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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Pro Tip: Get a dog’s attention by putting a treat on top of your camera lens. More about that here.
Taking photos of your dog isn’t just a big thing today, but it was all the rage even years ago. Back in 1956, Kodak created a television commercial showcasing how to take better photos of man’s best friend. They state that dogs have personalities all their own, and to just go in for candid photos as you let the dog be its natural self. But what they also state is that you should bring in someone that the dog knows or use a treat, ball or bone.
The commercial features a mother using an old Kodak Brownie–a camera designed essentially for the lay person that knew little to nothing about photography. They also use an old school flash gun and bulb that requires the bulbs to be changed after every shot.
If you’re a German Shepherd fan, you’ll want to continue on past the jump. But if you want to take better dog photos, you’ll probably want to check out this old Useful Photography Tip.
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The larger the format is that you’re working with, the more time it will surely take you to get a single image due to all the work that goes into it. And while large format cameras can be expensive, a duo from Europe are Kickstarting a more affordable camera. It’s called the Intrepid 4×5 camera, and it promises to be a light weight camera made from birch ply wood.
The Intrepid will take 75-300mm lens boards, has ground glass for focusing, comes with a choice of bellows colors, and folds down into a very compact size. With it being made from plywood though, I’d personally want it to be finished with a sealant of some sort to prevent moisture from affecting it too much in the long run. For the 125 Euro that they’re apparently charging for the camera though, we can’t really expect much.
It will take standard film cases for the image loading: which means that you can enjoy many of the offerings from Fujifilm, Kodak and Ilford still available for the format.
The intro video is after the jump, but be sure to head over to their Kickstarter page too to see the different rewards offered.
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All images courtesy of CineStill
What the world needs right about now is more medium format film: and that’s exactly what the Brothers Wright are looking to create. CineStill announced a new Kickstarter initiative for a medium format 800 ISO 120 film. Like their first entry into the market, this one will be Tungsten color balanced. They’re calling it 800T, and again it is rebadged Kodak cinema film. This time, they’re using Kodak Vision 500T film– which is probably the 65mm film version but rescaled for medium format still camera bodies.
CineStill states that each roll of the film has 250 exposures and medium format 120 film has on average around 12 exposures if you shoot in the 645 format. So each roll could be split into around 20 CineStill films.
The film is said to work with regular C-41 processing–which means that it can be developed at many local stores. One of the biggest things about this film though is the fact that there aren’t very many high ISO medium format films left and available in color–so this would open up new possibilities for medium format shooters everywhere (myself included.)
More images and the company’s new promo video are after the jump.
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CineStill, the folks who put out the Tungsten 800 film that is more or less rewrapped Kodak cinema film, are continuing in their traditions with a new black and white film offering. Japan Camera Hunter got the scoop–and according to Bellamy the new film is a black and white film called bwXX that comes from Kodak’s XX black and white cinema film stock. He states that the film has been used in Schindler’s List (1993), Memento (2000), Kafka (1991), Casino Royale (2006), I’m Not There (2007), and many many more.”
Kodak states that you should expose it at around 250 or 200 ISO depending on various situations. If anything, the film looks like a high contrast black and white emulsion–which is beautiful and has some very silky smooth blacks to it.
Bellamy is giving away a bunch of the film on this site when you purchase a 35mm camera of some sort. Otherwise, CineStill lists the film at $7.49 a roll.
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.