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Whether you think it’s hipster or not–let’s be frank, instant film cameras are cool. Who cares if they’re hipster? There are ways that you can make them seem much less so. But even if you have that stigma, the cameras are still capable of producing beautiful work that editors, models, and people in general love. Heck, an entire app was created to emulate the looks of these cameras!

Picking the right one though isn’t so simple. There are many options available both old and new–and you really just need to get the right one for you. That’s much easier said than done though.

Here’s our Guide to Instant Film Cameras and picking the right one for you.

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Fujifilm is announcing brand new Macro extension tubes today. They are called the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16–and both have electronic contacts for auto exposure. Not much information is available, but we know that the Fujifilm X-Series Macro Tubes will cost $99.95 when they launch in December.

From the company’s press release, we can tell that the focusing range will be limited. In fact, Fujifilm cites needing to move the camera back and forth. In fact, the Fujifilm system has a Macro mode that lets every lens focus closer than normal. We assume that they will work with all of the company’s lenses as well as those offerings from Zeiss.

On top of the lenses, a new software will be coming that will let many of their camera shoot while tethered. It’s called HS-V5 and will let the user adjust the settings either via the camera or the PC if they wish. The software will also allow the user to manage the images–just like many other options available out there.

But today, they’re also announcing a new firmware update for the XE-2, XE-1, X Pro 1 and the X30 are all getting new firmware. Those details are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Great State Classic Skinny strap review images (1 of 8)ISO 1001-100 sec at f - 2.0

We were introduced to Great State camera straps recently through Facebook; and were inspired by their all American made mantra with the classic/minimalist aesthetic and emphasis. Based in Portland, Oregon the company hand makes the straps before boxing them in something almost like a jewelry box and putting a little tag telling you that it will essentially get better with age.

Great State shipped us their Classic Skinny strap, which they sell for $59–and which is very affordable for a strap like this. To be very brief, we’re in love. These straps have elements of both Tap and Dye and Cub and Co in their design; and you should wear yours like a special badge of honor.

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nissin flash

It’s a very well known fact that Fujifilm camera owners don’t have the best selection of TTL flashes available.But that’s slowly changing–as is evident with the newest offering from Nissin. Their i40 flash now supports Fujifilm cameras and has all the choices and options that you’d expect from a more consumer friendly flash.

The i40 features analog dials on the back, slave mode, rotates left and right to 180 degrees, has an LED video light, and is pretty powerful at guide number 131. The head also tilts upwards to 90 degrees.

While this is a bit of a start, much more advanced flashes are indeed needed for Fujifilm’s cameras. We hope that Phottix will one day deliver on this as Yongnuo’s options tend to be very hit or miss.

For the moment though, many Fujifilm users including Zack Arias use manual flashes like those from LumoPro.

The Nissin i40 retails for $269 at B&H Photo. More images and specs are after the jump.

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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens Product Images (1 of 4)

Over the last year Fujifilm has been filling in its lens line up with new zoom lenses including the XF 10-24 f4 and XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8. Now Fujifilm has introduced a new XF 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, a lens that promises photographers a wide range of focal lengths in one relatively small package. But as is the case with most jack-of-all type lenses like this, we’re going to find out if it has sacrificed any image quality for all this flexibility.

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Heading into a concert? We’ve got good news and bad news for you.

Let’s start with the good news: you’re about to see what will hopefully be an awesome show.

The bad news: the venue may not let your pro-grade camera in. In fact, even as long as it looks pro grade, you’ll need to check it. So for that reason, you’ll need something a bit more low-profile that will fool the guards when they check your bag. The only way to do that is to not have such a serious looking piece of kit on you, but still having something comparable to the cameras that you may use.

Here are a list of cameras that won’t get checked at a concert.

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