Review: KONO! Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film (35mm)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Kono Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film 35mm product photos (3 of 3)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 4.0

Consider the recent rise in Tungsten film and you get a great explanation for why the KONO! Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film could be so popular with portrait photographers. Like CineStill 800T, this film is a Tungsten film and designed to be shot in doors, in cloudy weather, during the night, etc. It’s very much unlike daylight film and my favorite way of using it is to often just use strobe lighting to get the best effect that I can.

Combine this with the fact that Tungsten film often delivers what are in my opinion better skin tones than Kodak Portra and the fact that emulating this look and the tones in digital is pretty tough, and you’ve got yourself a very good option to use this little analogue beauty.

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5 Alternative Film Emulsions Very Worth Trying

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cinestill 50D sample photos (12 of 29)

The biggest users of film these days are millennials and people younger than 30. Why? It’s a different experience from seeing an image pop up immediately or being able to send it off to all your friends right then and there in that moment. While the tried and true standards like Portra, Tri-X and Velvia are popular, they’re not always capable of giving you a look in a photo that digital can’t easily do with some tweaking. So instead, we’re rounding up a number of films that we strongly recommend you try out.

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The Canon T70: An Ode to an Imperfect Film Camera


All images by Bruno Massao. Used with permission. Be sure to follow him on Instagram.

When Chris published the article “An Ode to a Now Popular Film Rangefinder Camera”, I had a memory overflow. I’ve thought about all the cameras that had passed through my hands, from my first camera – a Canon EOS 1000 – to the cameras I currently used. When Chris said “we have a camera that really was a companion in a way”, I could think of none other than my Canon T70.

For starters, I’ve actually never intended to get one – but I’m sure glad I did it.

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Review: Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 2.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 product images (4 of 16)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.5

Personally speaking, film camera reviews like those of the Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 are the most fun for great reasons–there is no pixel peeping, no RAW file versatility, none of that stuff that people bitch and complain about in forums. Instead, it’s all about the moment and capturing or creating it. Then there are the lenses, the experience, and knowing that the photo you shoot is a one of a kind.

The Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 2.0 camera’s biggest upgrade is its brighter viewfinder over the predecessor. This is a proper TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) camera with aperture priority control, exposure compensation, manual focusing, a flash, accessories, and an overall solid build quality. Most importantly for many of us, there are glass elements in the lens. Considering that Instax Mini basically covers a 645 area, this is important.

This can be a tough camera for many of us to learn; but at the same time you’re bound to have fun doing it.

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Rural Moments: A Documentation of a Disappearing Way of Life


All images by Rui Pires. Used with permission.


“In Rural Moments…the word crisis is unknown, maybe because this is the last places where the word ‘humanity’ makes sense.” says photographer Rui Pires about his project. A Portuguese documentary photographer, Rui spent a long time documenting a disappearing way of life in the mountains. In small villages, people genuinely looked after one another in a community. It’s a stark contrast for Rui–especially compared to what’s going on in most of Europe right now.

Rui has had a passion for photography which began in 1983 when he was a student. He romanticizes many of the classics like Ansel Adams and Ted Grant. But don’t let that fool you into thinking he’s just like all the rest–he’s got awards to his name.

In 2013 Rui Pires won the “Documentary Award 2013” from UNESCO and CFPA and at 2014 Rui Pires was finalist in “Alfred Fried Award” with the Rural Moments documentary.

Oh yeah, and he loves film.


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Mercury Camera Promises a Truly Universal System


Ever wanted to use your medium format Hasselblad lenses with your Bronica ETRS or something along the lines? Well a new Kickstarter called Mercury Camera wants to do something just like that. But it wants to go even further and let you adapt nearly any 35mm, medium format or large format lens with pretty much any negative or instant film back. To boot, you can also adapt any medium format digital camera back.

Just imagine the possibilities!

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“Street” Review: The Cheap Fuji Full Frame Camera


This is a syndicated blog post from Giorgio Scalici. It and the images here are being used with permission.

Hey mates! Hope you are doing great!

Today I’m gonna talk you about a very very cheap full frame camera.

Yes, the title is a little bit provoking – did you start to think about some X100/XE/XT full frame reading it? – but it still says the truth.

And the truth is that you can have a full frame camera, with optical viewfinder and no shutter lag for about 7 Euro!

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PSEUDO Film Canister Wants to Turn Your Film Camera into a Digital One


There have been attempts to turn film cameras into digital camera for a while now, but none have ever made it to commercial release. But a new IndieGoGo Campaign for the PSEUDO Film Canister really wants to make it happen. And they’re not even asking for a whole wad of money.

The canister will have a power source and a section that goes across the film slot. It will contain a sensor, memory slot for a Micro SD card, WiFi (ideally), a set ISO, the option of black and white or color and will have other parts that attempt to fit well with various cameras. More details are after the jump.

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