2010 was not a great year for film photography, but among all the doom and gloom, one shining light stood proud like a lighthouse on the horizon: Lomography Society International. When so many other camera manufacturers were discontinuing products or leaving the industry altogether, Lomography launched a brand new camera: the Sprocket Rocket.

Marshall and the kids, Sprocket Rocket with expired Lomography 400 film.

The Sprocket Rocket wasn’t just any camera either: touted as the world’s first panoramic wide-angle camera that exposes film sprockets, it was truly something new and different. If that wasn’t enough, this plastic beauty was fitted with a “reverse gear”, allowing the photographer to rewind and remix images they’d taken via double and multiple exposures.

Fast forward 10 years and I have finally bought a Sprocket Rocket. You can read my review below or press play on the podcast review above.

The Sprocket Rocket’s design harks back to some classic mid 20th century camera designs

What does the Sprocket Rocket look like?

The Sprocket Rocket is a fairly chunky plastic camera that is bright and bold. If you think it looks familiar, you’re right. The camera closely resembles two vintage cameras from the mid 20th century: the 1938 Falcon Miniature and the 1949 Ilford Advocate.

The Sprocket Rocket has been available in a wide range of bright colours over the years: red, blue, teal, pink, white, yellow, orange, green, and black.

As at October 2020, you can buy it from the Lomography website in three colours: black, red, and green. I bought my red Sprocket Rocket direct from the Lomography website for $69USD.

Graham’s Tyre Service, Brisbane. Expired Lomography 400 film.

What’s in the Sprocket Rocket box?

Like many Lomography products, the packaging and inclusions are all very hip and well designed. Here’s what came in the box:

  • Sprocket Rocket camera.
  • Lens cap.
  • Mask for sprocketless photos (black thing above the camera in the image below).
  • Sprocket Rocket Panorama User Manual.
  • Sprocket Panorama brochure with sample images.
  • Sprocket Rocket – The Blind Experiment booklet.

I really like all the additional bits and bobs you get with a Lomography camera. The brochure with sample images is fantastic for inspiration, showing you examples of what you can expect. It also features a cool Sprocket Rocket themed detective cartoon!

The user manual has straightforward instructions on how to load film and operate the camera, tips and tricks on how to get the most out of it, and a trouble shooting guide. The text is a decent size, but it’s printed in multiple languages, so it’s not as long as you think when you first take a look.

The blind experiment is one person’s journey using the Sprocket Rocket as a “blind photographer” for two days.

Sun flares at sunset. Wellington Point, Queensland. Sprocket Rocket with Kodak Gold 200 film.

Sprocket Rocket features and specifications

  • The Sprocket Rocket has two apertures to choose from: Cloudy f/10.8 and Sunny f/16.
  • It has two shutter speeds: a fixed 1/100 second (the N setting on the camera), and a very handy bulb setting (the B setting on the camera.)
  • The focal length of the lens is 30mm, making it a wide angle camera.
  • The minimum focus distance is quite short at just 60cm (2 feet).
  • The camera zone focuses via two settings on the lens barrel: 0.6m to 1m, and 1m to infinity.
  • The Sprocket Rocket takes 35mm film. It doesn’t matter if your film has DX coding or not, as it doesn’t read DX coding, and has no capability to change settings based on film speed.
  • Recommended film speed is IS0400, though I’ve successfully used ISO200 film here in sunny Queensland.
  • Exposure area of each frame is double the width of a normal 35mm exposure: 72x33mm (with mask taken out to expose sprockets) or 72x24mm (with mask in).
  • No battery is required.
  • Weight: it’s quite light, weight just 227g / 8oz.
  • Tripod mount on the bottom for long exposure shots.
  • Film advance and rewind knobs – when used in conjunction with the white dot window, this rewind knob is a very handy feature.
  • Flash hot shoe on top of the camera.
Top view of the Sprocket Rocket showing the twist lens zone focusing, the two shutter speeds: N and B, the flash hot shoe, the shutter mechanism to the right of the shutter speeds, the silver film advance and rewind knobs (on opposite sides of the camera), and the two small windows to the left of the hot shoe: the frame counter and the white dot window.

