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Problem with film clasp

Hi there, I bought my Oktomat in Urban Outfitters in Boston while on holidays in the States for the summer. Ive taken about 5 films with it and i cant get any luck with it.The problem its when i load the 35 mm film the clasp does not wind the film on properly, and if it does it only moves on slightly leaving me with no pictures and a ton of wasted film.Im pretty dissatisfied with this considering I paid 40 bucks for the camera.Is it faulty and/or is there anyway I can fix this?? Thank you!

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  • imbentobox Mar 03, 2008

    same problem here

  • Anonymous Jun 12, 2008

    exactly the same problem, and i don't live in the US either

  • Anonymous Jun 19, 2008

    same here. IT SUCKS.

  • infinitychic Aug 30, 2008

    I have taken 5 films so far with my oktomat, and two of them have come
    back completely blank, when in all exterior appearances and sounds the
    camera seems to be working the same every time. super frustrating....

  • davidoktomat Oct 31, 2008

    same here!!!

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    yup.. same problem here. used two rolls of film and NOTHING. it sucks

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Obertelli
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SOURCE: The winding mechanism on my oktomat is jammed how

First, are you absolutely sure that you haven't just reached the end of the film roll?

There are no repair manuals for this model. It's designed to last for about 12 rolls of film before it's worn out like other Lomo's in their "toy camera" range.

It's very cheaply designed and constructed and was never intended to be repaired, so if your camera is still under warranty (regardless of how many rolls of film you've shot) then make a claim. The plastic gears inside are like those on all Lomo toy cameras: awful. They may as well have just made them from cheese...

If the gears are not stripped you can try brute force by slapping the camera down onto a hard surface a few times to try and unjam the mechanism, although it risks making the fault worse. But as the camera isn't working what do you have to lose? The same applies to trying to dismantle the camera to find the fault, but you'll have to work out how to do so for yourself. Most current Lomos are simply clipped together with a minimum of screws.

If you're not covered by the warranty and cannot repair yours, then you'll need to consider whether to invest another £40 on a camera which really shouldn't be selling for more than £10 maximum.


Posted on Mar 18, 2010

Obertelli
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SOURCE: I just bought new Lomo

If your film was TOTALLY blank then it's been bleached due to a processing error. By totally blank, I mean that there are no frame numbers or other film markings on your blank film. Otherwise, you simply have an unexposed film.

First, operate the camera with the camera back open, hold the camera up to a bright light and operate the camera as you look into the back of the lens. If you see a brief bit of light coming through as you operate the shutter then the shutter is admitting light into the camera and so you should have got some kind of an image unless you failed to correctly load the film (very common).

Unfortunately, there's no way to tell unless you try another roll of film. Once the film is loaded, turn the rewind crank gently to take up slack film and take a few pictures; each time you advance the film the rewind crank should turn a little. If it doesn't then the film has not been correctly loaded as the film leader has not engaged onto the take-up spool. If so, open the camera and re-engage the film. If it clearly has engaged, then the take-up spool is failing to rotate when the film is advanced: try taking a few shots and winding on the film with the back open. If the film is not advancing then you have a faulty Lomo. This is extremely common as it is a plastic toy camera with atrocious build quality and materials and is the FishEye is only designed for paltry ten rolls of film lifespan.

A final check for film which has not advanced through the camera is if the rewind is extremely short when the film has finished.


Posted on Aug 12, 2010

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SOURCE: my action sampler doesnt work properly..

The problem is your lab, assuming you got prints, the lab printed them like normal, But look at your negatives, you will see the 4 panel images.

Best to print an Actionsampler photo from the internet or lomography website, just print a rough one on regular paper, 4x6inch, and take it to the lab to show them how the prints should be. They should re-print from your negatives for free because they made an error the first time. It may have been an automatic adjustment by the machine they use.

Posted on Nov 06, 2010

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SOURCE: My lomo will not advance the film after taking a shot

I fixed this a couple of ways with my own LCA.

One is to stick a piece of paper in between the 2 parts of the tape-up spool (the internal and external parts) to make them a tighter fit.

Also, I often fold the leader of the film back (very close to it's end), and push it inbetween the 2 parts of the take up spool, making sure one sprocket is securely placed into the small tooth/hook on the spool. So, the film is folded around the tooth and towards the back, on the inside of the spool.

Posted on Nov 06, 2010

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SOURCE: I think the rewind wheel

I use to take 35mm Film Camera, the problem is in the sprocket and spring inside the container have separated so when you turn it with the fold down lever nothing is happening. Have you tried to contact the company ? this is a repair will require a reasonable amount of skill. Try www.lomo.com for customer support and ask for technical assistance, perhaps they still support this camera and repairs are possible. The spring and sprocket will probably need replacement along with some other parts. It is a tricky repair that is best suited for a professional. If the company is willing to repair it, that should be your first choice or they may opt to send the parts with a download manual to assist. The only other option is to put feelers out there to see if somebody has the same model and wants to get rid it for parts, that is where the internet will be useful. "Good Luck"

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