Cheap Photo: Some Great Savings On Refurbished Cameras, Lenses, and More

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 first impressions product images (4 of 8)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 3.2

As we like to do from time to time, given what great deals they are to be had, today we wanted to feature some of the many killer deals on refurbished cameras, lenses, and accessories that we are aware of.

Cheap Photo Refurb Deal Highlights

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The Polaroid Brightsaber Turns Photographers into Untrained Jedi


Today, Polaroid announced the release of their all-new Brighsaber travel light wand for photographers and videographers. Featuring 98 high-powered LEDs with an output of 1500 lumens and color range from 3200k to 5500k, the Brightsaber is a constant light for photographers.

Much cooler than the whimpy sabers commonly used by Jedi, the Brightsaber has 10 power settings and four color filters to give artists maximum control and creativity when either lighting their handheld shoot or fighting stormtroopers. It also breaks down to an ultra-compact size for convenient travel and is affordable, costing less than other comparable wands on the market.

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Nick Collingwood: Instant Film Wedding Photography


All images by Nick Collingwood. Used with permission.

“People loved the nostalgic quality and texture that the instant film had plus the couples loved that it was a photo memento they could hold almost immediately.” says Photographer Nick Collingwood, who describes himself as a motion designer by day and film addict roughly 24/7. “…With the slower process for the Polaroids, it puts the importance on creating interesting situations to photograph on film vs capturing candid shots made easy with modern autofocus cameras.”

Based in Brooklyn, he has an affinity for Super 8 and Instant film. This love of the analogue world and culture was recently turned into a business of his: he second shoots as a wedding photographer and focuses on weddings.

Oh yeah, and he loves talking about gear.

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Polaroid Hotel is Your New Cool Photography App

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Polaroid Hotel app (1 of 1)ISO 10001-250 sec at f - 4.5

It’s not often that a new photography app really elicits a cool new interface and features, but the Polaroid Hotel App is totally looking to do that. It’s a free app that was released earlier this month by photographer Patrick Hoelck.

Essentially it boasts a couple of features: a camera, short films, an out of print Polaroid book, and your own curated Polaroid Hotel. The Hotel includes images that you’ve shot, edited and specifically curated from your batches. You’ve got the option of shooting images and applying filters or selecting from your camera roll. As with all Polaroids, your images are going to be Square with the special frame. In a way, it’s kind of like Instagram before Facebook realized that it was cool.

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Review: Fujifilm Instax Wide 300

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.0

“Hey guys, this is Justin, Chris’s Kickstarter campaign manager. I wanted to write and say that if the Phoblographer has ever helped you with your photography, please consider donating to our Kickstarter for La Noir Image–now with both iOS and Android support!. Thank you, guys, you are the best.”

In some ways, I expected a lot more from the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300–but in other ways I totally get it. It’s a camera that shoots Instax Wide film, allow you to have a bit of focusing control, a bit of exposure control, and almost no real flash control. For most of the people who buy Instax products, that makes a lot of sense. Indeed, this a product designed for them.

And for that audience, you’ll have soooo much fun with this camera.

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Want to Win Some Impossible Project Film?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Impossible Project Color 2.0 film scan 4 (1 of 1)

For those of you who love Instant film, check this out!

We’re teaming up with the subreddit R/Polaroid to give away four packs of Impossible Project film in black and white and color (two of each) shipped anywhere in the world and whatever format you need (except large format.) The film is generously being donated by the Impossible Project America!

So how do you enter? Details are after the jump.

Be sure to also check out our Kickstarter!

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The Phoblographer Answers: Do You Really Need to Shake a Polaroid?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujfilm Instax mini 90 product photos (3 of 7)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8

This post honestly wouldn’t have been written if it weren’t for the song “Hey Ya” that many of us millenials knew growing up. The song has the famous lyric “Shake it like a Polaroid Picture.”

These days with Fujifilm Instax and Impossible Project film being the norm and selling like hot cakes covered in glorious bacon, it’s not surprising if you see someone trying to shake an instant film print. But in all honesty you don’t need to; and I’d actually really recommend that you don’t.

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CatLABS of JP Pledges to Manufacture Packfilm for Polaroid Cameras

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Polaroid 180 review product photos (1 of 12)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 2.0

In what’s some great news for us analogue photographers, it seems like we’ll be getting our alternative packfilm for Polaroid Land Cameras after all! It’s coming from CatLABS of JP; and in a very recent posting made by the company it seems like they’re going to take up the mantle. They stated:

“We have the experience, knowledge and history to back this up. We are so committed to packfilm, we had the entire 6th issue of our Papersafe magazine shot on packfilm.”

At the moment though, they don’t have specific details but they’re telling folks to follow their Facebook page to keep up to date.; and it overall is a fairly odd an interesting post to make.

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