Category: Film

Friday, April 4, 2014

Reflecta Super 8 Scanner

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Scanners
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Kenro has just launched the Reflecta Super 8 Scanner, which allows users to digitise their Super 8 films in HD or Full HD quality. The device scans a 15m roll of Super 8 (5.78 x 4.01mm) cine film in just over 2 hours and 45 minutes when connected directly to a PC. Key feature highlights include a CMOS sensor, automatic film transport, LED light source, 24-bit colour depth and AVI output. The new Reflecta Super 8 Scanner is now available in specialist shops at an SRP of £1,710 including VAT

Friday, March 28, 2014

LomoChrome Purple Coming to USA and Asia

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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American and Asian customers will be able to purchase the exotic LomoChrome Purple film starting next Wednesday. Available in 120 and 135 formats, Lomography’s LomoChrome Purple 400 is a speciality film that transforms “every green element of your photo into radiant purples.” Although inspired by Kodak’s discontinued Aerochrome emulsion - an infrared-sensitive, false-colour reversal film -, the LomoChrome Purple 400 is actually a C-41 process negative film with a sensitivity rating of ISO400/27°, allowing it to be used in virtually any weather conditions with no need for filtration at the capture phase. European customers can already buy the film in the online shop.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Rare Hasselblad 500 EL DATA Fetches €682,000 at Auction

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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A Hasselblad 500 'EL DATA CAMERA HEDC' - a modified Hasselblad EL designed for NASA's Apollo missions - was sold for €682,000 at a WestLicht auction. "Jim Irwin took exactly 299 pictures with this Hasselblad 500 'EL DATA CAMERA HEDC' during his 3 days stay on the lunar surface and 96 more on the way to the moon and back again," Westlicht says. The camera, which was sold together with a 200-exposure silver film magazine and a special NASA Biogon 3.5/60mm lens featuring control tabs designed for use with space gloves, was reportedly purchased by Terukazu Fujisawa, founder of Japanese retail chain Yodobashi Camera.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Obscura by Ilford - Smaller Pack Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Following the launch of its Obscura by Ilford Pinhole Photography Kit, which includes a pinhole camera, starter packs of black and white film and paper, as well as a simple Exposure Calculator and Instruction Book; Ilford has now made the camera available to buy as a single item without the film and paper included. The camera is precision cut and formed from expanded PVC, and is made of two interlocking sections. The photographic medium is loaded into the bottom section in darkroom conditions, and then held in place by sliding in the top section, which locks into place by use of magnets. The top section of the camera also holds the stainless steel chemically etched 0.3mm pinhole in place. Designed for 4x5 inch film or paper, the camera is 87mm focal length giving wide-angle images. The smaller pack still contains the Exposure Calculator, an empty film box to store exposed materials, Instruction Book, and a set of stickers. The new item is available now in the UK, with US availability slated for March.

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Instant Films for Polaroid SX-70

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Impossible has announced the release of three new special edition colour films for the legendary Polaroid SX-70 Land instant camera. Each of the three new Special Edition SX-70 films (Color SX-70 Gold Frame, Color SX-70 Silver Frame and Color SX-70) boast the latest colour protection formula from Impossible, offering improved colour saturation and a high level of detail and sharpness. The films are now available through the Impossible Online Shop.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Leica Celebrates 100 Years of Leitz/Leica Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, General
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One hundred years ago, Oskar Barnack created the very first Leica, the Leitz Camera, later known as the Ur-Leica. An employee of the Leitz Werke Wetzlar and a photography pioneer, Barnack invented and constructed the first stills camera to shoot 24×36mm frames on 35mm in 1914. Company archives dating from March 1914 show that Barnack originally gave his compact and highly portable prototype camera the name ‘Lilliput’. The original is still in the possession of Leica Camera AG, together with the negatives and prints of the first exposures captured with the Ur-Leica – which include pictures from a 1914 summer trip Ernst Leitz to the United States. While the Ur-Leica itself never went into mass production due to the outbreak of the Great War, the concept revolutionised photography, with the manufacturing of the first "actual" Leica beginning in 1925.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Lomography Belair X 6-12 Instant Camera Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has launched an instant attachment for the Belair X 6-12 medium-format film camera. Designed for use with Fuji Instax Wide Film, the instant back comes in at £79, or it can be purchased with a Belair camera in discounted bundles. Of course, if want to shoot chromes or negatives, you can always replace the Instant Back on the Belair Instant Camera Kit with the regular 120 film back. Click through / read on for more details.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Ilford Photo Announces New Photographic Papers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Film
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UK-based Ilford Photo has announced a new range of variable-contrast Baryta Fibre Base papers, a completely new and improved Multigrade FB and a new Cooltone FB paper to complement the existing Multigrade FB Warmtone offering. The new paper is available in Glossy and Matt surfaces and offers sharper images, improved maximum density and shorter exposure times. The new Multigrade FB Classic has also been developed to better respond to traditional toning techniques.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fuji Retires FP-3000B Instant Film

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fujifilm has announced the discontinuation of its black and white instant film, FP-3000B. While the company admits that they have recently witnessed a "dramatic rise" in the popoularity of "many instant film products," the demand for this particular film has declined. Fujifilm says that it "will continue to market the colour instant film, FP-100C plus the full range of Instax cameras and associated films."

