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Protect the shutter-release button for your Sprocket Rocket

Does this sound familiar to you? You put your camera in your bag and *click*, it automatically takes a picture. The result is a black photo, while you could've used this piece of film for a very special moment. Luckily you can now easily prevent such situations. Read about it and discover how you can make your own shutter-release button protection!

I’ve had my Sprocket Rocket-camera close to two weeks now. The excitement of the early days is back, because the settings are pretty limited and you also can’t see what the result of the photo is going to be. Luckily I’ve found a photographer in my neighborhood where I can get my 35mm rolls developed.

Because of the lovely weather, I regularly get on my bike for a trip to the photographer to get my film developed. After an hour of impatient waiting, I rushed back home to view the results. With my first batch I saw a few blanks and I soon discovered what might be the reason for this. When I put my camera in my bag, my shutter-release button sometimes automatically fires. I had to find a solution for this, or else I would run out of film, fast! During my holiday I took the time to find a solution. In the store, a salesperson told me that some photographers fix this with a rubber band. A good idea, but there has to be a better solution, right?

So I fumbled around a little with some zip ties and the fastening of an old key-cord. But finally, after some messing around, I managed to “lock” the shutter-release button.

What do you need?

  • 3 small zip ties,
  • 2 long zip ties,
  • and the fastening of a key-cord.
  1. You attach the fastening of the key-cord to the bottom of the camera.
  2. After this you have to make sure that the other zip ties are going around to the shutter-release button.
  3. When you want to take a picture, just simply unfasten the fastening and you can start shooting.
  4. When you’re done, put the zip ties around the shutter-release button and click it back on.

This way, you won’t take accidental pictures when your camera is in your bag!

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 pupske and translated by headlock

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