It was always going to be an experiment.
I read an article in a magazine while on holiday about the Lomo camera the Sprocket Rocket Panorama. Like you do I looked for one on Amazon. I found one for roughly £30’s so I clicked on buy.
The camera is very basic only two shutter speeds 1/100th and B only two focus ranges 0.6 -1 metre and 1meter – ∞ and, only two aperture settings cloudy and sunny.
To make this experiment even more complicated (Which at the outset wasn’t the plan) I choose the film I had with me Ilford XP2 that is a C41 black and white film.
Anyway film exposed and removed from the camera (No mean feat you need king Kong thumbs). I went to what was my local lab. They told me they outsource all their film development now and that I would have to pay for a complete set of pictures and a CD and not just negatives as I used to charge over £20!!. Needless to say I said no. I’d have had to pay regardless even if I got no usable shots.
So Part two of the experiment began .
I remember reading that you can get fair results with Caffenol.
“Wait a minute isn’t that a colour film??”
So I thought what the heck and mixed me a batch of Caffenol to this recipe
8 g washing soda
5g Vitamin C
0,7g Potassium Bromide
20g Instant coffee (Real gut rot)
Inversion for the first minute then 3 inversions every 2 ,4 ,8, 16, 32 etc up to 1 hour (May have been a little too long)
Stop with water 1 minute
Fixed with T-max fixer for 6mins
Washed for 10 mins.
The negatives look weired but there were pictures. I scanned directly onto the glass plate of my Epson V700
Here are three . and one of the original scans. click to see them larger warts and all :0)
Not bad for an unknown camera with a colour chemistry film developed in what amounts to Instant coffee and washing powder. :0)
9 thoughts on “Sprocket Rocket-Caffenol-Ilford XP2 experiment”
Actually pretty good. A shame about the cost of development. Fortunately I can still get cheap processing here.
I’m thinking about buying the lomo konstruktor, just for the fun of building my own camera.
I hear you. Don’t forget to blog the results :0)
I went to look at the loom cameras but the salesman talked me out of it. I bought a recon’d olympus trip 35 instead. 🙂
They’ve come out really well. Sorry to hear about the outsourced bit. Have you tried AG Photographic (mail order). I use them all the time.
Thanks I buy my Rollei film there. However I live in Norway .that complicates things a bit.
Very nice results here. I spent all last winter developing with Caffenol it’s really quite fun. It will do okay with C-41 type film, but in all honesty it is a fantastic developer for treu black and white film. If you get a chance, try it you wont be sorry.
I’ve been using caffenol on and off for a couple of years. This was the 1st c41 film I’d tried.
Must try…the results are pretty cool, congrats
Thanks, it was fun.