Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Yesterday, less than a month after halting shipments of its OpticFilm 120 multi-format film scanner, Plustek USA issued a statement saying it has resumed shipping of the device. "Recently we discovered a component used in the manufacture of the OpticFilm 120 does not meet our quality standards," the company said in a statement issued back in April. Now Plustek are saying that they "will control scanner production to maintain a high level of product quality and customer satisfaction. Each scanner is assembled and tested by skilled technician[s] to ensure the image quality exceeds that of any non-drum film scanner in production or use today."
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Kodak has announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with the UK Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), its largest creditor, providing for the spin-off of Kodak’s Personalised Imaging and Document Imaging businesses to KPP for $650 million. The Personalised Imaging business includes still camera film products, photographic papers, retail print solutions and souvenir photo products sold at theme parks and other venues. The Document Imaging business provides a portfolio of scanners, capture software and services to enterprise customers. At present it is unclear what KPP intends to do with these businesses.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Hasselblad has announced the discontinuance of the Hasselblad 503CW, the last V system camera in its portfolio. The decision, which comes into immediate effect, brings to an end over a half century of evolution of the company’s original camera line. Hasselblad has confirmed that the last 503CW has rolled off the production line but the company will continue to provide V System accessories while stocks last. V System support will also still be available through "current channels."
Friday, April 12, 2013
Lomography has launched a new 35mm film back for its medium-format Belair X 6-12 camera. With this adapter, users of the Belair X 6-12 camera can make impressive panoramic shots on regular 35mm film. The extensive exposure area of 104x33mm enables them to capture images with a rather extreme aspect ratio of 3.15:1. Available in the Lomography Online Shop, the 35mm back fpr the Belair X 6-12 camera retails for £55.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Fujfilm North America will increase prices for consumer and professional photographic film as well as one-time-use cameras by approximately 20%, effective 1 July 2013. “The price increases are a result of the continuing decline in demand for film products, the high costs of production, and the increased expenses associated with raw materials, including silver and petro-chemicals, and energy,” the company said in a statement. “Under such circumstances, and despite efforts to maintain production costs, Fujifilm is unable to absorb these costs entirely and must implement price increases at this time.”
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Yesterday we reported that a set of “never-before-seen” colour photographs portraying inmates in the Dachau concentration camp had surfaced on the Vintage Everyday blog; with the remark that the original source of the photographs was not specified. Since then, we’ve managed to trace back the images to the copyright owner, which happens to be the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The photos were apparently taken by Alexander Zabin, an “American soldier from Malverne, Long Island, New York, serving with the 4th Auxiliary Surgical Group in the US Third Army when he visited Dachau in mid-May 1945.”
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Vintage Everyday website has published a set of never-before-seen colour photographs showing inmates in a Nazi concentration camp. The Daily Mail, which also carried the photos, has talked to an unnamed expert who said the shots would most probably have been taken in the Dachau camp sometime after its liberation on 29 April 1945 by US Army forces. With the exception of one photograph depicting dead bodies in a railway carriage, the rare colour images feature exhausted but fairly relaxed-looking men of various nationalities, among them Russians and Poles. In some of the pictures one can also see French and Yugoslav flags being flown, underpinning the assumption that they were taken after the camp had been liberated. (The prisoners weren’t able to leave immediately after the arrival of the Americans as the war was still raging, and many of them didn’t have the means to return home on their own.) The original source of the images has not been revealed.
Update: PhotographyBLOG has managed to trace back the images to the original source.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The recently launched Plustek OpticFilm 120 multi-format film scanner will be on display at the Focus on Imaging trade show held in Birmingham from 3rd - 6th March. Capable of scanning both 35mm and 120 format negatives and slides, the Plustek OpticFilm 120 boasts a custom-designed 8-element glass lens and a high-resolution CCD sensor; and comes complete with adjustable-pitch film holders that feature unique sliding inter-frame dividers to ensure optimal film flatness. The scanner’s hardware resolution - based on the specification of its stepper motor and the number of pixels on its CCD - is 10,600dpi, with the optical resolution (which also takes into account the resolving power of the optical system) specified at 5,300dpi. Other highlights include automated IT8 calibration and a motorised film transport for batch scanning.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Lomographic Society has announced its plans to participate in Analogue Month this year with a series of events and special offers. Analogue Month begins on 11th March and lasts until 12th April. Programmes include camera workshops in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, Q&A sessions with the LomoLab staff on Twitter/Facebook, live acoustic gigs in Lomography’s East Shop gallery, online competitions, and more. Click through / read on for the details.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Lomography has launched a special edition of its Belair X 6-12 medium format camera. Like the classic edition the new Lomography Belair X 6-12 Trailblazer enables users to take pictures in 3 different formats: regular 6x9 photos, 6x6 squares or 6x12 panoramas on 120 film. It also takes interchangeable lenses including the bundled 58mm and 90mm optics that are made of an unnamed material, possibly plastic, as well as the new 90mm and 114mm “special multi-coated Russian glass lenses” that are currently available to pre-order only. Other highlights include an aperture-priority auto-exposure system, a flash hot-shoe and a standard 1/4” tripod socket. The Lomography Belair X 6-12 Trailblazer kit is available for £289.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Available in 120 and 135 formats, Lomography’s new 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. The first film rolls will be available in July at a price of £8.90 (35mm) or £9.90 (medium format).
