. Cut 'em up, stick a different color on each individual flash unit, and let loose. Get close, and splash each square with a different gorgeous color.
Top Customer Reviews
Enter the Actionsampler Flash. I've been basically married to this buzzing little thing - it's awesome! The mechanics are smoother and the images are a lot sharper then the original Actionsampler. And, the four-step flash is great - it's fast as lighting and surprisingly strong. This item is really dope at a concert or party.
A few suggestions for prospective buyers...
1. Definitely buy this over the original Actionsampler. It's like night and day.
2. Use 400 or 800 speed film - that shutter moves fast, and anything slower might blur your images (unless you like that).
3. WAIT for the flash to charge fully and the ready light to come on. It can take about 12 seconds or so. If you fire before the flash is recycled, then one element might not flash and you'll get a black frame.
You do not get focus, ASA/ISO controls, shutter speed controls or anything other than a very basic light sensor that determines whether or not the flash fires and the flash itself which is supposedly synchronized to the shutter, although I'm not convinced that it actually is.
The four frames are cool but that's this camera's one trick. It's all it does. The optics are terrible quality. If you're old enough to remember the old Instamatic cameras with the 110 film cartridges and the terrible resolution they had, well, this will make you feel all dated and nostaligic.
That said, this camera is a blast. You can take pictures of movement but because the lenses all point in slightly different directions, it's you can shoot still images and get 4 very different photos to choose from. And if you like the lo-fi picture quality or the subtle Andy Warhol-esque look of your new 4 framed pictures and don't care too much about getting a really good picture, you'll have a wonderful time.
The lenses are focused at "infinity" meaning everything after a few feet is in in focus. Close-up/macro stuff is out of the question. As far as ASA/ISO, I use 1600 or 800 and have it pushed one stop in the lab (effectively making it 1600 with artifacts) or the pictures come out too dim in anything other than the brightest sunlight. That's right, indoor shooting or shooting in the shade is out unless you use really fast film, which also degrades the detail quality.
Like the Lomo LC-A and LC-A+, there is a little vignetting but this is not a Lomo and you shouldn't order one thinking that it is. The Lomo LC-A is it's own delightfully weird little camera and takes brilliant shots that put this little toy to shame. The action sampler is also about twice as big as a real Lomo.
Think of the Action Sampler as a great nearly disposable party/road trip camera. More fun to use with your friends than alone. If I lost mine, I am not certain if I would replace it but I have seriously considered buying a bunch and giving them out as stocking stuffers next holiday season.
This is a 2.5 star camera but I'm giving it a 3rd star because of how much fun it can be. Not a serious camera but a really fun toy.
We had a lot of fun with this for our xmas photos.
lomography's website is pretty cool. you get to join in on they're photography society & share pics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1) you'll have fun with it for a short period of time
2) it'll break and that's that.