The Lomography Sprocket Rocket Panorama 35mm Camera is a simple but fun camera to use. I have had mine for a few years and I like to pull it out from time to time, as it gives you another way to think about composition. This camera takes 35mm film but each image is shot across two frames, so you end up with half as many photos, as you would from a regular film. They are plastic cameras produced by Lomography and could fit under the ‘Toy Camera’ category. It is very simple to use with minimal controls. The name Sprocket Rocket comes from the most notable feature of the camera, that is that the image gets exposed over the film sprocket holes, so you can see them in the finished image. This is unlike most other cameras, who do not allow the sprocket holes to feature in the images. You also get to see the film details on the edge of the film, name, iso, etc. Previously, when I scanned my images, I missed the sprocket holes, due to the way my scanning mask works, however, next time, I will endeavour to scan the entire image.
This camera has a very wide field of view of 106 degrees with a 30mm lens. The Shutter speed options are bulb mode for long exposures or 1/100th of a second for regular photos. The two aperture options are Cloudy (F11) and Sunny (F16), as is typical for Lomography ‘toy’ cameras. The focus settings are half a meter to a meter or one meter to infinity. There will be some vignetting. The ‘N’ (Sunny) Setting refers to 1/100 shutter speed for everyday use. The lens is plastic so the images will be a little softer than a glass lens. This is a traditional feature in toy cameras and can be fun to play with.
There will be a follow up post soon showing some example images that I got from this camera.