Friday, November 29, 2013

New Accessories for the Lomography Konstruktor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomographic Society has introduced a range of accessories for the Lomography Konstruktor, its DIY film SLR. The £12.90/$14.90 Konstruktor Magnifying Chimney Hood provides a magnified viewfinder image for more precise focusing, and allows dioptre correction. The £16.90/$19.90 Konstruktor Close-Up & Macro Lens Kit expands the capabilities of the Konstruktor DIY Camera and allows users to discover the world of macro photography. The kit includes a close-up lens with a close-focus point of 15cm and a macro lens with a minimum focus distance of 5cm. Both accessory lenses are made of plastic. Meanwhile Lomography has also announced a non-working, transparent Collector's Edition of the Konstruktor, which allows anyone to see what's inside a basic 35mm film SLR.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Harman TiTAN Pinhole Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomography Online Shop now carries the Harman TiTAN Pinhole Camera, which takes pinhole photos on 4x5" sheet film. Made of lightweight yet heavy-duty ABS plastic, this large format camera features two2 tripod mounts, built-in spirit levels, and accessory mount. Priced at €240, the Harman TiTAN Pinhole Camera comes bundled with an interchangeable 72mm wide-angle cone. Separate cones of 110 and 150mm are also available. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lomography Konstruktor Transparent Collector’s Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has unveiled a transparent collector's edition of its do-it-yourself film camera - the Konstruktor. Like the regular version, the transparent collector's edition  takes about 1-2 hours to build, but unlike its cousin, it cannot take pictures. "It looks absolutely fantastic on any coffee table or bookshelf, and will act as a perfect conversation starter and centre piece for your upcoming holiday parties," the company promises. The Lomography Konstruktor Transparent Collector's Edition is available as a standalone product for €59, or as part of a special gift bundle that also includes a fully functioning, garden variety Konstruktor.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Kodak Alaris and Lomography Make a Combined Commitment to Film

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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In an open letter addressed to the Lomography community, Dennis Olbrich, president of Personalised Imaging at Kodak Alaris) has stated that Kodak will ‘continue to offer the full portfolio of photographic films and papers. "Whether you prefer shooting on the award-winning KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA films or an all time classic like the KODAK PROFESSIONAL TRI-X or you look 
forward to print your images on the unmatched KODAK PROFESSIONAL ENDURA Metallic paper – Kodak Alaris will continue to offer all you need," Olbrich says. The Lomographic Society responded: "As partners in the mission to keep a great selection of film available for analogue photographers, we at Lomography are thrilled by this news."

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Polaroid Pic-300

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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C&A Licensing, the authorised Polaroid licensee for camera accessories, mountable sports video cameras and the instant digital camera line, is bringing back the Polaroid Pic-300 instant film camera. The Polaroid Pic-300 includes auto flash and four scene settings, and comes equipped with a detachable wrist strap. The camera is available on Amazon and Target for $69.99.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fujifilm Processing Lab Plans for Closure

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fujifilm UK is to close its E6 processing lab facility in November 2014. This ceasing of operations has been planned in advance to enable customers who have remaining rolls of Fujichrome Sensia process-paid film sufficient time to get them processed. Fujifilm's pre-paid processing vouchers will continue to be available, but must also be used before the closing date of 1st November 2014.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Diana F+ Instant Camera Package

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has released a Diana F+ instant camera package that includes an instant film back as well as a medium-format roll film back. Other items in the kit include a close-up attachment lens and a Diana+ Flash. The camera body is the same as the classic Diana F+, with standard lens, "daytime" and "bulb" shutter modes, multiple exposure and pinhole functions. The Diana F+ Instant Camera Package is available for £119/€129.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The new Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic is a high-end instant film camera. "The mini 90 stands apart from the previous 'cute' image that instax had built up in the past and features a variety of shooting modes for various scenes and applications for users to enjoy," Fujifilm says. These shooting modes include a double-exposure mode, a bulb setting and a macro mode which allows short-distance photography at the press of a button without attaching a closeup lens like previous instax models. Encased in a stylish and premium body, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic also has a "kids" mode, a "party" mode and a "landscape" mode. The Fuji Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic is available for £129.99 for the camera only and £139.99 for the camera + 20 sheets of film. In the United States, the camera will go on sale early next year, priced at $199.99.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

CEWE Launches New Photo Legacy Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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CEWE Color has just launched its new Photo Legacy service. This service offers digitisation of analogue media including negatives, slides, prints, VHS tapes and cine film. Photo Restore is an additional service available across prints, slides and negatives which improves the quality of the print through a digital image filter, enhancing colour and contrast. To take advantage of the new services, consumers can take their old prints, negatives, slides or footage into selected Boots (those with a Photo department) and Jessops stores across the UK. For a list of participating stores and for more information, visit the website below.

Friday, August 23, 2013

La Sardina Wally Watcher Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has released a special, limited edition version of its ‘La Sardina’ camera to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Where’s Wally? (known in the United States and Canada as Where's Waldo?). Shaped like a humble sardine can, the La Sardina Wally Watcher 35mm film camera offers a 22mm wide-angle lens, double exposures and long time exposures. Also equipped with a Wally embossed lens cap, the La Sardina Wally Watcher edition is priced at £65.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fujifilm Unveils 2013 Student Awards Winner

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Film
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Fujifilm has announced the winner of its 2013 Student Awards. The theme for this year's Award was 'The Colour Of....' with students being briefed to capture an image that illustrates how colour lights up their world. The awards were open to all students in the UK. The winner is Nick Linnett of Leicester College, who will be presented with £200 worth of Fujifilm films, a trophy, plus a professional quality portfolio by Metroprint. Nick's image, a double-exposure shot of traffic lights against a bright building (above), impressed judges with its technical ability and striking colours. Explaining the inspiration behind his image, Nick said: "It’s a building many consider to be an eyesore, however I wanted to show it in a different way so decided to take some multiple exposures using my trusty Canon... I chose Fujifilm Superia 200 as I wanted something flexible for the variety of different shots I was planning and I found Superia 200 gives great results in just about every situation."