After 33 years, Polaroid Spectra film is about to be discontinued. Polaroid Originals has just announced that it will no longer produce it, and if you want to stock up, the final batch is now on sale. After the last batch is sold out, you will no longer be able to buy Spectra film, neither color nor black and white.
Back in 2016, Fujifilm announced the discontinuation of FP-100C peel-apart instant film. It made many film photographers sad, but SuperSense is on a mission to bring the peel-apart film back to life. They launched a Kickstarter project to fund ONE INSTANT, the “next generation” Type 100 peel-apart instant film. And Mathieu Stern got to test it out. He teamed up with Chris Holmquist of SuperSense to demonstrate what it’s like to shoot with the new version of the familiar peel-apart film.
While the Kodak name doesn’t have the same impact it once did, Kodak is still out there and they’ve kicked off CES 2019 with several new gear announcements. There are two new models of Kodak Smile instant camera. There’s the Kodak Smile Classic and the regular Kodak Smile.
There’s a Kodak Smile Instant Digital Printer, too, compatible with iOS and Android devices and can be sent photos via Bluetooth for printing from your Smartphone. And, finally, Kodak is also expanding their Luma range with three new Luma 75, Luma 150 and Luma 350 projectors.
When Fujifilm announced they were discontinuing FP-100C peel-apart instant film, a lot of people were understandably a little saddened by the news. It ended with a claim of reduced sales, forcing the termination of production. But while it may not be Fujifilm that’s doing it, peel-apart instant film is coming back, thanks to ONE INSTANT.
Only 48 hours after launch, Holga’s new Holga Printer Kickstarter has been fully funded. Now it sits just shy of 4x its original HK$150,000 (~US$19K) goal at HK$561,342 (~US$72K). Holga has held a special place in many photographers hearts since the 80s, and they’ve even dabbled in digital. Now they’re hoping to help bring smartphone photographers into the fold with a new analogue/digital hybrid printer that lets you print your smartphone photos onto Fuji Instax film.
We got used to hearing about Fujifilm announcing new cameras and other photo gear. But recently, the company launched Film Simulation instant noodles. Yup, you read that right – noodles. Fujifilm is using them as promotional material in Korea, and although it’s unusual, it looks like a successful marketing move.
We’ve heard a lot over the last few years about digital film and backs for 35mm cameras. But one thing I haven’t really seen mentioned is “instant film” backs. You know, for things like Polaroid or Fuji Instax. Well, the folks at NINM Lab have had it in the forefront of their minds. They’ve developed a back that fits a number of 35mm SLR and rangefinder cameras. And it’s compatible with Fuji Instax Instant Film.
At last year’s Photokina, Fujifilm announced their new Instant Square Film. Earlier this year, the hardware to go along with it started to come. First the Instax SQ10 hybrid instant camera, followed by the Instax Share SP-3 printer. Now, according to a report by World Intellectual Property Review, Fujifilm has filed a complaint against Polaroid over a dispute on square format instant prints.
The report says that Fujifilm have asked for declaratory judgement in US district court to clear the company of any wrongdoing after being accused of trademark infringement by PLR IP (brand licensor and marketer of IP rights for Polaroid instant cameras). The trademark in question is the white border around Fujifilm’s Instax Square images.
When I was a kid, I dreamed of having that “magical camera that makes photos immediately.” Of course, I’m talking about an instant camera. Nowadays, it seems they are being resurrected. You can buy all kinds of these, or even make them yourself. Photographer and vlogger Josh Katz shares his thoughts on why every photographer should experiment with instant cameras. Even if you otherwise shoot digital, you can learn something new and apply the knowledge to your digital photography. And here’s how instant cameras helped Josh improve his work.