How many images do I get with a Sprocket Rocket?

The Sprocket Rocket is a panoramic camera with exposures being double the width of a normal 35mm frame (72mm wide instead of 36mm wide). This means you’ll get a maximum of 18 shots on a 36 exposure roll, and a maximum of 12 on a 24 exposure roll.

What film is recommended for the Sprocket Rocket?

Lomography recommend ISO400 film for use in the Sprocket Rocket. Depending on the lighting conditions, you could use any film from ISO100-800 quite easily if you know the sunny 16 rul, if you use a light meter, or if you use a smartphone light meter app.

Victoria Point, Queensland, on Kodak Ultramax 400 film.

Before you start shooting

The first thing you probably want to do is open up the back of the camera and take the mask out. With the mask left in, the camera won’t expose the entire film negative, so there won’t be any sprockets!

Loading film in the Sprocket Rocket

Just lift up those silver clasps and the back comes off.

Loading film in the Sprocket Rocket is quite easy, especially if you have some experience doing this. To take the back off the camera, lift up the silver clasps on the side of the camera and the whole back section comes off. With this design, it looks like the back would come off pretty easily while you’re using it, but it doesn’t.

Inside the Lomography Sprocket Rocket. Note that the mask has already been taken out.

Next, load your film into the camera on the left hand side. Feed the film across the back of the camera and into the take up spool, then wind it on. Below is a video from Lomography showing the process. Keep winding the film on until you see a little white dot appear in the window next to the rewind button.

Lomography’s video on how to load the Sprocket Rocket

Shooting with the Sprocket Rocket

Once your film is loaded, you’re ready to go! The camera has a viewfinder – quite a luxury for a plastic toy camera – but I’d suggest it’s more of a guide than for precise composition. The bottom part of your view through the viewfinder is blocked by the top part of the lens. 

Make sure you have enough light when you’re taking photos: in darker conditions or indoors you may need to use a flash. In sunny or cloudy daylight conditions, you should be fine.

Maryvale Roadhouse. Sprocket Rocket with with expired Lomography 400 film.

Next, choose your aperture for the conditions: either sunny or cloudy. The aperture setting is on the bottom of the lens. Next, choose your focus: either 0.6m to 1m, or 1m to infinity. I left my Sprocket Rocket on the latter the whole time I shot with it.

Once you compose your shot, press the shutter lever down. The Sprocket Rocket makes a strange, but kinda cool shutter sound. You can hear it in my podcast, or in the short video from Lomography below:

Precise framing with the white dot

For single exposures, it’s now time to wind the film advance knob to the next frame. Film is advanced by the silver knob on the right of the camera as you’re holding it in your hands, turn the wheel in the direction of the arrow.

As you start turning the knob, the white dot in the window on the right of the camera will disappear: keep turning the knob until the white dot appears again in the window. This way your double wide panoramic exposures will not overlap each other, making it much easier to scan them.

Can I do double exposures and multiple exposures with the Sprocket Rocket?

Yes! As explained above, the shutter is triggered by pushing down the silver lever on the side of the lens. Film advancement is manual, meaning that you physically have to turn the film advance knob to get to the next frame. While this may seem primitive compared to more advanced cameras, this is actually a fantastic feature as it means you have unlimited potential for double and multiple exposures!

You can press the shutter as many times as you want on any given frame, just be careful not to overexpose your film too much. The image below was taken at dusk on ISO200 film. The image is on the darker side, I could’ve got away with a triple exposure on this frame.

Double exposure shot taken at an abandoned school on the Sprocket Rocket with Kodak Gold 200 film.

Shoot the roll, then shoot it backwards!

The Sprocket Rocket has a lot of features for a plastic toy camera. As well as having a mandatory film advance knob, it has a film film rewind knob on the opposite side of the camera. This is not only for rewinding the film once you’re finished, but used in conjunction with the white dot, you can also shoot the entire roll with single exposures, then rewind it frame by frame and shoot double and multi-exposures over the top!

