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.
There’s not much information to go along with this timelapse from the LA Times. If there’s more information on the LA Times website, I can’t see it, because apparently, they haven’t figured out how to add a disclaimer and an “I Accept” button for EU residents yet. But I couldn’t stop watching this video once I hit play.
Polaroid has today announced two new products. There’s the Polaroid Mint 2-in-1 instant digital camera & printer and the Polaroid Mint instant digital pocket printer. The Mint 2-in-1 is a digital camera aimed at selfie shooters. It even features an “integrated selfie mirror”. The Mint pocket printer is for use with your smartphone or tablet.
We live in such a strange world. As major camera manufacturers abandon their analog cameras, young companies such as MiNT build new ones. Today, they just released new details regarding the InstantKon RF70 instant camera. It features a classic design with full manual control, and you can pre-order it now for $849.
Building an instant camera that prints images on thermal paper isn’t exactly a new concept. Just a couple of years, ago, we even encountered a Gameboy pocket camera from 1998 that uses the same principle. But hacking a Polaroid camera so it could use receipt paper instead of film? That’s definitely something we haven’t seen before, and Tim Alex Jones shows you exactly how he did it in this Youtube video.
No matter what other instant film formats may follow, Polaroid is the original and arguably the best. When Polaroid announced the end of production in 2008, many feared that it would be gone forever. But Polaroid’s last working factory was bought my a small group of enthusiasts, amongst them, retired scientist Stephen Herchen, now CTO of Polaroid Originals (formerly, Impossible Project).
Herchen had previously collaborated with the inventor of Polaroid, Edwin Land. Today he’s still trying to unravel the mystery of the lost secret chemical formula. Instant Dreams is a documentary illustrating the magic of Polaroids and what it means to the people who shoot them, by filmmaker Willem Baptist.
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 first started watching this short film, I thought it was a promotional piece. After all, Polaroid just announced its new OneStep 2 camera a couple of months ago. It was released a couple of weeks ago, so, thinking it might be a Halloween advert to get the word out is a logical assumption to make.
But no, this is the creation of filmmaker Joey Greene and a wonderfully talented, but small, crew of people. It starts off with what appears to be a guy moving into a new place, unpacking his boxes. When he pulls out a Polaroid OneStep, he opens it up and it goes off in his hand. Out pops a picture. So, he decides to have a play with it.
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.