If you have an iPhone, a LomoKino camera and a LomoKinoscope view, this adapter is for you
Man, this gadget has to be the niche-est of niche gear we’ve seen in a while, but it’s certainly neat enough to get a mention. It’s the LomoKino Adapter, and it helps you digitize film movies with your iPhone.
That actually sounds pretty handy, until you realize that it requires you to have both an iPhone 4/S and Lomo’s LomoKinoscope to use it. And seeing as the LomoKinoscope is an accessory designed to playback movies shot on the LomoKino movie camera, you can see that you’ll have to amass quite a bit of gear just to get started.
The LomoKino, you’ll remember, is a $79 movie camera which captures 50 seconds in 144 frames on a single roll of 35mm film. It offers Lomo’s trademark crappy image quality, and requires you buy film and then get it processed.
You then play this movie back in the hand-cranked LomoKinoscope, and use the new LomoKino adapter to marry it up to your iPhone. Got it?
Then, finally, there is a simple step: Fire up the camera app and hit record. Or you could just ditch the whole pain-in-the-ass analog part of this charade and just buy a 99-cent grunge movie app for the phone. Cheaper, faster, easier and you won’t be left with a stack of plastic tat at the end of the day.
For those old-school masochists out there, thought, Lomo has one bone to throw you: There’s a bundle which lets you buy everything you’ll need at the press of one shopping button. Separately, the LomoKino Adapter costs just $25. The comprehensive kit will run you €99, or around $130.