So how does it work? Here’s a run down:

  1. Shoot your film with single exposures one frame at a time. After you take each image, wind the film until the white dot appears in the window again.
  2. Keep doing single exposures all the way until the end of the roll.
  3. When you get to the end of the roll, start winding the rewind button. The white dot will disappear, keep winding until it appears again.
  4. Take another image. What you’re doing is making a double exposure by taking a second image over the top of this already exposed frame.
  5. Rewind the film another frame by turning the rewind knob until the white dot appears again.
  6. Shoot another image.
  7. Repeat the process until the film ends up back in the canister, or start winding the film forward and take triple exposures on the roll!
Sprocket Rocket with expired Lomography 400 film. Check out the wide-angle distortion on the silos to the left!

Can I use a flash with the Sprocket Rocket?

Yes! There is a hot shoe connection on top of the camera. I haven’t used a flash for any of the photos featured in this review, but will try it soon.

Can I take long exposure images with the Sprocket Rocket? 

Yes! Not only does the Sprocket Rocket have a bulb mode, it also has a tripod socket! On the base of the camera is a silver ring which can be used to attach a strap. Unscrew this ring and hey presto, you have a tripod socket. 

Bulb mode with the Sprocket Rocket! Kodak Gold 200.

To take a long exposure image, mount your Sprocket Rocket on a tripod, switch the shutter setting to B for bulb, and then work out how many seconds you need to expose the scene for.

You can either guess, or use a light meter app, dialling in the aperture you’re using (probably easiest to use the sunny f16 aperture) and your film speed ISO. This will give you how many seconds you should hold down the shutter for.

Try to hold the camera rock solid with one hand on the tripod as you push and hold the shutter lever down with your other hand. The image above of Brisbane City is surprisingly sharp in the middle!

As a comparison, here’s a lab scan of the same shot, without sprockets.

Characteristics of Sprocket Rocket images

  • Sharp in the centre, blurry towards the edge of the frame.
  • Quite severe wide-angle distortion. Check out the building shots below, everything towards the edge of the frame looks curved!
  • Vignetting – this can be quite strong in certain conditions.
Victoria Point reverse sunset – the Sprocket Rocket has a very strong vignette under certain conditions! This was a roll I had scanned by the lab by accident, so there are no sprockets on this and some of the other images in this review. Shot on Kodak Gold 200.

Pros and cons of the Sprocket Rocket

Pros

  • It’s light – take it with you everywhere. 
  • It’s fun – how could a bright red wide-angle panoramic camera not be fun?
  • It’s (relatively) cheap. Not as cheap as a thrift store point and shoot, but this baby is brand new and you’re helping to support Lomography. 
  • Features – there’s a lot packed into this plastic camera: a viewfinder, the ability to do multi-exposures, the ability to rewind your film randomly, bulb mode, and a hot shoe for flash shots. 

Cons

  • If you want your subject in focus, composition is required. Anything that’s not in the centre of the frame will be either blurred or have sprocket holes over.  
  • The Sprocket Rocket can’t compete in quality with sprockets shot on 35mm film through a medium format camera. 
  • Lens blur, vignetting, wide-angle distortion… if these things aren’t your bag, steer clear. 
  • Scanning can be a pain. Most labs won’t scan sprockets, standard holders won’t let you scan the sprockets. If you want to do it right, one option is to invest in a Lomo Digitiliza – a scanning mask that allows you to scan sprockets.
You need to be careful with your composition – in this image my daughter’s head is cut off by a sprocket and my son is towards the edge of the frame and blurry! Expired Lomogoraphy 400 film.

How much does a Sprocket Rocket cost?

I bought my Sprocket Rocket brand new from the Lomography website for $69USD. I was really keen on getting the green one, but it was $20 more than the black or red versions. At the time of writing, each colour has a different price: black is the cheapest at $79USD, followed by red at $85USD, with the Superpop! green model coming in at $99USD. 

