Five Camera Bags for the Discerning Film Photographer

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If you’re a film photographer, then chances are that you’re very particular about your camera bags. You probably don’t need to tote along a laptop with you but you need film, a camera or two, lenses, filters, flashes, light meters, etc. You surely do need different things and often in a smaller package.

So after going through our archives, we found a few bags that you’re bound to really like.

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Vintage Camera Review: Hexar AF

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Few cameras will make a photographer’s mouth water like the Hexar AF. When it comes to some of the best point and shoot cameras that use 35mm film, it’s tough to get anything better (though there arguably are other options.) The Hexar AF is often said to be one of the best available for street photographers and has a fixed 35mm f2 lens stated to be a copy of a Leica Summicron. Everything about it is designed to be low profile.

The design of this camera is so good that it can be seen in many today–with it likeness most prominently compared to the Fujifilm x100 series of cameras. If you’re a street photographer, there’s a lot that you’ll like about this camera. In fact, even if you just want a fixed lens point and shoot, you’ll adore this camera. At the same time, there are things that could drive you a bit nuts if you crave more full control.

All film was generously processed by the Lomography Gallery store here in NYC. 

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Bimal Ramdoyal’s Jaw Dropping Images of Iceland on Velvia

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All images by Bimal Ramdoyal. Used with permission.

“I bought my first film camera and things took a different turn then.” says Bimal Ramdoyal; one of the photographers who embraces the analogue world of picture taking. “I fell in love with film.” Bimal started out with his Canon EOS- T1i and still shoots digital for his ‘safe’ shots, but the work he is known for is his film work. Amongst this body of images, we’ve fallen for Bimal’s images of Iceland shot on Velvia–which is as stunning as anything digital can produce.

We asked Bimal some questions about how he got into photography, what draws him to film, why he chooses velvia and of-course – which gear he is using to produce these incredible images.

For any of you interested in film in the slightest, this is a must read.

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Kodak Aerochrome: Standard Use and Cross Processing

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All images by Nick Seaney. Used with permission. Lead photo done in E-6.

Photography Nick Seaney has been shooting film for a very long time, and like many photographers he returned to film again because he hated sitting in front of a computer afterwards to edit. When he finally had a chance to play with the amazing Kodak Aerochrome infrared film, he was ecstatic to experiment with it and figure out all the cool possibilities is has.

For those not in the know, Aerochrome is an infrared film developed for use by the US Military to find guerrilla forces in places like the Congo. However, it’s been used by other photographers for more creative and interesting uses.

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How to Become a Legitimate, World Renowned Street Photographer

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Street photography is pretty much as simple as going out and shooting photos of people in public–but there are the street photographers that do it better than everyone else and then there are those who do a lot of marketing. Indeed, there are terrible photographers with lots of gigs and sales and conversely there are photographers with great work and no gigs or sales. But the world of the Street photographer is different.

It gets even tougher when it comes to street photography for the reasons that your income will mostly rely on licensing and print sales from galleries. So how do you ensure you’ve got the work that counts? Here’s how!

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RNI All Films 4 Includes Custom Camera Profiles

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With RNI All Films 4, photographers who don’t necessarily want to take the risks involved with film photography can enjoy something close to the emulsions–though no the experience. Really Nice Images has created one of the best film mimicking presets for a while now. With the company’s recently announced the availability of RNI All Films 4.0, you get the ability to take 50 film stock presets and make them available for Photoshop and Lightroom users. Then you can combine this with 300 presets from various Negative, Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage film emulsions.

The update also includes customized camera profiles.

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

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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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