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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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Pinhole photography is one of the earliest forms of the art and involves being truly creative about looking at scenes. It often involves an extremely narrow aperture of f162 or even narrower along with a long exposure time to capture what’s in the frame. Depth of field is determined by using composition techniques and often the cameras don’t have a lens or focusing of any sort.

Many folks tend to DIY their own pinhole cameras using things like beer cans and much more. But if you’re not the type of tinker around with tools then here are three pinhole cameras that are very worthy of note.

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April is all about analog film photography. With Film Photography Day coming up and Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day after that, now is a better time than ever to get your butt out there and start shooting with film to improve yourself as a photographer by forcing yourself to put more effort into each image.

But choosing the right camera for you can be a complicated decision. It can be incredibly difficult and intimidating. But this guide is designed to make it simpler for you.

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When it comes to having fun in photography, some of the most can be had with Instant film cameras. Not only do they bring us back to a totally different time where images were tactile objects, but they print a single moment that can’t be duplicated. Modern Instant film cameras have largely forgone the manual controls of many of their predecessors and are mostly focused on the photographer being as non-technical as they can.

Again, it’s about fun: seeing what will pop up, doing the work to get the image right, and looking at the images together with someone else.

Here are five modern instant film cameras you’ll want to get your hands on.

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Today, Lomography is announcing something that, well, we’re not totally sure what the heck it does. At least technically speaking or how it works seems to be a mystery to us.

It’s called the Lomo’Instant Splitzer and it designed to work with the Lomo’Instant. According to their email description, you can “mix two of your friends’ faces in one shot, combine different scenes in a picture, or pair unlikely objects in one photo!…The new Lomo’Instant Splitzer allows you to “call the shots” by slicing-and-dicing your images, making them more unique and experimental.”

What it sort of seems to be doing is cutting each photo into a half frame and only exposing one half at a time to mess with the shutters. Olympus did something like this years ago in the film world with their Pen cameras by taking 35mm film and shooting it one half frame at a time.

That technically means that you can get 20 shots from a single 10 pack of film. We have yet to see this used very creatively, but it’s kind of a cool concept for $16.90.

More sample images are after the jump.

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In an effort to deconstruct and trick out the instant film experience, Lomography created the Lomo’Instant, an instant camera with a bevy of features. As with its Petzval lens, Lomography held a Kickstarter to fund the construction of its instant wunderkind, and the company brought in just over $1,000,000. The Lomo’Instant became my last stateside review before my move to Istanbul, and with it, I made photos of friends and scenes I won’t see for quite some time. The camera is not for the person who wants to just press the shutter and be done with it, especially considering the price when held against Fujifilm’s Instax Mini lineup. Both cameras use Fujifilm Instax Mini Film. Lomo’s entry to the instant space requires a bit of patience.

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