Earlier this month we teamed up with BorrowLenses and Lomography in order to give away stuff. And by stuff we mean cameras. And by cameras we mean either a Canon 5D Mk III or Nikon D800, and a Lomography LC-A+. Both contests are still running and will be for a couple more days/weeks, so you can still sign up and take your chances at winning one of these great photographic tools.
The BorrowLenses contest will be running through June 22st 12AM EST, and the Lomography contest will be running through May 31st 12AM EST. For more info and to enter the contests, please visit the respective posts:
Win a Canon 5D Mk III or Nikon D800 from The Phoblographer and BorrowLenses.com!
Win a Lomography LC-A+ From The Phoblographer and Lomography!
When Lomography announced the Belair X 6-12, the analog world was abuzz. Being known for lo-tech products such as the LC-A and Diana, no one was expecting such an elaborate piece of technology from the company that is one of the last strongholds of analog photography. Yet, Lomography came up with a 6×12 panoramic medium format folder that not only features interchangeable lenses, but also an electronic meter with auto exposure and interchangeable masks for 6×6, 6×9 and 6×12 format. We had the chance to try out this unique camera.
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Not long ago, we mentioned Mount July’s filters. These filters are color splashed and stackable. When used together, they mimic the look of various color gradients or expired instant film–but they’re being pushed as having an Instagram type of look to them. Their Kickstarter has now officially launched and they need $32,000 to get it going. Plus according to their Facebook, they’ll be demoing the products in NYC soon.
They’re currently launching three different looks: Stinson (which overall warms an image), Sedona (which gives it a pinkish vingette) and Sayulita (which changes the color gradient completely.) They look a little bit like the Alien Skim Exposure 5 program that we showed, but you’re able to do this in camera.
The filters have threaded ends allow attachment to any 58 mm camera lens, and the ability to stack multiple filters at once. They’re also made from an aluminum housing and have multi-coated precision optical glass with a rotating inner groove-bearing facilitates smooth spinning of the filter. We’ll try to get some in for testing soon.
Pinhole cameras are being made by loads of manufacturers, but a new Kickstarter called Ondu is trying to not only pitch them as cool with its classy music in the video, but also trying to create something that will last. They’re stating that the cameras are made from wood local to Slovenia and that there are oils that area rubbed on to promote longevity. The video also shows the process of making the cameras which also involves the use of strong magnets. Magnets are used to close the back cover to keep the film inside and from being accidentally exposed, and they are also used in the winders. The only screw on the cameras is for the shutter: to open and close the pinhole.
The cameras are going to come in 35mm formats and up to 4×5–the latter is often what delivers some of the best pinhole images. The company is looking to source $10,000 to pay for equipment, resources, and pinholes that need to be purchased in bulk to make them financially reasonable. And we believe that they might just do it.
We’ve covered pinhole cameras a lot here, and we love a couple of projects such as a camera with 25 pinholes, a shoebox camera, a spam can, and this exposure shot for a couple of months. This Kickstarter we’re very positive will reach its funding needs soon.
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Photo by Eliot Dudik
From Monday 13th May until Friday 28th June 2013, users of ultra large format film and other exotic film formats can order Ilford products that will be tailored to their specific needs. Besides sheet film in formats up to 20 x 24 inches, orders will be taken for products such as 70mm film, 122 and 127 format film and even 120 format backing paper for those who make their own film rolls. Film types available in custom sizes are FP4+, HP5+ Ortho Plus and Delta 100. Since Ilford will only start to manufacture the products after all world-wide orders are in, there are no minimum order quantity constraints, making this attractive for both dealers as well as individual consumers.
For more information, please visit Ilford’s website. Ilford film can also be purchased from B&H Photo.
The sixties. A decade of beat music and mop-top haircuts, of the Vietnam war and the first man on the moon. Of hippies and flower power. And of Instamatic cameras and single serving flash bulbs.
These days, (almost) every camera comes equipped with a built-in flash unit. Can you imagine having to change the bulb after each use? Half a century ago, flash bulbs weren’t as durable as they are today and had to be changed each time the flash was fired, because they simply burnt out. The above ad, which we found via Project B, advertises Kodaks ‘latest’ invention: the rotating flash cube which contains four individual flash bulbs.
In a time when technical progress meant the introduction of a higher speed film and ‘computers’ were no more than giant calculators, a flash that would last up to four shots must’ve seemed like a revolution. Or at least thats what this Kodak ad wants the viewer to believe. Also, it gives a practical introduction into shooting ‘swinging dance parties’.
BTW, you can still by Kodak film from Adorama, Amazon and B&H.