Lomo ActionSampler

The Lomo ActionSampler is a simple and basic fun camera with 4 lenses that takes 4 photos, 12x18mm, on one 24x36mm frame. This is the first type of a Lomo action sampler, there was a SuperSampler, which
had a very short life cycle and a flash version. The transparent version was the last available. It is sold out at Lomography's, but there is still some stock around.

The ActionSampler is very similar to an "Action Tracker", made in China, which existed already before. So either Lomo copied it or it's from the same maker with a Lomo branding.

Its main features are:

4x 26mm wide lens, F11, fixed focus, 1.2m -
Shutter 1/100, 4 pictures in 1 s via a rotating disk with one hole, which passes successively before all 4 lenses
Size 102x64x32,  Weight 95 gr.

Camera with box, manual and other lomo booklets.

Camera with strap and viewing frame unfolded.

Camera front. 4 Lenses..

Camera back. Thumb wheel for film advance and shutter cocking.

Camera top. Film rewind, handle doesn't even fold. Aiming device and shutter release.

Camera bottom. Film counter and rewind release button.

Film compartment.

Using the Lomo ActionSampler is easy. A cycle takes one second which gives different pictures from a moving subject. Don't move too quick, as 1/100s shutter speed may give blurred pictures unless you want them so.

As there is only one shutter speed, you have to choose your film depending on the weather conditions. On bright days ISO 200 is fine, on dull days ISO 400 is better. Modern film is quite flexible, so you will have usable results. Inside or at night photos are not possible. It's a toy or fun camera, all plastic.

The clear plastic is extremely fragile, more fragile than ordinary plastic. If you put the camera down roughly, it may break already. On top of it, this is the most flimsy Lomo camera I have had in my hands. The original Action Tracker seems to be slightly more "solid". Non transparent Lomo models are also preferable. The chrome one is at the end of this page.

Some gereral words about Lomography and their service: There is a 2-year warranty, at least in Europe. My personal experience with their service is very good. As most of their cameras are made of (cheap) plastic, there is no repair, they just exchange your defective camera. You have to send it in to their Vienna office at your expenses, which is not cheap if you are not based in Austria, but they try to compensate by adding film or so to the return. You absolutely need a proof of purchase, there was heavy abuse by fraudulent customers they told me. So if you buy second hand or your camera is gift, be sure to put your hands on the proof of purchase. After  the 2-years warranty period it's over. They will try to help for the expensive not-so-plastic cameras like the LC series, but for the rest there is no repair. Keep this in mind for the prices you pay for older gear.

Here is the chrome edition:



Top. It has a foldable rewind.

Bottom. Lomography inscriptions.

A nice look.
Be cautious handling it, it scratches easily.