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Kodak Brownie

One of the very first cameras to make photography simpler and more accessible to everyone was the Kodak Brownie. It was a fixed shutter speed camera with no aperture control or focusing abilities–and was essentially little more than a box with a fake leather exterior for gripping purposes. You could say it was one of the first point and shoot cameras.

The Brownie is an important camera to the history of photography because of what it did for the masses by making photography more commonplace and easier for the common man. This tradition would continue to be scoffed at by the more bourgeois amongst us with the Canon AE1, the inception of digital photography, and most recently the iPhone working in conjunction with Instagram.

According to Kodak’s history timeline, the first Brownie was introduced in 1900 and sold for $1. The film was sold for 15 cents a roll.

Eric Kim cites that Vivian Maier used one before upgrading to the more TLR style cameras that she was known for using.

More on the Brownie is in a video after the jump.

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A rendering of Kodak Portra 400, which in the right light looks surprisingly like the actual film.

A rendering of Kodak Portra 400, which in the right light looks surprisingly like the actual film.

Really Nice Images isn’t as popular as VSCO or DxO for their film renderings, but they’re claiming that with All Films 3.0 that they can fool even film photographers. And from what we’ve seen so far, we have to agree. We’ve reviewed Really Nice Images’ Film presets for Lightroom before, and thought that the renderings were already solid. But what they’re adding in now is an analog softness feature. They stated that they added this in to eliminate the differences between the ultra sharp high megapixel cameras and film.

As for film renderings, the package includes Agfa, Kodak, Fujifilm, and Ilford.

The Really Nice Images All Films 3.0 package is priced at $122 and organised by 5 sub-packages based on film types: Negative, Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage. Those sub-packages can also be purchased individually for $49 each. Check them out here.

More image samples are after the jump.

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Every single photographer should try to shoot with film consistently at least for a month. Why? Because film makes a photographer pay more attention to a scene than they do to the LCD screen of their camera. The slow process of pay attention to the subtle details, finding the right light because you’re locked into a single ISO setting, slowly focusing on a subject and ensuring that they’re totally in focus, getting the exposure just right to balance the highlights and shadows, and knowing that you’ll only get a handful of chances to capture the scene is all part of what can help you become a better photographer.

Some of the best photographers out there are very detail oriented. And as long as you have the pressure on yourself to get the shot right in a single frame, you’ll be better off.

Don’t know where to start? Here are five films that every photographer needs to try.

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Voigtlander Bessa R

Every photographer should attempt to try to shoot film at least once in their life. But when we say attempt, we mean give it a really big effort. For one, they learn to actually interact with a scene more and not necessarily become attached to the pixels that they see on an LCD screen, and further it teaches them more about how exposures work and how to get better pictures faster.

Want to get started in Film Photography? Here’s how.

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Photo by Julius Motal.

Most images in this story are by Japan Camera Hunter. Used with permission. 

Though street photographers love to talk about the cameras that they own, they also love geeking out even more about the older cameras that those before them used. While the best camera is the one that you have on you, certain snappers are the ones that discerning street photographers dream of. These cameras are also all film–and it only makes sense. For years, street photographers swore an allegiance to Kodak Tri-X, Ilford Delta 400, and many others that gave them the look that they knew and loved.

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Here’s a blast from the past, remember the Kodak Disc 4000 camera? It might look like a digital camera with such a thin and small but this is indeed a film camera. Rather than taking rolls of film this Kodak camera used film discs with 15 8x10mm negatives arranged around a circle.

Kodak first introduced its Disc 4000 camera in 1982 in response to the popularity of other cartridge formats like 110 film. Along with the compact body, the Kodak disc camera featured an aspherical 12.5mm f2.8 lens and initially came to market with a $66 price tag.

Unfortunately, the film disc’s 8x10mm negatives proved to be too small to resolve a sharp image. Just two years later Kodak ended the production of Disc 4000 camera in 1989. Interestingly enough, disc film’s lifespan stretched well beyond the existence of all disc film cameras and Kodak continued producing the format until 1998. Click past the break to see an old school Kodak ad for the Disc 4000 camera in its full sepia glory.

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