Category: Film

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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lomography LomoWall at Museum of London

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Film
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Lomography UK has erected a massive LomoWall at the Museum of London. Comprising nearly 30,000 analogue photographs of Paralympic athletes in training for the London 2012 Games, the LomoWall spans the Museum of London’s foyer and rotunda. “The LomoWall is likely to be the largest collection of analogue photographs and contributing is a fun way to get into the spirit if the London 2012 Games,” says Linda Scott, Marketing Manager at Lomography UK. The unique exhibition, which is free to attend, opens to the public tomorrow and runs until 6 January 2012.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lomography Color Tiger 110

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has just launched its first 110 format colour negative film. Featuring a sensitivity of ISO 200/24°, the Lomography Color Tiger 110 is suitable for all 110 format film cameras including Lomography’s own Fisheye Baby 110. Note that unlike the black-and-white Orca 100 the Color Tiger has a backing paper and a frame counter so you can see at any time at which frame you are. This makes it convenient to use with 110 cameras that don´t stop automatically at every frame. The Lomography Color Tiger 110 is available from the Lomography Online Store for €6.90.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lomography Introduces La Sardina ‘The Guvnor’ Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomographic Society has announced a new special edition of its La Sardina film camera.  Dressed in blue, red and white the ‘Guvnor’ Edition features a London “city map” on the outside of its body and comes complete with Fritz the Blitz, a flash gun in a matching blue colour. Otherwise its specifications are identical to that of the standard La Sardina model, including a 22mm lens with an angle of view of 88 degrees and a fixed aperfure of f8, an independent MX switch for multiple exposures,  and two shutter speed settings, 1/100 second and Bulb. Lomography’s La Sardina ‘Guvnor’ Edition is available for £99.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Lomography Fisheye Baby 110

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Hot on the heels of the announcement of the Lomography Orca BW 100 110 film, the Lomographic Society has unveiled a new 110 format film camera, the Lomography Fisheye Baby 110. Available in two versions, the Fisheye Baby 110 Basic (€35) and the Fisheye Baby 110 Metal (€49), the new camera takes circular fisheye shots on 110 format film. The main difference between the two versions is that the Fisheye Baby 110 Metal comes with a PC flash adapter, whereas the Basic version lacks this feature.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

LomoWall Manchester

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Film
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Lomography Manchester has been invited by CityCo – Manchester’s city centre management company – to erect a LomoWall to celebrate the start of the 2012 Canal Festival. A LomoWall is an actual physical wall covered in thousands of snap shot-sized analogue photographs. “Close up, visitors will be able to enjoy each photo individually, but when viewed from afar the LomoWall resembles a fascinating mosaic artwork in its own right,” the organisers say. The wall will inhabit a 30 meter by 3 meter space and will be made up of over 14’000 individual photographs. Submission will be accepted until 3 June 2012. For more details, visit the website below.