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Lomography has launched a new transparency film in 110 format. The the first “pocket” format colour reversal film to hit the market in years, the Lomography Peacock 110 X-Pro can be used in vintage 110 format cameras as well as Lomography’s new Fisheye Baby and Diana Baby 110 models. Suitable for both standard E-6 processing as well as cross-processing, the Lomography Peacock 110 X-Pro film is available in the Lomography Online Shop for €7.90.
Monday, January 14, 2013
The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner offers a convenient option to digitise your 35mm film shots using your smartphone. Small and portable, the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner comprises a light source, a simple manual film advance mechanism, a rectangular tube and an adjustable smartphone holder. Users can digitise their transparencies or negatives simply by turning on the back-light, positioning the film and taking a photo with their phone. Though obviously limited by the capabilities of the camera module built into your phone, the Lomograph Smartphone Film Scanner provides an easy and efficient way to “scan” and share your analogue pictures. The Lomoscanner app, available for Android and iOS, will allow users to convert negative scans into positives, stitch together scans into seamless panoramas and animate 35mm analogue movies shot using the Lomography LomoKino camera. The device is currently exclusively available on Kickstarter with expected delivery in March.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Initially focussed on the allure of the Russian LC-A camera, the Lomographic Society was founded twenty years ago. The society has come up with various ways to celebrate their anniversary, including the launch of a 1000-piece limited 20th Anniversary Edition LC-A+ camera and the release of two new booksone showcasing every Lomographic camera they have ever invented or revamped; the other featuring exclusive, never-before-seen content from the depths of their archives. The two volumes can be purchased as one package for €39 through the Lomography Online Shop. Click through / read on to find out more.
Monday, November 26, 2012
On 23rd November, an 82-year-old Leica Luxus 1 camera was auctioned at a Bonhams sale in Hong Kong, fetching £603,837 (HK$7,460,000) - a world record for this particular rare Leica model. Jon Baddley, Head of Collectables at Bonhams, said after the auction: “This was the first Leica sale in Hong Kong and the results more than justify our belief in the idea of bringing these wonderful cameras to China which has a rapidly emerging market for vintage cameras. We took a bit of a gamble but it has paid off handsomely.” The Hong Kong sale included over 250 lots of Leica cameras and accessories from two major private collections.
Friday, November 23, 2012
The Lomographic Society is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new Lomo LC-A+ special edition. Limited to 1000 units, the Lomo LC-A+ 20th Anniversary Edition is wrapped in a fine blue crocodile-pattern stamped leather featuring the society’s 20th Anniversary metallic emblem. The camera is available now for €349 from the Lomography Online Shop.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Lomography Gallery Store Manchester has partnered with Leicester LoFi to deliver a black-and-white film processing workshop. Taking place in-store this Saturday, 10th November, the workshop will teach participants about using the Diana F+ camera, allowing them to shoot an entire roll of film and develop it once they’re done with the shooting part. The Lomography Gallery Store Manchester is located at 20 Oldham Street, Manchester, Lancashire, M1 1JN. Tickets are £20.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Lomography has launched a new 6x12 film camera. The Belair X 6-12 enables users to take pictures in 3 different formats: regular 6x9 photos, 6x6 squares or 6x12 panoramas. This versatile camera has an interchangeable lens system, allowing you to attach either a 90mm standard lens or a 58mm wide-angle lens; features an aperture-priority auto-exposure system; and comes complete with a flash hot-shoe. Three versions of the Belair X 6-12, including the Special Belair X 6-12 Globetrotter Edition in snakeskin effect leather are now available for preorder at 30% off launch price. Each one includes a 90mm lens and a 58mm Wide-angle Lens. Prices start at £199.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Yesterday at Photokina 2012 Impossible introduced a new instant colour film for Polaroid 600 and SX 70 cameras. In 2010 Impossible film was reinvented from scratch as the components of classic Polaroid film were no longer available. One of the main challenges in the development process was the design of a new opacification agent - a component that makes the photo insensitive to light after it has ejected from the camera. Impossible production manager André Bosman explains: “Until now, the opacification characteristic of previous Impossible films and their light sensitivity forced users to shield images from light immediately after ejection. Improvement in this regard became one of the major ongoing quests through the last two years.“ Now, with the new PX 70 and PX 680 Color Protection film Impossible takes a huge step in terms of ease of handling and image quality. An innovative color protection formula improves the opacification process, finally allowing for easy shooting without the need for immediate shielding of the photos. Available for Polaroid 600 and SX 70 camera models, the new Color Protection Films are available for 20 EUR / 23.49 USD / 17 GBP on the website below.
Fotoman Professional Cameras have re-announced the Fotoman 624 Panoramic Camera featuring a Schneider 90 mm / 5.6 XL Super Angulon lens. The camera produces a large 5.6 cm x 22.4 cm image allowing for 3 shots on a 120 roll. For focusing, users can choose between the Fotoman Helical Focusing Mount and an optional ground glass focusing screen. Weighing in at 1.86kg, the Fotoman 624 Panoramic Camera comes with a 120° viewfinder. The price has not been revealed.