My First Time Using the Sprocket Rocket and Epson Scan

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Read about my first time using my Sprocket Rocket (one of my favorite Lomography cameras that I wanted to hold on my hands!) with redscale film and how I learned to scan it with my new Epson Scanner.

Thanks to a famous Spanish fashion brand, I could get my Sprocket Rocket. I have been waiting for months to use it for first time. In fact, it was a camera that I always wanted to have. I love the design and shape. The truth is that I love most of the Lomography cameras! Love everything about them—the design of the cameras, the packaging, and also the books!

So, I had been waiting to use it because I was waiting to have my film scanner to scan the film with it holes! Then, I had the scanner, the camera, the film…and a good trip to visit Bilbao (a city located in the north of Spain).

Credits: carlosbull

So I took my Sprocket Rocket, loaded it with a Redscale XR 50-200 film, one of my favorite films, because it gives you lots of results and different colors. I began to capture one of the most emblematic areas of the city, where the Guggenheim museum is located.

I like the format of the Sprocket Rocket, so wide and original, but for these photos I limited myself to take pictures correctly and some double exposures. I wanted to learn all about it, but next time I’ll try more things!

For me, the most fun thing is that you can wind the film backward or forwards, so you can do double exposures whenever you want! Other things I love are the sprocket holes, because they give your photos a vintage look that it’s great!

Credits: carlosbull

Once, the film was developed, the scanning time had arrived. Problem number one, I haven’t got the DigitaLIZA Scanning Mask (I’d like to buy it when I have enough piggies) that had helped me a lot, but I could put the negatives into the scan perfectly to scan them with it holes. I think the result is good!

The disadvantage of redscale comes in the adjustment of tone and saturation—it’s really complicated! You can’t use automatic adjustment! But it was a good way to use for first time my Sprocket Rocket and to know more about the scanning process!

Credits: carlosbull

The Sprocket Rocket is the first wide-angle camera dedicated entirely to sprockets. And with dual winding knobs for easy multiple exposures, there is no limit to your analogue creativity with this panoramic wonder. See the Sprocket Rocket in our Shop!

written by carlosbull on 2011-12-18 in #reviews

9 Comments

  1. pinkpix
    pinkpix ·

    Looks pretty good! What type of Epson scanner did you use? And do you really think the Digitaliza is necessary, or is it just a luxury?

  2. carlosbull
    carlosbull ·

    @pinkpix I used Epson Perfection V500 PHOTO! and...I don't think Digitaliza is necessary, because as you can seen I scanned my film without it, but I think it really helps you... maybe we can say it's a useful luxury! (if I can get it with my piggie points, probably I'll do! But I don't feel it as a necessary thing!)

  3. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    he @carlosbull i just bought a v500 how did you get it to work with the digitaliza instead of the "masks" that come with the scanner?

  4. carlosbull
    carlosbull ·

    @guanatos I didn't use Digitaliza or the scanner masks. I just putted the film in the middle of the scan, without any mask.

  5. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    @carlosbull and the light on the front doesn't flash orange??

  6. carlosbull
    carlosbull ·

    @guanatos what light? what "front light"?

  7. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    @carlosbull the led that's normally green at the front next to the "scan button"

  8. carlosbull
    carlosbull ·

    @guanatos Oh, I know what you say... I think that light fires when something is wrong, and I have to say that in some occasions scanning this film, the scans said "error..." that's because you haven't aligned the film correct into the scanner, try to put it perfectly and it'll work!

  9. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    @carlosbull awesome! thanks i'll try it out!

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