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Hack an Old Camera for Full Frame Sprocket Hole-style Pics

If you’re looking for a weekend project that dabbles in vintage camera and film tricks, this tutorial shows you how to hack an old and cheap medium format camera to fully expose 35mm film.

It’s a unique effect that allows you to turn expose the entire piece of 35 mm film, to the sprocket holes and beyond. If you’ve never heard of this style of photography before, be sure to check out the 35mm Spocket Hole pool on Flickr to see the neat effects people are creating with it. If the pool catches your interest hit up the link below to learn how to create your own sprocket hole images.

35mm Sprocket Hole Panoramic Photos [Instructables via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/25/11

Comments (3)

  1. Marc W.

    I’m sorry to bust your digital-geeks… but Holgas aren’t old. They are actually pretty new. Now go grab your iPhone and go use Instamatic, or whatever it’s called.

  2. Jason Fitzpatrick

    Pretty new compared to plate cameras perhaps, they were introduced 30 years ago.

  3. Marc W.

    Wow, I didn’t realize they were introduced in 1981…. but what I meant was that Holgas are still sold new. Only a few medium format cameras are still sold new, this is the only one under ~$1000 for the kit.

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