Last December I got to try taking photos with a Lomo camera for the first time – with the Sprocket Rocket, to be specific – and immediately got hooked.
I honestly found the Sprocket Rocket just a little bit daunting initially because ever since I started dabbling with photography some years back, I haven’t been able to use a camera like it. For starters it has knobs that one has to twist manually until you see the white dot in the film-stopping reference window to wind the film; if ever you miss it, say you’re going a bit fast when winding it, then that’s a wasted frame. Add to that my innate fear of me being unable to properly load the film so nothing, apparently, gets recorded (with the Sprocket Rocket this happened to me only once, thankfully. I didn’t know how to load the film to it in the beginning).
It turned out that the Sprocket Rocket is easy enough to use, provided that you always remember to tinker with the settings as you see fit. I didn’t, so sometimes my shots look decent enough…
Other times, well, not so much.
In any case, I really enjoyed shooting with the Sprocket Rocket. Aside from shooting with it from a high-rise tower the first time, I was also able to take it with me when I went to Binondo for the Chinese New Year celebrations and to Pateros during its town fiesta earlier this month. As I’ve said, one can get the hang of shooting with it pretty much easily, plus the sprocket holes on the photos look cool – it had me arriving to the conclusion that, at least in my opinion, it’s one of the best cameras one could use for street photography especially on a bright, sunny day. The sprocket holes somehow give these shots character, I think. Just make sure you remember to adjust the settings properly to adapt to the situation at hand; when you’re new to street photography like me, you tend to forget these things and realize your mistake as soon as you’ve released the shutter release lever.
Since one can only adjust the Sprocket Rocket’s shutter, aperture, and focusing settings, remember to choose a high ISO film, too, or else your shots would look dark and have this odd green tint over it (at least with the expired Kodak Gold 100 ISO; I think it’s fine for long exposure, though). From my experience, Kodak Colorplus 200 ISO is okay, and so is Fujifilm Superia 400. If you want brighter, clearer photos, you can also attach any flash with a hot shoe adapter to it.
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!
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