Battle of the Ultra-wide Lomo's. Part Three, the final chapter.

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“Here we go again” Robert Sanchez would say. And there I went again. Today I took out my beloved Sprocket Rocket and Horizon 202. They are a bit different because they both shoot 50something by 24mm sized frames instead of 36 by 24. They don’t make everything small and looking far away like normal wide angle does. When you don’t hold them level, they curve your pic really nice. The Horizon 202 is an old version of the Horizon Perfekt, giving you apertures from f/2.8 up to f/16 and shutter speeds up to 1/250s. (The Perfekt goes up to 1/500). The Sprocket Rocket has a fixed speed and two apertures, Sunny and shady (I think F/11 and f/16). This is a problem in a country like mine with very unpredictable weather. When I loaded the SprockRock I went out and measured the light. My light meter said f/8 1/250s. So I decided an iso 200 film would be approriate. When I arrived 30 minutes later at my destination the sky was overcast and my light meter said f/8 1/60s. That’s no problem for the Horizon, but the a problem for the Rocket, as you will see on the pictures. By the time I got home it was pouring rain. I am gonna include the LC-Wide’s pictures, just for reminders. So, here we go.

Next three pics are taken from exact the same spot.

Horizon 202

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Sprocket Rocket

as you can see the Rocket is underexposed. Taken at the same moment and same film as the Horizon.

LC-wide

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As you can see, the Horizon is wider than the Rocket. It’s glass lens and aperture and speed control, gives you the ability to expose your shot correctly. The Sprocket Rocket is way more LoFi (hence it’s price). When I should have loaded with an Iso 800 film it would have given a totally different result. Both camera’s are wide in width but not in height.

This is what happens when you go like 10 meters backwards with the horizon.

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Let’s Zeppelin, euh move on to the next location.

Horizon 202

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Here I tilted the cam, as you can see the pic curves
Horizon 15 meters backwards

Sprocket Rocket

tilted to get the whole cathedral on it. Curved.

LC-Wide

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The final verdict. The LC-Wide is a classic ultra-wide angle. The cheapest I think on the market (an old manual Nikkor 17mm easily costs 350 to 450 euros). It exposes automatically, so you don’t have to worry about that.
The Horizon is a totally different camera, you need an exposure meter or you have to be experienced in the sunny 16 rule. It has the best lens, gives the sharpest images. But it is just a different way of wide angle. The same goes for the Sprocket Rocket. The Sprocket Rocket is defenitely fun because you can wind and rewind your frames as you wish, making impossible panorama’s like this.

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As you can see, when loaded with the right film your shots are crispy and nice for a plastic lens. Another advantage of the SprockRock is that you can fire the shutter as much as you like without having to press an MX button. So you can move your camera slightly and keep on shooting. If you have to take it down and push a button to do multiple exposures you never get the same framing. Giving results like this:

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So I love all three of them. In fact La Sardina is a bit redundant. It’s a fun toy but if I have to choose I always pick one of three above.

So thanx for reading, hope you liked it. And from know on I shut up about wide angles (you know it’s a lie).

Greetz Gauthier

written by gauthierdumonde on 2012-07-05

2 Comments

  1. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    More, more, MORE of this madness, I say! Don't quit yet - I wanna know how your 17mm Nikkor compares against the Fisheye Baby! ;-p (Joking aside, I really loved these three articles - so much, in fact, that I'm gonna personally come over there, hunt you down and buy you a drink, my friend!)

  2. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    @buckshot. Always welcome in Belgium. The Nikkor is pro lens. But I will do a Diana fisheye - babyfishey - Peleng battle. Next I am gonna build my own tilt shift lens. After that I build my own Pinhole cam, one that takes Photographic paper and will have more then one hole. Don't worry about the madness. If anyone has crazy ideas, just feed them to me :). I look forward to the drink.