So you are in the mood for redscale pictures, but there’s no redscale film at hand? With black sellotape and your Sprocket Rocket, redscale pictures are no big deal anymore.
As I got my Lomography Sprocket Rocket, I quickly realised that you can insert your film can the other way round so that you can shoot redscale pictures. However, I, for a very long time, didn’t have the courage to do so- I only had 200ISO film at home and the only tipster/ report available for self-made redscale film for the Sprocket Rocket advised its readers to use a film with a very high ISO, as the red film layer swallows lots of light.
I finally decided to try a self-made redscale with the cheapest ISO200 film I had at home, a really cheap one from a local drugstore (It’s in Germany and is called “Rossmann”), expecting that I won’t get any pictures out of it.
So I inserted the film can the other way round and followed the description in this tipster. What the tipster doesn’t say is that you have to sellotape almost half of all the edges of your Sprocket Rocket, as the Sprocket Rocket back doesn’t properly close anymore when the film can is inserted the other way round- so plan on using much sellotape! There’s an 80% chance that there will be really strong lightleaks on your pictures, though- but maybe that was just me not sellotaping enough.
Another disadvantage of this redscale method: the little window which normally says how many pictures you already took doesn’t move anymore, so you have to be ready for unintended multi-exposures. I rather had the other problem: I turned the advance wheel that far that I was only able to do 10-ish shots (instead of 18) before the film was full.
And the last disadvantage I discovered: rewinding the film is quite hard- it doesn’t go as smoothly as it goes when you insert the film the right way round, so make sure you fully rewind the film before you open the Sprocket Rocket back (I actually opened the back a little bit too early because I was that worried that something inside the camera broke as I was trying really hard to rewind the film- not a good idea).
Surprisingly enough, the few pictures I got from my first self-made redscale film are quite a success- although I used an ISO200 film. Use a flash and even the pictures you take with a self-made ISO200 film, no matter if they are shot outside (on sunny days though) or inside, will be fine!
To put it in a nutshell: self-made redscales with the Sprocket Rocket (by inserting the film can the other way round) work quite well, even if it’s “just” a cheap supermarket film or if it’s “just” an ISO200 film. Making redscale films by using other methods such as this one might be more effective, though, as you don’t have to use sellotape and as the film transport wheel will be running more smoothly then.
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!