From time to time the cameras pop up on Facebook Marketplace, and there are plenty for sale on eBay, though with the latter they’re not much cheaper than buying it brand new off the Lomography website. 

Is the Sprocket Rocket good value for money?

For the range of features the camera gives you, I think the Sprocket Rocket is worth the money that Lomography ask for it. Lomography have been a huge supporter of analogue photography in the 21st century and I’m a big fan of their products.

Wellington Point sunset (lab scan, no sprockets). Sprocket Rocket with Kodak Gold 200 film.

What other cameras can I use to expose sprockets?

There are a few other 35mm cameras that allow you to natively expose the sprockets. The following three options are also made by Lomography: 

  • Spinner 360
  • Diana F+ 35mm back
  • Lubitel 166

One non-Lomography option is the early 21st century beauty from Japan, the Superheadz Blackbird, fly: a 35mm plastic TLR camera. Look out for a review of that in the coming months.  

Sprocket Rocket sample images

Here are some final Sprocket Rocket sample images:

Listen to the judging of the Matt Loves Panos 2020 plastic pano camera challenge! Matthew Joseph and I discuss images listed on this page in order as they appear below – play along at home by clicking play above, or listen on your favourite podcast app!

Congratulations to all the entrants for a wide array of fantastic images taken with plastic, focus-free cameras that shoot in panoramic format. At the end of this episode, there are some brief details of the next challenge!

Anthony Chatain

Hello, Here are my entries for the Matt Loves Panos 2020 competition! (Sorry for
my procrastination in scanning this roll of film). The pictures were taken in Paris right before the quarantine started in France (between the 8th and 15th of March). I used my magnificent “2 WAY
CAMERA” (a novelty camera from a TV programs magazine, pic included) coupled with some
expired Fuji 200 for all this blotchy and fringing goodness.
I hope you’ll like them as much as I do ;-). Best regards, Anthony Chatain www.chatain.eu
@achatainfr (on Instagram and Twitter)

Dominick Chiuchiolo

“Hey there Matt,

Here are 4 of my pictures from a roll of Fuji Superior 400 that I shot with the Ansco PIX.  I picked the camera up for a dollar at a yard sale. This was my first time using it. This was a fun project as it made me look at things differently. Thanks! I added a 5th of a cool car that I saw while getting coffee. 

Dominick Chiuchiolo”

Michael Rosenbaum

“Hi Matt, these were all shot on Kodak Tri-X 400 with a used ($.99), Ansco Pix Panorama. Film was developed/scanned by Old School Photo Lab in New Hampshire (https://oldschoolphotolab.com/), highly recommended. 

I just found a used, Epson V500 scanner so had them develop-only the last batch. I’ve previously done lots of darkroom work but no longer any equipment. I’m going to get some used, stainless tanks/reels, etc. and will eventually start doing my B&W film processing again.


Hope all is well with you and the family in our recently, dystopian present. A photo contest and podcast was just what I needed, thanks!    -Mike”

Tommy Napier

“Hi Matt
So a bit of blurb about my experience shooting this plastic ……..thing. I found it in a washing basket full of old cameras down the shed covered in many layers of sawdust and dirt. Have no idea where it came from, I certainly don’t remember purchasing it. only that I remembered seeing something with Panorama written on the front while listening to the now infamous “I nearly dropped an Xpan” podcast.

I have never shot wide but have always wanted to have a go at it. It was hard to put down the OM10 and the QL17 I usually carry around with me but I went at it alone with the anonymous plastic camera for two weeks. First mistake was to load the film before I cleaned it up hence a bit of work in post to clean all the dust of the frames. Second mistake was thinking I loaded it with Kentmere 400, clearly marked on the plastic film canister by my own hand. I shot it as if it was 400 speed, throwing caution to the wind and shooting into the shadows knowing that 400 ISO would pick up some details despite not knowing the shutter speed.

