Now Everyone Can Have Sprocket Holes on any 35mm Camera.


This is a super duper simple and awesome technique to have a sprocket holes on any 35mm camera.Everyone should try it,since the tools needed is common things that we have in our house.

Yeah i know that we can have sprocket holes if we scan 35mm film using 120mm holder.but what if we dont have that,and the lab want to charge extra for doing that?Here is the solution.

First,all you need is a scissor.If you dont have a scissor,you can also any type of cutting tool such a razor blade,knife etc.

Next you need a piece cellophane tape.

Then the main thing that we need is a piece of developed film strip,at least 4.5cm long.

Now what we are going to do is just to maske a simple mask inside our camera.
Cut the upper part and the lower part of the film strip.

And then the last thing that you have to do is just place it inside your camera,like what i’ve shown below.

As a result,you will get something like this.

I’m usine Olympus XA1 with cross processed Sensia 100

And please bear in mind,that we already use the upper part and the lower part of our 35mm film for the sprocket holes.So to get a good potrait picture,make sure to place the subject at the centre of the viewfinder when u want to shoot.You dont want an alien without a head in your picture,don’t you?

Have fun :)

written by aimanafiq on 2011-08-17 #gear #tutorials #tipster #35mm-sprocket-holes-diy-tipster-simple #top-tipster-techniques


  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·


  2. aroninvt
    aroninvt ·

    So clever! I need to try this! Thank you so much!

  3. aimanafiq
    aimanafiq ·

    give it a shot guys.won't lose anything :D

  4. chethong
    chethong ·

    haha like this also can! cool!

  5. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    this is simple and a GREAT idea!

  6. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Maybe we can make a negative version of your example mask.. so that the inside of the sproket holes will be black and the outsides of each hole will be exposed. I'll try it! :)))

  7. aimanafiq
    aimanafiq ·

    @dearjme please please please give it a try.that would be super duper awesome if it works!

  8. gabysalas
    gabysalas ·

    @dearjme: I think it would be possible if you cut out the little holes and you place them on some transparent tape (sandwiched) then you just put that in the back of the camera...

  9. aimanafiq
    aimanafiq ·

    @gabysalas what a nice idea.will give it a try.

  10. clemeister
    clemeister ·

    Nice idea, but to me it seems kind of a waste because a portion of the photo is covered. For me, the reason I like sprocket holes is because more of the view is being exposed on film, not just because I want to have holes on the side of my photos.
    But if you just want your photos to have holes on the side, this can work, although the idea suggested by gabysalas is better IMHO. Nice try.

  11. naqi
    naqi ·

    nice job aiman! will try it someday :D

  12. stratski
    stratski ·

    The negative version would be easy too: just take a sheet of transparent plastic, stick a bit of film to it (with tape on the ends), fill in the sprocket holes with black marker or paint or something, remove the film from your transparent sheet and voila: a row of black marks in the right shape and proportions. Cut out, stick to camera as desribed in this tipster and you're ready to go.

  13. runshoutlive
    runshoutlive ·

    just take a delevoped slidefilm,which is not cross processed. this one will be transpaent, too.

  14. aimanafiq
    aimanafiq ·

    @stratski your idea is much simpler.will give it a try.
    @runshoutlive you mean E6 processed slide will be transparent?i just know that,thanks for the info :)

  15. zulaikha-zulkifli
    zulaikha-zulkifli ·

    Great tipster. Thanks for sharing, will try it someday :)

  16. boxcar
    boxcar ·

    very nice!

  17. cfib
    cfib ·

    haha, did it before I read your tipster (called it "inverted fake sprockets")… :)

  18. yein
    yein ·


  19. winroe
    winroe ·

    what an idea!

  20. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    best , keep it up aiman!

  21. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Fun and simple technique. Good idea.

  22. tukumoura
    tukumoura ·

    It gave me some ideas =D

  23. lubiolg82
    lubiolg82 ·

    well done i'm shooting in this way also with my Lubitel 166U

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