In the era of digital photography, and with AI-generated images running amok, it’s nice to see that some companies and photographers don’t give up film photography. Lomography has just released LomoChrome Color ’92 ISO 400, a unique color negative emulsion to give your photos that sweet, sweet retro vibe.
A few years ago I had a great darkroom setup in my basement that I converted from a (mostly) unused bathroom. It had a wet side and a dry side, built-in exhaust, and plenty of space.
That came to an end when I sold that house and moved into an old Victorian-style home where bathrooms are a sparse thing and any plumbing in the home was an afterthought.
Not long after relocating, I started to ponder how I could possibly create a darkroom space at the new house. Of course, I had grandiose dreams of a new build that was even better than my previous space.
A couple of years ago I have been occasionally shooting 35mm films with point&shoot still cameras while also having the desire to shoot motion picture films. Upon reviewing my options, the best way would be to do it with Super8 film, but after financial considerations, I concluded that it would be very costly in the long run since shooting just one standard 50 ft cartridge wouldn’t be enough for me. Purchasing, developing, and digitalizing costs for just one would be over €100! And not to mention the long turnaround time of a few weeks! There had to be a better solution to the problem.
After researching, since I had some experience with 3D designing and printing, electronic design, and coding, I came up with the idea to build my own analog motion picture film camera. I’ve decided that my camera would utilize the standard 35mm film cartridges since these are cheaper and are widely available in much larger quantities and type varieties (B&W, Color, Reversal, UV, IR, special kinds …) and can be bulk loaded.
There are a lot of crazy ideas out there when it comes to experimental photography. Multiple exposures. Film Soups. Shooting your rolls backward. But have you ever heard of anybody loading two rolls of film into a camera at the same time? Me neither, and that’s exactly why I’m going to do it!
The idea in a nutshell is to figure out a way to get a color roll and a black and white roll of 35mm film loaded into my Nikon F3 so that each press of the shutter exposes both films at the same time. After they were developed I could possibly stack or layer the developed negatives for a cool effect. Hopefully.
There are several ways to scan your film, be it a lab, a dedicated scanner, or a cheap DIY approach. Each has pros and cons, and VALOI easy35 wants to take the best from all worlds.
This gadget makes 35mm film scanning a piece of cake. It’s small and portable, yet it has everything you need for film scanning. You can simply attach it to your DSLR’s lens and shoot away, and VALOI promises not only ease of use, but also high-quality scans.
If you firmly believe that film’s not dead, here’s some good news. Fujifilm has launched a new color negative 35mm film. It’s a versatile 400 ISO film for everyday shooting and likely a replacement for the Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400.
Fujifilm announced that they are no longer accepting orders for a variety of film stocks in Japan. The announcement includes color negative 35mm film and reversal film in both 35mm and 120 formats. The reason given is due to a short supply of raw materials needed for manufacturing.
In total, nine different types of film are affected, and it’s likely that stocks in Japan will begin to get low as production ceases. However, the films should still be available from overseas supplies, at least while stocks last.
Lomography has just released a reloadable point-and-shoot camera that uses 35mm film. No, this isn’t 1983, don’t worry, we haven’t invented the time machine… yet. But Lomo wants to take older ones among us on a trip down memory lane, and reintroduce film photography to the youngsters. And at the price of $22, it’s cheaper than a roll of film!
Now Jason has done it again. Using his film camera and a telescope, he shot what seems to be the Holy Grail of astrophotography lately: the ISS transitioning the moon. What’s more, it’s probably the first ISS transit captured on 35mm, ever!
Just last week, those based in the US and South America witnessed a total lunar eclipse, the last one until 2025. Many photographers took the opportunity for some great shots, and Jason De Freitas took it to the next level. He shot the entire eclipse on 35mm film. And then – he developed it and turned the photos into an epic timelapse.