Unfortunately this one  lays squarely on my shoulders for not changing the little sticky label to 100 ISO when bulk rolling the film. Not wanting to put another roll through it I forged ahead and much to my surprise I managed to get more tham 4 keepers from the roll. A few of the shots were to dark to try and recover but in the end I am pretty happy with the results. So much that it was hard to pick four good ones to share. So here is my submission to the Pano project.I share on multiple media but I think the best place to see my work will be Instagram. tommy_napier should get you to my page. Cheers Old Mate.
Tom Napier / Instagram: @tommy_napier”

  • Ted Smout bridge, right and Houghton Highway, left. Shot from Brighton Beach, Queensland.
  • Unknown building next to River Link shopping Centre, Ipswich, Queensland.
  • Kedron Brook Wetlands off Toombul Rd roundabout, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Governor Blackall Memorial, Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland.

Matt Evans

Matt took these fabulous images in New Zealand on a WidePic Panorama /Fomapan 100 +1

Joe Baker

“I was inspired by your competition to dust off my Widepic Panorama (weigh-in photo attached) and have had these photos ready to send for about a month. The film was Kentmere 400, developed at home in Rodinal. The photos were taken in the first week of March on my walk to and from work in Norwich, England. My Twitter / Instagram handle is @evil_chutney. 

Jr Wyatt

“So when this contest was announced, I knew I had to join in on the fun.  I ended up picking up an Ansco Panorama camera for $1 on Ebay lol Anyways, recently I went to a small town nearby (Belvidere,IL) to get out and walk the streets.  This camera definitely did better than I ever expected.  I went with Fuji C200 for these photos I submitted. ”

Paul Wheeler

“Hey Matt;
Got the photos back from that crappy Rollei Disposable loaded with Rollei 400 speed color film that had expired in 2012. You’ve got photos of it.Turned out really nice once we got a few photos into the roll. The first couple were very badly influenced by age or light or both. I tried to shoot it in very well lit situations to compensate for the age.
Cheers Paul”

J.M.Golding

“I used a Vivitar PN2011 and (in one of my springtime departures from my usual black & white work) Fuji Superia X-Tra that had expired in March 2019. (I still wish I could have found the insert for my Ansco Panorama 🙂 I took all of the photos within a few miles of my home in northern California – the pink flowers (Gum rock-rose, according to the Seek app) in a city park and the other three images in an open space area.”

Gum rock rose
Ithuriel’s spear
Common fiddleneck and mustard
Buttercups

Matt Jones

“These 4 images were taken on the Ansco Pix Panorama (as recommended by Mr Matthew Joseph), and were shot on Lomo 400 colour film processed at home. Shot around my village in Thailand whilst on my push bike.  This camera fits in my shorts pocked which is quite handy.  And I never need to worry about a battery or metering :)”

Antony Hands

Antony took these images on his Wide Pic Panorama with a roll of Kodak Portra 400 in New South Wales, Australia.

Andrew Bartram

“As a long time lover of the panoramic format, be it a 6×17 back on a LF camera, a 6×12 pinhole camera or the Lomography Belair camera with the 35mm back I saw some pictures made with I think the Ansco panorama which is also branded as the Halina at least here in the UK.  “Not bad for hopefully a small investment” I thought and a load of fun to boot.

What I love about these cameras apart from an affordable way to treat the GAS affliction, is, like my Holga and Belair, the fact there are no distractions over camera settings or lens choice. It’s been said many times before but it is a real liberation to “point and shoot”.

The colour pictures were shot on the Wide Pic (the sought after red version :-)) with 30 year old York film developed in Cinestill C41 chemistry whilst the mono ones were from the Halina which is supposed to be a “better” camera but I actually prefer the Wide Pic. TriX probably didn’t help much (developed in stock Microphen).  I like the garden table shot with evening light raking across the image. all the rest were shot on walks from the house on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands.”

Andrew Spencer

“I just noticed your Panos 2020 competition last night, and it reminded me I have the exact camera for the job. I have no idea where the camera came from; I must have picked it up with an arm full of other treasures at some time. Anyway, in the eye of an approaching storm, I shot off a roll of film as I went about my jobs this morning.

