Kodak recently made film photographers happy by announcing the Kodak Professional Gold 200 in 120mm format. And if you’ve ever wondered how they make it, Destin Sandlin of SmarterEveryDay will make you even happier. He recently visited the Kodak plant in Rochester, New York, and in his latest video, he’s taking you on a tour around the factory.
Film shooters rejoice, Kodak has some good news for you. Kodak Moments (the division of Kodak Alaris) has resurrected Kodak Professional Gold 200 in 120mm. If you’re looking into upgrading to medium format, this will be a great place to start. But also, it’s great if you’re looking to cut back on the film cost as it will be a more affordable option than other 120mm color film rolls from Kodak.
Film’s popularity has been on the rise for a few years now, gaining more and more ground each day. And as Destin Sandlin at Smarter Every Day points out at the beginning of this video, it’s not just us photo geeks that are getting back into it, either. I wouldn’t say it’s becoming “mainstream” again, but it’s regular normal everyday people who are experimenting with film again now.
The 56-minute video is the first of a three-part series in which Dustin takes us on a tour of the Kodak Factory in Rochester, New York where they still have production lines making new rolls of film to keep the growing market happy. Kodak isn’t the only manufacturer of film that’s still around today, but they’re one of the oldest and most legendary.
Kodak has announced Kodak Reelz, their new film digitiser. It allows you to capture 8mm and Super 8 film straight to 1080p high definition video with the push of a button. It accepts 3″, 5″ and 7″ rolls of film onto a universal reel and on-screen directions allow you to capture it in 1080p resolution using the mp4 codec straight to an SD card up to 128GB in capacity.
No computer or software is needed, as everything is done internally in Reelz itself. It has a large 5″ display on the front for navigation and to let you watch movies while they’re being captured as well as play your previous recordings back to you. Interestingly, despite only capturing 1080p footage, they say it offers frame-by-frame digitizing with an 8.08-megapixel sensor, suggesting that it might offer some 4K abilities in a future firmware update.
The holiday season is rapidly approaching and it will soon be time to start that desperate search for gifts. For those of you with millennials in your life, you might want to check out this little handheld bundle of nostalgia. The Kodak Memory is a tiny greyscale printer made to look like an old 35mm film roll. In fact, the photos come out of it in such a way that they emulate the look of the film exiting the roll. Cute!
Rumours of a collaboration between Oppo and Kodak on a smart phone have been batted around for a while now. It’s not exactly a new concept, with many phone manufacturers teaming up with big camera names: Huawei and Leica, OnePlus and Hasselblad, Vivo and Zeiss to name but a few. Now it looks as though Oppo and Kodak have finally joined the camera-phone club, but is it exactly a new product or is it a rehash of an existing one?
An Instagram post from Kodak recently infuriated Chinese people. In fact, it caused so much backlash that Kodak deleted the post and issued a public apology. The company shared a photo by French documentary photographer Patrick Wack, showing the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. They linked the photographer’s account which mentions the mass detentions of the Uyghur people in the area, which caused a fierce backlash.
If there’s one debate that never seems to end when it comes to cameras, it’s “colour science”. Of course, these days, if you’re shooting raw and own a ColorChecker Passport, the debate is kind of irrelevant. But back in the film days, where your look was pretty much set depending on the stock you used, it was a big deal!
When Kodak released its Portra line of films in 1998, they sent out a promotional video to photographers and studios. That video has now been (mostly) made public, thanks to photographer Jamie Maldonado, who posted big chunks of it to YouTube. It’s about as 90s as it gets and even includes one or two people that some of you might find familiar.
Finding and buying a century-old camera sure is exciting. And when that camera has a roll of film inside… Well, it makes the excitement much greater! Mychal Watts recently found a 1923 Kodak 2 Folding Autographic Brownie camera. He was happy to buy this piece of photographic history, but even happier to discover film inside. He even managed to develop it after all this time and save two photos that were on it. Mychal shares his story with DIYP, as well as the photos that he managed to save after they spent almost 100 years on an undeveloped film.
It’s impossible to talk about the history of photography without mentioning Kodak. In its 140 years long history, the company has had many ups and downs. But it remains one of the most iconic names in the industry that has changed and revolutionized photography. This fantastic video from Studio C-41 takes you behind the scenes of making Kodak film. In this factory tour, you’ll see the three phases in making Kodak film, but also learn a bit about its history.