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It’s true: film is still alive and kicking. In fact, this year we saw the release of many more film cameras than we’ve seen in such a short amount of time. It seems like manufacturers are finally getting it and that all the fun that is involved in shooting film is finally reaching a larger market.

To celebrate this recent trend, here are five new film cameras that you should get very excited about.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Gritty black and white images (1 of 2)ISO 32001-400 sec at f - 1.8

Getting the look of black and white film is easy enough to do in Adobe Lightroom without the need for presets, but making them look grittier and a tad more cinematic can be tougher to do unless you know about one of the panels in Lightroom’s Develop module that will help you make images look like gritty, cinematic film.

Here’s how to do that.

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Whether you’re thinking about getting into film, or you’ve magically picked up an old SLR and are confused about how to use it, hopefully this little guide can steer you in the right direction.

The actual process of shooting film isn’t that much different from digital. Assuming you understand how exposure works, then the principle is exactly the same.

If you come from shooting RAW on a digital camera then really you only lose three features.

- Ability to change ISO

- Ability to change White Balance.

- *shocker* Ability to preview your shot

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published at Peter Stewart’s blog. It has been syndicated with permission.

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Polaroid collection on a shelf

All images by Ryan Okpych. Used with permission

Some of us start to collect cameras later on in our adult life. But photographer Ryan Okpych is one that gives us lots of hope for the future. At the age of 13 from Summerville, SC, Ryan has amassed the collection that you see above. It’s quite the film nerd’s dream.

“…it all started back in 2010 when this thrift store down the block opened, my mom and I checked it out. In this box of old electronic stuff was a whole bunch of old computer stuff. As I dug around I found a Polaroid Onestep SX70 Camera.” states Ryan on how the four year hunt began. “I thought it was pretty neat, so my mom let me get it for $3 or something like that. I took it home and cleaned it up, a quick wipe down would prove that it was in good condition.”

Ryan used the web to research the camera and saw that the film for the camera was discontinued in 2008 and was disappointed until the Impossible Project. Indeed, they created the prescription for Ryan to get his film fix. “I went back to the thrift store the next day and found two more cameras. Those cameras were $1 a piece,–a Onestep Closeup and a Onestep Flash. It was on from there, leading up to where I am now with over 200 Polaroid cameras.”

Fast forward to 2012, and Ryan had purchased pretty much every Polaroid camera that he found. Eventually he had a lot of them sitting around. So he cleaned them up, tested them and then did exactly what almost anyone else would do at this point: sold them as refurbished. “Sure, they aren’t Impossible quality refurbished, but they were pretty clean at the end. I cleaned, packed, and shipped every lot that I do.” Ryan continued to state that he spends hours cleaning cameras and testing them, so they can be sold on eBay.

What he found out later though is that the Impossible Project in America actually buys some of their cameras from him.

More images of the cameras are after the jump. But we think that it’s more important that a 13 year old photographer is helping to keep this part of our photographic identity alive.

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Kodak BW400CN

For those that knew the true beauty of the film today is a very sad day for many photographers.

In a statement recently issued by Kodak, the company has now discontinued their BW400CN film. Though the film isn’t as prolific as Tri-X, it still created beautiful portraits and images overall. In fact, Kodak billed it as the finest grain black and white chromogenic film made. And in some ways, they’re correct–though the grain isn’t as fine as with some of their other emulsions.

Kodak is also stating that it should still be available in the market for around the next six months; though it can often be seen sold at places like WalGreens and more. So in fact, it may not last that long.

When I first started the site, I reviewed the Leica M7 using this film. It was an awesome experiences.

B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon still have stock of the film if you’d like to store some in the freezer for another day.


Chris Gampat The Phoblographer's Introduction to Pinhole Photography (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Pinhole photography has to be one of the most beautiful forms of the art. It forces a photographer to rely on great composition, exposure timing, and creative ideas to yield a beautiful image. But fair warning: you won’t be doing any pixel peeping or anything else technical aside from figuring out your exposure in the first place.

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