I live in a little coastal town called Kaikoura, on the East Coast of the South Island, New Zealand. We’re a tourist town, and folks visit to view sperm whales, swim with dolphins and seals and to enjoy the outrageous scenery with mountains towering close to the ocean.


The camera is a Panorama CL-168, film is Ektar which I developed in a Lab-Box using Cinestill Cs41. Thanks for the cool inspiration.” Andrew Spencer Instagram @asphotonz

Ken Bertram

“Hi Matt, here are my images.  All were taken on the Ansco Pix Panorama, HP5 was the film, and taken within York Younty in Pennsylvania, USA.  IG handle is kenbertramphoto.  By the way the Ansco has far better image quality compared to the Vivitar PN2011.  Again thanks, I had a lot of fun using these cameras.”    

Nigel Middleton

“Great to see the plastic fantastics getting some exposure and here are four shots from a Halina Panorama. I’ve picked up several of these and other similar models from car boot sales over the past couple of years, I very much doubt I paid more than 50p for it!.

The camera I used has been slightly modified by flipping the lens and taping on some yellow acetate as a makeshift filter. I used the last remaining frames from a roll of Fomapan 100 (expired April 2018), developed in Ilfosol 3 .

The photos were taken in East Northamptonshire, UK: (1) In an ASDA supermarket car park. (2) Travelling back from the same supermarket (I wasn’t driving!) (3 & 4) In the beautiful village of Lowick, which is a couple of miles from where I live.”

Casey Hall

“Greetings Matt, Casey here from Tacoma, Washington. So I smoked two rolls of film for this stupid ass competition, but then again, they were all very much expired.  

Should of brought a way better camera for one of my training flights because it was a low level flight all around the Pacific Northwest and the sunset was epic, I couldn’t document it how I would’ve liked with this plastic p.o.s, but in the name of competition here’s my entries. Well, I’ll get right to it. I used the Jazz 206 27mm f7 or 8 idk. I’m @  Instagram.com/thejunkbookjournal
Love the podcast! Stay safe! Casey Hall”

Dave Mihaly

“Hi Matt, I couldn’t pass up the chance to participate in a crappy camera challenge – You’ve given me an excuse to revive my own cheap plastic camera challenge video series on YouTube.  

I dusted off my Ansco Pix Panorama and Vivitar IC 101 and let them duke it out for an upcoming video.  Spoiler Alert – the winner, at least to my eye, was the Ansco Pix Panorama, and all the pictures I have attached are from the Pix.  “ALUM CREEK” was taken, oddly enough, at Alum Creek in Delaware, Ohio, U.S.  “FLORA” was taken at the Scioto Audubon Park in Columbus, Ohio.  “SO INCLINED” is another image from Alum Creek and “SOUTHSIDE” was taken on the southside of Columbus, Ohio.  All images were taken at box speed on Ilford HP5+, processed in Ilfosol 3, water stop bath, and Ilford Rapid Fixer and scanned with my Epson V550.


Obligatory social media info:@theoldcameraguy on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Flickr
I’ve enjoyed checking out all the cool entries so far – Thanks for helping revive these plastic craptastic fake panoramic cameras. Cheers, Dave Mihaly”

François Laverdure

“Bonjour Matt! Voici ma participation au concours.

Sometimes in life you need something to get you to try new things. This is definitely the case. For years I’ve been going around local charity shops and church rummage sales looking for fun stuff. Occasionally I find a cheap camera that I clean-up only to put it in a box full of other cameras to try out. When I saw the contest, I went through the boxes looking for the few cheap panorama cameras I knew I had. It’s only at that time that I realized that I actually owned two Ultronic Panoramic cameras! So, this had to be a sign of some sorts.

