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.
When it comes to the unlikely and improbable, few overcome it better than The Impossible Project. It seems hard to imagine that we’d be seeing the launch of a new film camera in 2016, but that’s exactly what’s happened.
Of course, the new I-1 camera does contain some very handy and modern features, not found in the other instant alternatives, such as a built in “advanced ring flash”, autofocus, and BlueTooth connectivity for full manual control from your mobile device.
Some things just diehard and instant film is proving to be one of them. Much to the delight of Polaroid enthusiasts everywhere, The Impossible Project began production of their own instant film to replace Polaroid’s when they ceased production on the cult classic in 2008. Impossible has gone on to do pretty incredible things. Not only did they breathe new life into a product Polaroid had given up on, but they managed to ignite an interest so widespread, they’re expanding their business model to include the manufacturing of cameras in addition to the film. [Read More…]
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.
If you are a medium format photographer you could not have missed the dwindling supply chain of Polaroid 4X5 sheets. They are almost impossible to get nowadays. You can get some on eBay for an ounce of flesh or mortgaging your house, but the sad truth is that they are no longer manufactured and existing stocks will not last forever.
Instructable user julsdylan has been trying to create a home brew for for his 4×5 camera inspired by the New55 Film project. (new55 aims at creating a 4×5 instant film). The results are surprisingly good.[Read More…]