It began as a speculation, but now it’s official: Fujifilm has released the first square format hybrid instant camera. Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 combines the best of both worlds, analog and digital. It provides you with the control and composition of a digital camera, with a tangible photo print of an instant camera.
Lomography has introduced a new instant camera with wide angle lens named Lomo’Instant Automat Glass Magellan. Aside from a multi-coated 38mm lens, the first of its kind, it also features aperture that’s pretty large for an instant camera. It goes up to f/4.5, which makes the lens ideal for action shots and shooting in low light conditions. According to Lomography, “the Lomo’Instant Automat Glass has everything you need to capture the world in crystal-clear, razor-sharp definition.”
A new interesting project has been launched on Kickstarter, and vintage camera fans might like it. Meet Jollylook: a simple folding instant camera made entirely from recycled paper and cardboard. When you fold it, it takes no more room than a smartphone box. It’s a mechanical camera with no electronic components whatsoever. Just cardboard, paper, a pair of lenses and a plastic cartridge for instant mini photos. It’s more environmentally friendly than the packaging of a regular camera, as it uses less material and it’s all recyclable or recycled. And it gives you instant results using Instax mini film.
This year’s CES has brought us some interesting news. Polaroid is one of the brands that launched a new product at CES 2017. After Snap and Snap Touch, they bring another instant camera that combines analog and digital technique. Only this one produces 3 x 4“ prints, unlike the previous two models which produce smaller, 2 x 3“ prints.
Are you feeling a little bored with your instant photography? Looking for new things to try? Well, here comes the Cooperative of Photography with a few suggestions to spice things up a little.
Some of the techniques suggested in the video are common with digital photography, but not so much with analogue. Over the past couple of decades, we’ve seen a lot on the film to digital transition. How shooting on film has influenced digital, and so on. So, it’s interesting to see digital influencing analogue photography. I know for sure that shooting digital has pushed my film work.
The Raspberry Pi is amazing. Instant cameras are also amazing. So, it makes sense that somebody would eventually combine them, creating a Raspberry Pi powered instant camera, which is exactly what Adafruit have done.
Ok, so you’re not going to be getting lab quality prints from this, and the Impossible Project might be more your style these days, but this is still a fun and interesting little project.
With retro becoming cool again, we are seeing more and more instant cameras coming into the market. The InstantFlex TL70 would have been just another camera in that pile except for the fact that it is a Twin Lens Reflex camera.
The camera is beautifully designed to look like a Rolleiflex, and it uses the same diffusion screen mechanism to frame and focus your shots.
I’m a firm believer that gear is not as important as vision, creativity, talent or perseverance.
That being said, some gear cannot be replaced by any amount of those qualities.
I can’t tell you were to buy creativity or vision, but I can show you some could-be products that might save your outdoors shoot or make your post-processing tasks just a bit more bearable.
Here are 10 photography-related Kickstarter campaigns you should check out.