I’ve always loved the concept of instant film like Polaroids or Fuji Instax, but never it’s really interested me enough to buy into it. But then I discovered the NONS SL42, which might finally win me over. It’s an M42 mount SLR that uses Fuji Instax Mini instant film to let you create instant prints with real lenses. It’s currently funding through Kickstarter, and it’s an intriguing looking bit of kit.
The renewed interest in film lately is fantastic for those who have an affinity for film. It means that the films and products we love will continue to live a while longer. Well, as long as they’re not made by Fuji. It’s resurrected old film, brought a few new ones, as well as the occasional product mixing the old tech with the new.
Now, though, the first newly designed 35mm fully manual SLR in 25 years is coming. It’s called Reflex, it’s completely modular, and supports 5 different lens mounts. It’s being funded through Kickstarter, and it’s almost hit its goal already after only one day.
Ilford Photo have been popping out some new videos lately. Amongst them is this cool little animation that shows, in simple terms, how a 35mm film SLR works. The 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera was a revolutionary development for photography. It was the ultimate compromise of quality and portability. But most importantly, it allowed the photographer to see through the lens of the camera and know exactly how the image would be captured on film.
Up until this point, most small portable cameras had separate viewfinders. They gave you a rough idea, and sometimes they were close, but never perfect. These days, much of the world has shifted entirely to digital. Although many still shoot film alongside digital. While the recording medium may have changed, the principle still remains the same.
Destruction is always entertaining, but sometimes it’s useful, too. It can show us how things work on the inside. Cutting cameras and lenses in half is commonplace for manufacturers. You see them at all the shows in glass display cases. Cameras cut in half so the curious public can see exactly what is contained within these magic boxes.
The Waterjet Channel make a habit of cutting things in half. Using a 60,000psi water jet, they’ve sliced everything from padlocks to pumpkins. This time, they’ve taken a Canon Elan 7e 35mm SLR along with 28-90mm f/4-5.6 USM lens and subjected it to their powerful water jet. I really don’t know what’s cooler or geekier; The insides of the camera, or the amazing power of simple water.
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We’ve all seen photos from the early days of photography, and we all know how far imaging technology has come over the years, but how did we go from long-exposure self-portraits to instant selfies?
Using one model and a whole lot of Photoshop, Leo recreated eleven essential milestones in photographic history.
From a complicated, time-consuming and expensive process to the simple press of a button, photography has come a very long way since the first cameras came along in the early 1800’s.
The vast majority of this fascinating evolution can be seen in this video where Chris Marquardt went on a private tour of Kodak’s technology vault.
Think you’ve got an impressive camera collection? Wait until you see this 8,500-strong collection of almost every significant camera invented in the last 200 years.