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No joke, it's a lot of work... BUT that is why it's so awesome!
on January 18, 2014
I felt the need to offer my viewpoint due to some really negative reviews here. Yes it is a plastic camera than quickly runs through 36 exposure film in less than 2 min. But people lived with that for decades with amateur 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8!
I can understand the complaint with the lomokinoscope. I have yet to enjoy that as I have been using negative film which really doesn't work well with it, but hey that's life. Time to try slide film next!
It does take getting a little used to loading and getting it to work. I would recommend that you purchase an obviously non-usable roll of 35mm to practice loading and unloading so you don't mess up your actual footage on your first outing.
When I scan the film I use a flatbed scanner and the utility "kinocut" which makes the scanning process no harder than scanning regular 35mm still film. I did have to add some contrast between the frames on one roll that came out wonky but kinocut grabs the small frames and makes a simple video that you can paste together in any movie editing software.
Is this the easiest way to get into shooting traditional film movies? Probably not, I still feel that Super 8 is easier due to the presence of labs and professional scanning. But if you're like me and can stomach the challenge of getting my 35mm developed "un-cut" and scanning it at home then you are hundreds of dollars ahead. There is something special and vintage about the low frames per second and lo-fi feel that the Lomokino creates which are unique and not easily replicated!