Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Film manufacturer Ferrania is in the process of building a new factory in northern Italy. Two years ago, the company ceased production of all photographic film due to plummeting demand. Now they have embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the resumption of operations. "We have created an ambitious new factory design that will allow us to produce enough film, at a reasonable price, to meet worldwide demand," the company says. "We have already rescued tons of equipment (quite literally) from the old Ferrania buildings - but we need more and we are out of time. The buildings will be destroyed at the end of this year." The campaign has already surpassed its target but you can still pledge to back the project and receive various rewards - rolls of 35mm, 120 format, Super 8 and 16mm motion picture film - in exchange.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Lomography has introduced a limited-edition Tungsten film. Available in 135 (35mm) format, the Lomography Cine400 Tungsten film is an ISO400/27° Tungsten-balanced colour negative film made from authentic cine material. "If you loved the Lomography Cine200 Tungsten Film, you’ll love this even more – the high ISO means it’s suitable for various lighting conditions," the company says. "This emulsion yields excellent grain, smooth gradation, remarkable shadow details and natural skin tone." There are only 4000 rolls available, and the price is £9.90 per 36-exposure roll.
Website: Lomography Online Shop
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Fujifilm UK is to close its Leeds-based E6 slide processing facility next month. This ceasing of E6 processing operations was planned a year in advance to enable customers who have remaining rolls of Fujichrome Sensia process-paid film sufficient time to get them developed. Fujifilm's pre-paid processing vouchers are only valid up to the closing date of 1st November 2014. Note, however, that Leeds-based professional laboratory CC Imaging will carry on developing transparency films as normal, just not under the 'Fujifilm Processing Laboratory' brand.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Impossible has just released a new instant film for Polaroid SX-70 type cameras. The B&W SX-70 Hard Color is the latest in a series of Impossible Special and Limited Edition instant films that offer not just alternatives to the classic, white, square frame made famous by Polaroid – Impossible has created films with black, silver, gold, multiple colors, and tropical and animal skin prints – but also different coloured film emulsions, including sepia, cyan and magenta.The Polaroid SX-70 format is now 42 years old but according to Creed O’Hanlon, the Berlin-based CEO of Impossible CEO, it still relevant and exciting: “Analogue black and white film photography is being rediscovered by a younger generation who are captivated by the magical physicality – and authenticity – of a monochrome picture that develops within a few minutes in the palm of your hand.”
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Leica M Edition 60 camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica M Edition 60 camera.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Leica M-A (Typ 127) camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica M-A (Typ 127) camera.
The Leica M-A (Typ 127) is a new purely mechanical rangefinder camera. The Leica M-A (Typ 127) stands for a return to photography in its most original form. Without reliance on a monitor, exposure metering or batteries, photographers can explore entirely new creative horizons. Because, with a camera reduced to only essential camera functions, users of the M-A can now concentrate entirely on the essential parameters of subject composition – namely focal length, aperture and shutter speed – and on capturing the decisive moment. The Leica M-A (Typ 127) will cost £3100.00 and be available from Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store Burlington and authorised Leica dealers starting October 2014.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Hasselblad has announced the upcoming launch of a new medium format camera body. The Hasselblad H5X, which boasts latest capture functionality comes after the spring launch of the world's first 50MP CMOS Sensor H5D-50c camera and the summer launch of the new H5D-50c MS, H5D-200c MS and the CFV-50c CMOS digital back. The H5X, which will retail at €4,595 without viewfinder (or €5,795 with viewfinder), provides the same extensive functionality as the H1 and H2 cameras but with a number of new functions including full HC and HCD lens compatibility, eight memory banks, True Focus mechanism, high-power AF illumination, superior viewfinder options including the HVD 90x viewfinder optimised for 36x48 mm format and HV 90x-II viewfinder optimised for the film and 40.2×53.7 mm format. the camera works with film and digital backs. Hasselblad will showcase the new H5X at photokina 2014.
Fuji today announced an expansion of its Instax line of instant film cameras with the redesigned Fujifilm Instax Wide 300, which uses large format instant film. Sporting a contemporary and professional design for better image composition and easier handling, the Instax Wide 300 features an optical viewfinder, a 95mmm f/14 lens, AE control with exposure compensation, a lens ring dial with a two-range focus zone setting, an integrated flash, a tripod socket and a close-up lens adapter for macro shooting as close as 15.5”from the subject. The Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 uses Instax Wide instant film that is double the size of Instax Mini film. It is ideally suited for fashion photography, group shots at parties and events, landscape scenes, as well as many practical business applications, the company says. The Instax Wide 300 will be available in spring 2015 for USD $129.99 \ CAD $129.99.
Monday, September 8, 2014
The Lomo LC-A 120 is a new medium-format "toy" camera designed for Lomography enthusiasts. Using standard 120 format film, the LC-A 120 boasts an ultra-wide Minigon XL 38mm f/4.5 multi-coated lens featuring 5 optical elements in 4 groups, and shoots 6x6 type square-format images. The minimum focusing distance is 0.6m, and the lens can also be set to 1m, 2.5m and infinity. Other features include multiple exposures, and long exposures with slow sync flash, cable release & tripod thread plus hot shoe for attaching a flash. Dubbed "the most compact, magical & fully automatic 120 film camera ever," the Lomo LC-A 120 is now available to pre-order for £339.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Supersense is a new "analogue concept store" in Vienna, Austria, which will offer exclusive analogue products including the world’s first analogue instant pinhole camera, Impossible film, refurbished cameras, and a new range of Impossible cameras and Instant Lab products. The unique shop is the brainchild of Impossible founder, Florian Kaps, shortly after he retired from the company. “After spending an extended period with my family, I began revisiting the contacts and stores that I had come across during my time at Impossible,” Florian says. “It has always been a dream of mine to create a base, a single resource, for all analogue lovers and offer them a hands-on experience of what a truly broad and inclusive analogue culture can be." Supersense is located at Praterstraße 70, 1020 Vienna.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Kodak Alaris have announced the discontinuation of the Kodak Professional BW400CN chromogenic film. The BW400CN was a greyscale film that could be developed using the C-41 process, just like colour print films, which made it a convenient black-and-white option for photographers with no access to a traditional darkroom. Kodak Alaris "emphatize" with those who "use and love this film," and blame the decision on "a steady decline in sales and customer usage."
