The Lomo-Copter Takes Lomography To New Heights

lomo copter

Getting a digital camera up in the air is something we’ve gotten a big accustomed to. But I believe that getting a Lomography Diana F+ on a copter has not been done before. Till now.

The team over flitetest hooked up a Diana F+ to a tri-copter and sent it up in the air. I thought it would be interesting to go over the list of challenges they faces and break down the solutions to each of the challenges. This, and the video after the jump.

The Diana F+ with all the stuff on weighs over 1/2 a kilo. That actually poses two challenges, how to get this much weight in the air, and how to keep it stable. The first challenge was met by using a tri-copter – three motors can take more weight than one. The stabilization challenge was met with using a KK2 board which provides self stabilization.

lomo copter

lomo copter

With Polaroid you are limited to one picture at a time. This was solved by using an instant back compatible with Fujifilm INSTAX MINI. What the instant back provides is means to take 3 consecutive pictures, assuming you can advance the film between pictures. So two additional servos were used: a shutter opening servo and a film advance servo.

lomo copter

lomo copter

Lastly the team needed a way to find out what photos they were taking. the solution to this was placing an FPV (First Person View) radio enabled camera that was mounted to the view finder with a piece of instamorph moldable plastics shaped to fit the viewfinder, and a modern rubber band. This is probably the next best thing to actually riding the tri-copter with your eye stuck in the viewfinder.

lomo copter

lomo copter

lomo copter

The endeavor went quite well till a massive wind wall forced the tri-copter to “land”. I cant wait to see more of this stuff!! Till then, here are the pictures resulting from the flight:

lomo copter

lomo copter

Thanks for the heads up Dave!

[Lomo-Copter by FliteTest]