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A Convenient Cheap and Chic Tipster for Locking the Sprocket Rocket Shutter

This is a tipster about how you can free your poor finger from pressing the Sprocket Rocket shutter during countless seconds (or minutes) with the cutest bow.

Since I bought the Sprocket Rocket and I realised a shutter release cable could not be used with it, I started thinking about how to lock the shutter release without having to hold it with the finger. Not only because it is a bit cumbersome but also because it is quite easy, at the end, to move slightly the camera and so the image can end up blurry.

So, while I was thinking about what thing could subsitute the finger pressure … what if a tight string around the camera achieves this purpose? Eureka!

I tested different types of strings and I got convinced with a satin ribbon. It is flat so that the camera can still be steady over any plate surface and … it’s cool! For this trick you only need around 50 cm of ribbon (or string) and a bit of skill to make slipknots:

If you have never tied this kind of knots, don’t worry, they are quite easy to make:
1. Take one end of the ribbon and wrap it twice or three times around the ribbon. It’s useful to use your finger as a guide.
2. Push this end inside the ribbon tunnel, from the inside to the outside (in the same direction than the wrapping in step 1).
3. Pull the tails for tighten the knot. Don’t let it too tight because at the end the longitude of the loop has to be adjusted.
4. Repeat the steps 2 and 3 for the other tail.

Now you only have to put it around your camera, wrap it around the shutter release and adjust the longitude of the ribbon in order to be enough tight. Thus the shutter will not move!

When first performing this tipster, a doubt arose: what would happen with the N mode? Well, nothing bad happens because the shutter closure is independent from the little lever. So there is no danger that the shutter keeps open. However, the lever is not going to get up by itself so you would need to help it!

The only con I have found is that it is quite probable to move the camera just in the moment of pushing the lever, because the movement it is a bit forced. For avoiding this I would recommend the tipster from @littlemisspeacock , basically it is about covering the lens with a card while you are locking the shutter release.

Now you are ready for enjoying your camera alone in darkness during seconds, minutes, hours …

(Now I am thinking about a similar method for the Fisheye, I have tried with black tape, band-aids … but I have not managed to find the final solution, a DIY brace?)

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 nacarilegea and translated by nacarilegea

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The original version of this article is written in: Spanish.