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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Leica M-A Product Images-4

This year’s Photokina is full of all sorts of surprises as Leica ditches digital and decides to launch a new film camera. Meet the Leica M-A (Type 127)–it’s the German camera company’s return to photography in its purest form. The camera does not have a monitor for you to check your exposure nor exposure metering to mess with your shot. It does not even run on batteries.

Instead the Leica M-A is simply a hand-built, metal camera body that leaves everything up to the users. Shooters will have to figure out the exposure on their own without a built in light meter. It’s beyond old school as a return to photography in its original form, where it’s up to the user to decide their focal length, aperture, shutter speed, and finally capture that decisive moment. Back then, photographers used the Sunny 16 rule to get exposures correct.

Due to the camera taking film, the mechanical camera is “significantly thinner” than many of its digital rivals. The Leica M-A will accept other Leica M-bayonet lenses. Meanwhile, users can pull the frame selector lever to change the framing lines to accommodate their 28mm and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm, 50 and 75 mm lenses.

The Leica M-A will be available in chrome-accented or all black finish later this October. Leica announced the camera would cost £3100 (about $5,021) from its Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store Burlington, and other authorized Leica dealers. Check past the jump for more images and specs.

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Fujifilm has introduced a new Instax Wide 300, a larger addition to the company’s camera line that uses large format 86mm x 108mm instant film. Aimed at professional and enthusiast film shooters; Fujifilm claims the Wide 300 will produce larger images suited for fashion photography, group shots at events, landscape scenes, and generally any use that needs a large detailed image.

The Wide 300 comes with all the comforts users expect with an Instax camera including a built-in optical viewfinder, electronic flash, plus 1/64 – 1/200 second shutter speeds. The camera also comes with a 95mm lens that can focus between two ranges at 0.9-3 meters and then three meters to infinity. Alternatively, the Instax Wide 300 comes with a close-up lens adapter for macro shots letting users get up to 15.5 inches away from the subject.

The Instax Wide 300 will be available next spring for $129.99, meanwhile Instax Wide film will come in twin packs of 20 for $31.99.

Aside from introducing a new larger format Instax camera, Fujifilm is also adding new colors for the rest of its instant film camera family. The Instax Mini 8 will be available in Raspberry and Grape later this spring as well for $99.99. Lastly, Fujifilm is adding a new Mini 90 in a classier shade of leather brown for $199.99.

Head on past the break for more images and specs.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Viddy Product Images 2

Photographers looking to get into using a pinhole camera have no shortage of options but Viddy may be the cutest DIY kit solution we’ve seen yet. Viddy is a do-it-yourself camera kit that comes screen-printed on a slab of cardboard. Upon receiving the kit camera users can pop out all the parts and assemble it in just a half hour.

Viddy comes in green, black, blue or red and is patterned to resemble a vintage film camera down to a faux leather finish. The camera can take medium format or 35mm film and it’s been made with a laser cut pinhole for extra precision. Other than a few drops of glue, the stickers and split pins users need to assemble the camera are included.

Once assembled users can take out their cardboard pinhole camera out to shoot exposures ranging from just a few seconds to hours. Of course this depends on the speed of film users have inside and what sort of look shooters want to go for. Viddy also has a Pop-Up Pinhole app to help users figure out their exposure and exactly how long they should keep the shutter open.

The best thing about Viddy is it’s relatively inexpensive at £30 (about $50), making it cheap enough to take on a little side project to mantle piece for photographers. Currently Viddy is up on Kickstarter and has blow completely past its funding goal and cameras should begin shipping to backers this November. Read on to see more images of the Viddy as well as the actual photos it can produce

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Lomography Agfa CT Precisa 100 Film product image 1

Back by popular demand, Lomography has a new stock of Agfa CT Percisa 100 film. The 35mm color slide film is designed to help shooters capture rich, deep blue skies without overlaying the entire image with a cool blue filter allowing the film to produce render warm colors as well. At the same time the film can resolve nice and sharp details. Another advantage of the Agfa CT Percisa film is it creates extremely fine outlines at every gradations of light and shade making cloudy skies pop with a unique look.

For a small history lesson Agfa films originally come from a small Germany company started in 1867 that has as strong ties to medical imaging systems as it does photography. Eventually the company folded and when into bankruptcy in 2004. A surviving branch continues to produces film for aerial photography.

Agfa also sold may of its remaining coated film rolls to Ferrania, a third party supplier of consumer film to many others selling under their own name. Meanwhile, Agfaphoto film is also produced by Fuji in Japan, Kodak in Mexico, and Lucky in China; so the film could have come from any of these companies.

As with most things in the film world the Agfa brand become diluted and attached to completely different types of film. Lomography stock itself has even been rumored to carry the same film chemistry as Afga, which would explain the rich color tones of many of the company’s film stocks.

You can pick up a roll of Agfa CT Precisa for $8.90 a piece. Check past the break for more images taken with the film.

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It seems that our society as a whole has a fascination with what other people carry around with them, I may not fully understand the fascination, but I certainly participate in it! This is a special contribution as it contains two separate bags and only film equipment. Read on to check them out.

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Why film? This year I hit a point in my photography where I had learned a great deal, but I realized that I needed something to challenge me. After seeing Chris Gampat shoot film and reading about the form, I finally decided to take the plunge. It felt like a fine way to refine my photography. The first roll, which recently got developed, came out better than expected. The camera, a used Nikon N2020 from B&H, worked much better than expected. It was an interesting learning experience. Film is not dead. It has been re-purposed for shooting when I want to slow down and wander the city looking for arty images. Which one do I prefer? For speed, convenience, and cost, digital. For getting back to the roots of photography, film.

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