I elected to use the champagne colored one. I always thought that these crop panoramic cameras were something to sneeze at. Crappy plastic, small negative area, no adjustments. But in the end I must admit that I surprisingly enjoyed using it! Since the shutter on those is said to be at around 1/200th of a second (I measured it and it was closer to 1/175th) I elected to use some Arista.EDU 400 that I pulled processed to EI 200 using some Rodinal at 1:50. I had never used Rodinal (my go-to developer is usually HC-110). In the end, I quite like the results. The grain is massive, contrast is good. I couldn’t be happier with the results considering how low-tech the camera is.

The satellite dish was taken at the Canadian Space Agency at Saint-Hubert Airport near Montreal (Canada). The dish is super useful as it is part of the ground support for the International Space Station.The black building with the reflective glass is in an industrial park in the city of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville near Montreal (Canada).The small tower with the curving path is near the Saint-Lawrence river in Longueuil. Just across the river is Montreal.And the tree that’s perfectly framed by the parking lines is just at the end of the runway at Saint-Hubert Airport near Montreal (Canada).
All pictures taken on a gloriously cheap Ultronic Panoramic using Arista.EDU 400 ISO film exposed at EI 200 and developed in Rodinal (1:50). My Flickr user name: Flaver-D
Cheers! François Laverdure”

Phil Watt

“Hi Matt!
The following shots where taken with a sh*tty plastic ‘Panoramic Wide Pic’ camera I found for $2 at the op shop. All images where taken at Lake Eildon where I’ve been living during lockdown.

The photos are shot on expired Ilford P4 Surveillance film. The neighbour up here saw me shooting an old folding camera one day and asked “Are you shooting film?” He went on to explain he worked in security installing surveillance cameras at ATM’s and that he had an old bulk roll of film leftover from when they went digital. Score! 

So I took my sh*tty camera and sh*tty film and took these shitty photos! Enjoy 🙂 Phil Watt”

Meredith Wilson

“Hi Matt, Hope you’re having a good Saturday. Here are my entries for the Pano competition.
I’m using a sh*tty Panorama Wide Pic camera that I bought on eBay for £1.99 to keep myself amused during lock down and take part in the sh*tty camera challenge on Twitter. 
The shed was shot in my garden on some expired HP5+ that I had knocking around in my stash. The Horse and Daisies were shot on similarly expired Delta 400 Pro during a walk around my neighbourhood (Pinner/Northwood Hills). Despite the general crappiness, I really love using this little camera. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for setting fun challenges.
Cheers, Meredith (My IG/Twitter handle is @merrimayhem)”

Dale Willetts

“Hi Matt, Here are my four entries for the plastic pano competition.

The two colour pics were taken on Fujifilm C200 and the two mono pics were on Kentmere 400.

Of the colour pics the first was taken on the M6 just outside Birmingham and the second was near my house while waiting for a bus.

Both mono pics were taken at my place of work on a gloomy Sunday afternoon.

The camera is one of those unbranded panorama cameras that were often used as promo material and are therefore everywhere.

I have noticed that the viewfinder doesn’t show exactly what you are going to get the image on the negative is slightly longer. Also in this camera at least the left side of the image is much softer and out of focus than the right side for that extra little something extra.

Also thanks for the zine. On first read through I rather enjoyed it and will let you have a more in depth critical assessment once I’ve given it another go through. Don’t worry I won’t be too mean to you…… probably 😉

Cheers, Dale Willetts @delusions_of_competence”

Sely Friday

“Dear Matt, 
Here are my four entries for the plastic pano camera challenge.I’ve been using one of those “Wide Pic, focus free Panorama” 118 gram camera’s. I dubbed it “Panchee” as, well, short for cheap panorama”. It got accidentally dropped a bunch of times and miraculously still works. The films used the past months was various expired cheap 400 iso colour film that I home developed using Caffenol (Delta STD recipe), which gives it the large amount of grain. Images from the Netherlands. Cheers, SF   Twitter/Instagram @selyfriday”

Jack Johnson

“Hello Matts!

