As I continue to explore cheap camera options, I was intrigued by the Lomography Sprocket Rocket.
Here's a breakdown of the Sprocket Rocket:
Full film coverage means exposing over the film sprockets (which is fun)
Two aperture options: cloudy about f/11 and sunny about f/16
Two focus options: Close (0.6-1 meter) and General (1 meter to infinity)
Two shutter options: 1/100th and Bulb
Multiple exposures (keep clicking the shutter OR for real mystery: rewind the full film and shoot across it a second time!
The viewfinder is panoramic as well, which is handy for framing.
I stopped under this freeway overpass for some captures. All color images shot on Fujicolor 200.
A walk downtown for some light between buildings. I saw this huge cloud of yellow leaves blowing around and rushed over... then I waited for 20-minutes as they proceeded to not blow around anymore. So this ended up being my only shot here.
I tried some Lomography Lady Grey 400 film in to shoot some skateboarding with my friend James. A couple general wider shots. A planned compilation shot. And ended with a "portrait."
So what's my take on it? It's fun! I like the decent resolution (with the sprockets it's closer to 120 film size). I wish I could just use 120 film in it... but that's not an option (will have to swap to a Holga if I want to explore that on a plastic camera).
The fisheye is more prominent than with the Ansco, but it makes sense because the images are being exposed on a larger area of film. The fisheye shows up in the close-ups, but is more subtle when shooting further back. And I honestly like the fisheye look in these.
Even with the panoramic viewfinder, the framing isn't going to be perfect. It's hard to tell where the tops and bottoms of the frame will be. You can see in the last portrait that I was too far right. But at the time it looked dead center. However, that's mainly an issue, as with the fisheye, if you're trying to get close to your subject.
In the end, with 18 shots per roll of film, it's a nice, super light, plastic camera to bring along for capturing the overall, WIDE look and feel of a place. A great traveling plastic camera. Good work Lomography!