Category: Film

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Plustek to Showcase OpticFilm 120 at Focus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Focus On Imaging, Scanners
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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

Lomography Announces Analogue Month

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Film
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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 Belair X 6-12 Trailblazer Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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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

LomoChrome Purple 400

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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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 Peacock 110 X-Pro Film

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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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

Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Scanners
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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

Lomography Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Film
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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

Leica Luxus 1 Goes Under Hammer, Sets New Record

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, General
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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

Lomo LC-A+ Limited 20th Anniversary Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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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 B&W Processing Workshop

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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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 Belair X 6-12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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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

Impossible PX 70 and PX 680 Color Protection Instant Films

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Photokina 2012
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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 624 Panoramic Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Photokina 2012
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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.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Diana Baby 110

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomographic Society has unveiled the Diana Baby 110, the second member of the Lomography 110 Camera Family. With this tiny 110 format film camera you can choose between two lens options; shoot wide-angle square shots with the 12mm lens or switch to the 24mm lens for standard square photos. The PC flash adapter allows Lomographers to use any hot-shoe flash including the Colorsplash Flash or Diana F+ Flash. The Diana Baby 110 is available in two kits - choose between the standard Diana Baby 110 with 24mm Lens (£39) or the all-in-one Diana Baby 110 + Lens Package (£49), which includes both the 12mm and the 24mm lenses. Both bundles can be ordered through the website below.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Kodak to Sell its Personalised Imaging & Document Imaging Businesses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Global
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Kodak has announced its plans to sell off its Personalised Imaging and Document Imaging businesses. 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. In future, Kodak intends to focus on its commercial, packaging and functional printing solutions and enterprise services, while retaining its Consumer Inkjet, Entertainment Imaging, Commercial Film and Specialty Chemicals businesses. Discussions continue on the company’s digital imaging patent portfolio, which may be sold or retained

Friday, July 27, 2012

Students Swallow Film in Controversial Photography Experiment

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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For their end-of-year project, graphic design and photography students Luke Evans and Josh Lake swallowed pieces of 35mm film for ‘development’ in their stomachs and intestines. The two first year students were responding to a brief they had been set by their lecturers at Kingston University. “The title was ‘Outdoor’. What we decided to do was take things that are normally hidden inside our bodies and display them outside,” Luke explained. “The film was not exposed to light during the experiment, but it has created images nonetheless,” Exposed only to internal fluids, the celluloid revealed its journey with a series of marks, scratches and bumps that, under an electron microscope, created a number of dramatic shapes. “A lot of people think that because no light was used it’s not photography. Technically that’s true, but we feel it doesn’t make it any less intriguing and doesn’t devalue the work at all,” Josh said.

World’s First Permanent LomoWall Unveiled in Manchester

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Billed as the “World’s first permanent LomoWall,” the Lomographic Society’s LomoWall Manchester was unveiled yesterday on Tariff Street. Now open to the public, the LomoWall Manchester is a 30m x 3m long artwork containing 14,000 individual “lomographs.” Alexandra King, Piccadilly Partnership Director said: “This is a new landmark on the Northern Quarter landscape, here in the heart of the Piccadilly Basin.  The LomoWall adds to the street art scene in this part of the city centre and will become a visitor attraction in its own right. We are very proud to host it and to have the world’s first permanent LomoWall is a real honour. It’s a welcome addition to the urban landscape.”

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fisheye Baby 110 Bauhaus edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has just unveiled the Fisheye Baby 110 Bauhaus Edition. Like the regular Fisheye Baby 110, the Bauhaus Edition takes circular fisheye shots on 110 format film. “Red, yellow and blue – three simple colors which fit the Bauhaus Color Theory, decorate the very first tiny Fisheye Baby 110 color clone,” the company says. “These colors will boost any mood in seconds and will attract attention no matter where it is.” The Lomography Fisheye Baby 110 Bauhaus Edition is available now through the Lomography Online Shop for €45.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fujifilm Announces Discontinuations

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fujifilm has announced the discontinuance of a number of its films. The affected products include Fujichrome Velvia 100F in 35mm, 120 and 4”x5” formats and Velvia 50 in 4”x5” and 8”x10”. Gabriel Da Costa, product manager for professional film, said: “Fujifilm will continue to manufacture a wide range of film and the increasing support for our Choose Film group illustrates there is still a passion for film photography across the world.”

Thursday, July 19, 2012

La Sardina DIY Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomographic Society has announced the La Sardina DIY Edition. “The La Sardina DIY is a canvas to be filled,” says Heidi Mace, Digital Marketing and Online Manager, Lomography UK & Ireland. “Its interchangeable panels and special ink permeable material provide endless design possibilities. Writing, drawing, painting, or gluing something – it’s just so easy to set creativity free on this analogue icon.” As seen in the photo above, the La Sardina DIY Edition (£99) comes with Fritz the Blitz, a flashgun designed specifically for this analogue camera.