All shot with a new-in-box Vivitar IC 101, Ilford HP5+, developed in HC-110 dilution D.
-Jack (@the_real_knapjack on Instagram)”

Jodi Benaroch

“Hi Matt,

Here are my entries for the Plastic Pano Camera Challenge. I used an Ultronic Panoramic that I bought at an estate sale for $2. Film was some Kodak 200 film; I don’t remember exactly. All of the photos were taken in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

I forgot about the light leak in this camera; by the end of the second roll, some of my photos looked like they were on fire!

Thanks for a fun challenge!

Jodi Benaroch”

Michael Newman

“Hello Matt, Please find attached my entries for the 2020 Matt Loves Panos Plastic Pano Camera Challenge!  All photos were taken during the month of May in the State of Maine, USA.  The 1st image is a statue of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wearing a mask.  The next two images were taken at Flanagan Farm.  The last photo is a snapshot of Portland Head Light lighthouse.  The camera used was an Ansco Pix Panorama picked up for $4.95 + shipping on a popular auction site.  The film used was Konica Minolta Centuria 400 (expired 03/2008).  Film was developed and scanned by The Darkroom photo lab in California. Thank you, Michael Newman”

Jeremy Wong

“Hi Matt, I had fun with this challenge. All shot with the same roll of Kodak Ultramax, with a Wide Pic Panoramic camera, out and about in Darwin. – Jeremy”

Adrian Doyle

Colour images: Ansco Pix Panorama / FujiFilm FujiColor Superia X-TRA 400 / Chapel Hill, NC
B&W image: Ansco Pix Panorama, ️Ilford HP5 Plus 400, Carrboro, North Carolina
https://www.instagram.com/doyleadrian/

Kenny Tuomi

“Hi Matt, here are four fantastically plastic images shot with the Jazz “Jelly” 207 Panoramic 35mm camera on Lomography 400 film.  Authentically home-developed in ECN-2 supplied by Conspiracy of Cartographers and scanned replete with dust specs.  ‘Cause why not mash together multiple variables for a photography competition…

This series of four images tells the dark tale of walking through a closed park playground, which is adjacent to a cemetery, a fittingly dark juxtaposition during these viral times.  The ECN-2 process (at least this round of developing) gave each frame a nuclear fallout, speckled look-icing on the Grimm cake.

I did not find the Jazz 207 a pleasure to use.  The tiny 118 gm chassis in my crude mitts yielded a 50% rate of “finger in the image” shots.  Certainly not much thought is required to use this camera; with its fixed focus 27mm lens, f/9.5 aperture and 1/100th shutter speed, all I had to do with the 400 speed film was wait for light within a few stops of proper exposure- or just shoot regardless.  Sort of a spray and pray camera as the field of view is forgivingly narrower than the actual exposed frame.  Focus was Lomo-soft, getting softer at the margins.  They are really sharp as contact prints; maybe I’ll try a matchbook zine.

This did not alleviate my lust for the Hasselblad Xpan but I did get to pretend I’m a Master of the Panoramic Format while shooting. Ken Tuomi.”

Paul Howell

“Hi Matt
I recently noticed your Pano Challenge on a saved Podcast.
I purchased the camera from eBay for the grand total of £8, (a gold Vivitar IC101 no less)!
The photos were all taken in Tideswell, Derbyshire, England on an overcast day.  The film used was Fomapan ISO 200.
Kind regards
Paul Howell
ps: If you know anyone who would like to purchase a small gold plastic pano camera, please let me know, (used only once)!”

Graham Young

“Matt, Here they are! I understand if I’m past the deadline. Anyway, it was a fun project even if I only got one roll out of my camera before the rewind lever sheered off and produced a light leak.”

John Yau

“When I first heard about the cheap pano challenge, I went all in. First step was to grab a cheap pano, second to work out what i was doing and third submit. Four frames presented from a roll of Kodak Gold 200 and a frame from Kodak Trix 400. Loved the challenge, loved the care free take of just using cheap tools to create. Loved this Matt, thanks mate. John. Instagram @john_yau_artifexfoto”

Here are the photos from the judges…

Matthew Joseph

Matt Murray