The world of prime lens users can be divided into two categories: fans of the 35mm focal length, and fans of the 50mm focal length. Some prefer the slightly wider angle-of-view of the 35mm, while others prefer the more restricted view of a 50mm. Now, when buying into a camera system, you might want to make sure that there is a lens available corresponding to your preferred focal length.
Pentax, for example, used to have a selection of both 35mm and 50mm lenses back in the days of film, but that changed with the digital age when 35mm lenses suddenly became equivalent to 50mm in terms of angle-of-view, due to the smaller format of the APS-C sensor. In the current DA lineup of lenses designed specifically for digital SLRs, you’ll find several lenses corresponding to the classic 50mm, but none that will satisfy the needs of a 35mm shooter.
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Instagram has been at cruising altitude since its acquisition by Facebook nearly two years ago. With the same 16 filters and more than 150 million users, the photo sharing service is steadily approaching a plateau, if not already there. Instagram doesn’t see much in the way of updates, and it was a year ago that Willow was added to the roster. In a recent interview, Kevin Morton, one of the lead designers at Instagram, revealed that the company is developing its filters into film stock.
“We realized that of the billions and billions of photos uploaded, most of them don’t need the filters,” Morton told us over the phone. “What good is bacon in Hefe, really? And all of those selfies- God, I hate that word. Go find some college junior studying photography and eating ramen in his dorm, and give him $20 for a portrait. Tell him you’d give him more, but you need to buy more ramen.”
Morton spearheaded the effort to hire some of the best in the film business in order to facilitate the filter-to-film transition. Kodak was the first company Morton called, and upon offering a living wage, he had eight new employees, all veterans in the film business. With the designs behind the filters readily available, the film division set to making film stock in those styles.
“We know we’ve caused a divide in the photographic world. An iPhone, something interesting, and X-Pro II does not make you a photographer,” said Morton. “You can the same effects, but now you have to learn how to use a goddamn camera since we’re striking the filters from the app.”
Instagram will remain intact, but will no longer offer any filters, which will make #nofilter moot. Morton urges users to focus on making compelling images without having to rely on pseudo film grain.
“Besides,” said Morton, “We’ve got nothing on VSCOcam anyway.”
Finding a proper scanner is always a bit of a hassle, particularly when you’ve unearthed a trove of negatives in some back corner of the attic. Constantly bringing negatives to your local photo place can get costly, and that’s just the jpegs. TIFF files – the real bread and butter of scanned negatives – are both gigantic and expensive. Your best bet would be to invest in a scanner to offset the costs of digitizing those negatives. And here, we have the Epson V550, an affordable flatbed scanner that does a swell of job of giving your negatives, 35mm slides and printed photographs digital life.
Medium format panoramic cameras are a pretty unique species, as there are only a couple of manufacturers who have made or are currently making such devices. The Lomography Belair X 6-12 is one such camera, and the fact that it comes with auto-exposure makes it even more unique. Shortly after the Belair was originally announced, Lomography came up with a peculiar add-on for the camera: a 35mm back. With it, the Belair X 6-12 can expose 135 format panoramic images with an approximate 4.3:1 aspect ratio. Here’s our review of it.
Pinhole cameras are one of the cheapest and simplest ways of getting started with shooting film. While they can be as simple as a makeshift Altoids tin, some photographers want something that can take a whole roll of film and/or even be a real camera. Original Pin is a new custom, durable, flat-pack pinhole camera that’s currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. It’s a beautiful wooden camera package that simplifies photography into a single ray of light to capture that perfect exposure.
While the camera looks nice in the picture, some assembly is required. The Original Pin arrives to customers in a flat-pack kit of laser cut parts including: the set of camera body parts, faceplate, shutter, lens housing, and lens kit. It’s a build just like making a model airplane except you take pictures with it. So expect to do some glue work and a little bit of sanding.
Building the camera also allows users to customize the look of their camera as well as understand the internal mechanics. The Original Pin takes standard 35mm that attaches to a film advance, while pulling the wooden slide on the front reveals the pinhole.
As of this writing, the Original Pin is just shy of reaching half of its $10,000 goal. If you’re interested in picking up one for yourself, a pledge of $55 will net you a complete, fully functional Original Pin camera kit. Check past the break for more images of the camera and photos taken with the Original Pin.
Earlier this year, Indie Film Lab, a lab dedicated to film shooters, decided to take a road trip. It was from Montgomery, Alabama to Las Vegas, Nevada. During that time they made a documentary about it. It is called “Long Live Film” on the trip they talked about why they shoot film. They talked with other photographers about how they feel about film photography. In essence its about their love of film photography.
And if you’re an analog film lover, you might be happy with what you see after the jump.