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.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary, Polaroid has a brand new camera that will thrill all of you who are feeling nostalgic. They launched OneStep 2 instant film camera, inspired by the original OneStep camera from 1977. As they point out, the Polaroid OneStep 2 is “an analog instant camera for the modern era.”
OneStep 2 is an i-Type camera so Polaroid (or Impossible Project, to be exact), also launched a new type of film. It’s named i-Type and aimed to be used with this camera, and you can get it in color or black and white.
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.
Despite doing everything possible to kill off analogue photography, Fuji have done wonders for instant film. The trend has seen a resurgence in recent years, becoming extremely popular. This has not gone unnoticed, especially by Leica.
Leica have now announced that they’re producing their own instant film camera, the SOFORT (German for “instant”). IT is being released with both colour and “warm shade of cream” monochrome film packs. It’s an interesting move for Leica, I think. It’s certainly very different from their other offerings. Leica say that the SOFORT differs from other instant cameras in a several key aspects.
Fujifilm have today announced a new monochrome instant film for its Instax mini cameras. According to the press release, “The “instax mini film Monochrome” responds to the increasingly sophisticated demands of users, enabling them to expand the artistic potential of their photographic expression and adding a further dimension of fun to using instax cameras and films.”
Well, I don’t know about expanding the artistic potential of their photographic expression, but it sure sounds like fun. As with the colour packs, Instax mini film monochrome will be available in packs of 10. No mention of price, but the colour film works out to about $0.60 a shot if you buy a twin pack. So, one would expect the monochrome packs to cost about the same or a little less.