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.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The Lomo'Instant is a funky little instant film camera featuring a built-in wide-angle lens and fisheye and portrait lens attachments. Available in four distinct styles, the Lomo'Instant works with the widely available Fujifilm Instax Mini film and offers three modes of operation; flash on auto, flash on manual and flash off manual, as well as multiple exposures, B setting for infinite long exposures, four colour flash gels in red, blue, purple and yellow and easy 2 step-focusing. The Lomo'Instant project is funded through Kickstarter.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Leica M Edition 100 is a special kit comprising a purely mechanical rangefinder camera for film photography – the Leica M-A, which is based on the currently available Leica MP – and a digital Leica M Monochrom, alongside three Leica Summilux-M lenses with focal lengths of 28, 35 and 50mm. Of these, the Leica Summilux-M 1,4/28 mm ASPH. is a completely new lens, designed specifically for the Leica M Edition 100 bundle. These cameras and lenses will be available exclusively as sets from Leica Stores and Boutiques and strictly limited to 101 sets.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Three design students at Royal College of Art, London, have teamed up for a fun project about creating photography filters out of... sugar. "The Lomo Filter Kreator Kit is reintroducing the art of using photographic filters and gives the user full creative control," says project manager Morten Grønning Nielsen. "Having three silicon trays, one for flat filters, one for gradients and one for vignettes, the user can create filters in unlimited colours and compositions. The process is outrageously simple, using a special sugar called Isomalt, and sugarcolours, the filters can be created in a household microwave or oven. If they scratch they can be remolded into a new filter or even consumed. Making one filter takes about 2 minutes to create and 10 minutes to cool down. Using our kit, you could make around 50 filters for $10 worth of isomalt." To learn more, visit the project's home page on Behance.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Ilford Photo has decided to re-introduce its Ilfobrom Galerie FB Matt Double Weight Baryta Fibre Base photographic paper. This product has been brought back into the range due to customer demand from users of this flagship range of Graded Silver Gelatin Baryta papers who have long requested a matt alternative. Available in Grade 2 only, the Ilfobrom Galerie FB Matt paper comes in sizes ranging from 17.8cm x 24cm all the way to 50.8cm x 61.0cm. Shipping starts in June 2014.
Friday, April 4, 2014
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
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
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.