The Sprocket Rocket gives you panoramas for quite a low price — the poor man’s Horizon. But I must say I was positively surprised — the results are not poor at all!
I always wanted (and still do!) a Horizon. But for now I still can’t afford it. So when the Sprocket Rocket came out, I decided to say goodbye to all the piggies I had and get me my first panoramic camera! I liked the weird shape of it, and when it arrived it felt good in my hands. It doesn’t have too many moving parts and it looks quite sturdy.
The Sprocket Rocket is a rather simple camera. It has two shutter modes: B (bulb) and N (normal) which fires at 1/100. It has two aperture settings: sunny (f/16) and cloudy (f/11). The focus is between 0.6m to infinity, even though you can get even closer. It also sports a hotshoe flash mount and a tripod mount.
Film loading is quite easy, and the back cover is fastened firmly with two metal clips — there is no way this thing is coming off out of the blue! It has a simple and clever counter: one dial show the approximate frame number, while another shows a white dot every time a full frame is advanced (or rewound). And this is just great – you can rewind and advance as you wish! There is one advance knob, and one rewind knob, and the shutter is not coupled to the advance mechanism. Combined with the counter and the white dot system, you can travel freely through the frames, to match layers for double exposures and any other purpose.
The Sprocket Rocket comes with a mask that gives you the choice if you want to expose the sprocket holes or not. But hey, the name says it all — there is no choice here! The mask might come handy for those who have troubles with scanning sprocket holes, or for those who don’t like them. Yeah.
What surprised me most (and still does) about the results I keep getting from the Sprocket Rocket is the sharpness of the photos. The lens on this rocket does a great job!
I enjoy this camera very much and recommend it to anyone who wants to get a panoramic view of the world!
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!