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VSCO’s got a new batch of presets for the 7th iteration of its film emulation software for Lightroom, and the results are decidedly eclectic. There are 17 films that come with VSCO Film 07 – Eclectic Films: 10 color films (Agfa, Fuji, Kodak), 3 black & white (Ilford, Kodak), and 4 Tungsten (Fuji, Kodak). We managed to get an early look at this latest installment, and the films are largely a thing of the past. That is to say, they don’t exist anymore, but VSCO’s managed to keep them alive in digital form.

A complete list of films and sample images are available after the jump. A comprehensive review is in the works.

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Cinestill photo

If you had asked me years ago if I would be reviewing film in the year 2015, I probably would have laughed in your face. There is no way that a couple of years ago that any editor would have thought that a company would be making new film products. But indeed, there have been. CineStill, founded by the Brothers Wright photography team, have repacked Kodak cinema film by taking off a layer that makes it safe for typical C-41 processing. For CineStill 800T, the company gave us ISO 800 film that is Tungsten balanced–which means that it’s best used with a flash or daylight.

In my personal experience, ISO 800 film has been very grainy except when it’s Kodak Portra and pushed a stop. But in this case, CineStill has given us the finest grain 800 film I’ve ever seen.

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All images by Nick Seaney. Used with permission.

In comparison to 10 years ago the cost of photographic film seems to have taken an interesting run, or at least that’s what photographer Nick Seaney showed Reddit not too long ago. He got his hands on a catalog from 2005 and took a look at the prices of film back in the day–which truthfully wasn’t too long ago if we really think about it.

Kodak Portra 160 came in two different varieties back then; NC and VC where the colors varied depending on the type of look that you were going for. that was eliminated a couple of years ago, and now These days a roll of Kodak Portra 160 in 35mm is $6.99 over at B&H Photo as opposed to the $7.59 that it was.

Kodak Tri-X 400 on the other hand seems to have risen a bit in price, though we’re not necessarily sure if these prices reflect what schools pay as educational institutions usually get discounts. But for what it’s worth, Tri-X is still an extremely popular film even according to a Wired article that could use fleshing out.

When we talked to folks about the state of the film industry, we got the feeling that even though film sales are dwindling for the bigger and more well known companies, film is booming with the newer and more Bohemian companies that take a different approach when it comes to marketing.

More of the price scans are after the jump.

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Film–the mention of it either makes photographers gawk at it due to antiquation or makes them become stirred with butterflies in the stomach. The use of film has declined steadily as the digital age has progressed, and with that many films have been discontinued due to a decrease in sales. Instead, many tend to look to Instagram and other programs for filters that give digital images the look of film.

With the world moving deeper and deeper into the digital realm, we asked film manufacturers how the industry has changed in the past five years.

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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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