Rumor has it that Leica is about to announce yet another 35mm film camera next month. And yes, we’re living in 2022, you didn’t accidentally walk into a time machine. If you still enjoy shooting film, then you’ll be happy to know that the upcoming model should be far more affordable than the $20k limited edition M-A “Titan” introduced earlier this year.
It always makes me smile to see a new camera from Jollylook. We’ve featured a couple of their other cameras in the past including the original Jollylook in 2017 as well as the smarter Jollylook Auto in 2020. Now, the Ukrainian company has relocated to Slovakia and is announcing their newest camera, the Jollylook Pinhole – a DIY pinhole camera kit you can build yourself that also takes Fuji Instax film.
Jollylook founder, Evgeniy Ivanic says about the project that “the Jollylook Pinhole DIY kit brings back the pleasure of the process of building a camera and taking a photograph”. As with past Jollylook cameras, the Jollylook Pinhole comes with a vintage-inspired design but incorporates modern Fuji Instax film for as instant an analogue process as you can get.
If you’re into film photography and you like to experiment, Alfie Cameras has a real treat for you. The company is calling for beta testers for TYCH, its new half-frame 35mm film camera that wants to reinvent film photography.
While the concept of half-frame cameras certainly isn’t new, TYCH does offer some unique, creative features such as multiple built-in lenses. And ahead of the Kickstarter launch in September, Alfie Cameras wants you to help with the testing.
Leica has announced a new, limited edition version of its M-A camera. The Leica M-A “Titan” is the existing M-A dressed in new clothes, and like other Leica’s limited edition pieces – it’s pretty expensive. It will set you back nearly $20k, but there’s something different about it compared to the more recent limited-edition models.
Unlike the more recent limited-edition cameras from Leica, there’s something different about this one – it’s a film camera. Yup, Leica has re-introduced a film camera in 2022 and priced it at nearly $20k.
I’ve seen some pretty weird cameras during my days here at DIYP. Creative folks made them out of most random things: from a pineapple or a mannequin, all the way to giant ones made out of old vehicles, and even buildings.
Just when I think I’ve seen all the unusual camera ideas, creative people surprise me with more awesome DIY projects. One of those people is a lady who goes under the nickname amuu. She made a 35mm film camera out of concrete and shared the instructions so you can make your own. It’s surprisingly good for something so rudimental, and it will give you some concrete results.
Smelling a camera that you’re about to buy is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, when you’re buying a film camera, you’re most likely buying it used. In this video, Jon Legge of Skills Circle explains why it’s important to smell it – along with 13 more great tips that will help you buy a used film camera in the best possible condition.
You can find all sorts of treasures at garage sales and thrift stores. A 16-year-old boy Tyler B. went to a local church sale and stroke a deal that would make all film photographers green with envy. He bought a 7,000 kit consisting of a 1960s Leica M4 and a couple of lenses – for only $15.
If you have a bunch of old analog cameras that you want to use, you may be interested in this Raspberry PI project from befinitiv. According to befinitiv, the module is capable of mimicking a modern digital camera, so you’ll have “everything that you expect from a digital camera nowadays [it] can do video, it can do a stream-video over wi-fi and store things on an SD card.” Obviously, I got drawn in, and I was quite impressed.
For some strange reason, this video from Taylor Nowel popped up on my suggested feed yesterday, although it was actually posted to YouTube about 18 months ago. It documents the weirdness that is the Fujifilm Rensha Cardia BYU-N 16. What makes it weird is that it has sixteen lenses. Yes, sixteen. Count ’em. Each with their own individual shutters.
It shoots to 35mm film and contains two separate shutter buttons. When it was released in 1995, it seems to have been marketed to golfers, allowing them to shoot a rapid succession of images when they tee off in order to be able to analyze their swing after the fact. Today, it’s basically an animated gif-making machine (although you will need to scan the film).
Polaroid has added a new, tiny camera to its line-up along with a new type of film that fits it. The new Polaroid Go is so small that both the camera and the prints it makes fit on the palm of your hand. In fact, it’s the smallest instant film camera in the world. But let’s see if it has anything big to offer.