The Lomo Spilt Cam (Image Fusion) is a simple and basic fun camera with 2 blinds before the upper and lower part of the lens and the viewer, that can take 2 different pictures
on the upper and lower part of one 24x36mm frame. To do this, it has a
double exposure device. If you open both blinds, it can make ordinary
double expoures. Mixing these possibilities, you can fuse images,
one into another.
There isn't much information on this camera, let alone technical information.
main features are:
~28mm wide lens, ~F11, focus free
Shutter ~1/100s, double exposure, 2 blinds on upper and lower part of the lens and the viewer Size 102x64x32, Weight 100 gr.
Camera with manual and strap.
front, lower blinds closed.
front, upper blinds closed.
Camera back. Viewer, thumb wheel for film advance and shutter cocking. On the upper right edge: double exposure switch. Push firmly towards the left as indicated and the shutter is cocked again.
top. Film rewind, counter and shutter
Camera bottom. Rewind release button.
Using the Lomo split camera is easy. Having taken the first part of the
photo, push the double exposure switch and change the blinds. Now you
are ready for the second shot. Use your fantasy to mix or fuse
different pictures on one frame. It's fun.
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,
The plastic of this camera is quite fragile and finishing is bad. This
is the second most flimsy Lomo camera I have had in my hands. The film
transport on mine is very rough.
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.