Monday, August 11, 2014
The Konstruktor, a do-it-yourself 35mm film camera from Lomography, is now available with a PC sync terminal. "For flash photography, all you need to do is add the Konstruktor Flash Accessory Kit which includes a Hot-Shoe Adaptor for use with any hot shoe flash, PC to Fritz the Blitz Flash Adaptor Cable and a DIY Flash bracket plus a flash to your new hand crafted camera," the company says. The Lomography Konstruktor F camera is available for £33.00, with the Konstruktor F flash accesory kit costing £16.90.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Lomography have just launched the LC-A+ Instant Kit. Featuring an exposure area of 42mm x 64mm, the Lomo LC-A+ Instant Camera takes Fuji Mini Instax instant film and comes with a 35mm back attachment, allowing you to switch back to 35mm film whenever you choose. The Lomo LC-A+ Instant Kit is available from the website below, priced at £279 / €299 / $299.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Lomographic Society has released a limited-stock, ISO200/24° Tungsten balanced film. The Lomography Cine200 Tungsten is a colour negative film that was originally developed for motion picture production. "The great news is that we have now figured out a procedure for treating Tungsten Motion Picture Film so that it can be used in 35mm film cameras," Lomography says. " It can be processed normally in C-41 chemicals, just like standard colour negative film." There are only 4000 rolls available, so hurry up if you'd like to give it a try!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Impossible has launched a black-and-white instant film in which each pack of eight images are framed in eight different vivid colours. Designed to be used in any Polaroid 600 type camera, B&W 600 Hard Color is the latest in a series of Impossible Special and Limited Edition films that offer not just alternatives to a white frame – black, silver, gold, various colours, and even animal skins – but also different coloured film emulsions, including cyan, magenta and sepia. B&W 600 Hard Color matches frames in rich variants of red, yellow, blue, orange, purple and green with warm, high contrast black and white images. The new Impossible Special Edition B&W 600 Hard Color for Polaroid 600 cameras are now available for pre-order.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Bonhams is to sell the Leica camera with which Russian photographer Yevgeni Khaldei took Raising a Flag over the Reichstag, one of the most famous photographs of World War II. Khaldei’s image was taken on 2 May 1945 shortly after the Reichstag had finally fallen. It is a restaging of the moment when Red Army fighters had first flown the flag over the building two days earlier before the Germans fought back and dislodged them. The camera that was used to take this photographt is being offered at Bonhams Leica Centenary Sale in Hong Kong on 30 November and is estimated at £230,000-340,000. Bonhams Head of scientific instruments Jon Baddeley said, “It is a great privilege to be selling a camera with such evocative associations. Raising a Flag over the Reichstag is a defining image of victory over evil which affected people deeply at the time and has continued to resonate for later generations.”
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The Kickstarter project designed to help fund the commercialisation of the Lomo'Instant camera stormed past its original $100,000 goal in the first 24 hours and is now well on its way to the 1 million mark. So far, four more color flash gels and a camera strap for each instant camera backer have been added as stretch goals. And now Lomography has announced that if the project reaches $1,000,000, there will also be a Lomo’Instant Close-Up Lens given for free to all camera backers. The macro converter, which allows a 10-15cm closest focusing distance, can be attached to the Lomo’Instant Camera’s built-in wide-angle lens. Interested readers are encouraged to check out the website below for more information.
Friday, June 13, 2014
This month, the Lomographic Society is celebrating the Lomo LC-A’s 30th birthday. The company is offering everyone a chance to star in their LC-A stop-motion lomo advert; which will air non-stop in their shopwindows telling all the world what Lomography is. Aside from this, there is a chance to win a limited special edition LC-A and carrying case. The celebration is taking place today at 5-9 Newburgh St W1F 7RE. On 28th June, the company will be offering 10 lucky participants the chance to borrow the LC-A+ camera for free all day. "It just so happens to be the annual London Pride parade will be held on this day and what better subjects to shoot than the loud and vibrant characters on the parade course," the company says. Advance booking is essential. Ring 02074341466 to book a spot.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
The Impossible Project has released a new Special Edition Color SX-70 Skins instant film for Polaroid SX-70 cameras. The film features frames patterned with zebra, rattlesnake, tiger, crocodile, fish, giraffe, leopard and iguana skins, resulting in a picture that is instantly recognisable. “Impossible has always been a favorite of the fashion crowd,” says Alex Holbrook, Impossible’s Berlin-based Marketing Communications Manager. “Skins underscores Impossible’s position as the instant film brand of choice among industry creatives, as well as a perception that our films offer something indefinably ‘more’ among those fashion-forward customers.” The new Impossible Special Edition Color SX-70 Skins film is available to pre-order from 9th June through the Impossible Online Shop and from 19th June in selected retail stockists.