For many medium and large format cameras, it is common to equip them with an instant photo back so you can take test exposures. This is especially true for those models that don’t come with a light meter, or when you’re doing professional work or your film sheets cost a small fortune. Even though the Lomography Belair X 6-12 is neither a pro camera, nor especially expensive to run, you can now equip it with an instant film back that lets you expose Fujifilm Instax Wide film.
Lomography being the prime supplier of photography hipsters, it was only a matter of time really until they would come up with something like this. But in the end, Lomo cameras are all about the fun of it, and we’re pretty sure the new instant back for the Belair will provide loads of it. Especially at parties, when you equip the camera with the wonderful little Diana Flash and some color gels.
For the more experienced of us, this may all sound a tad familiar. The camera already looks like many of Polaroid collapsible Land cameras–many of which were totally automatic with the exception of the 185, 190 and a couple of others. Granted, there are many more ISO settings on the Belair and the rangefinder also isn’t coupled. Instead, it’s more like a viewfinder.
Now, the Belair all by itself already isn’t quite a small camera. With the instant back added, it becomes even more of a beast, as it adds quite a bit of additional bulk to the camera. But if you don’t mind the extra size, we’re certain the instant back will add quite a bit of extra fun to your Belair experience. It can be yours for US-$ 89.
Additional product shots and sample images courtesy of Lomograpgy after the break. Also, there’s a video.
At CES 2014, one of the less exciting items we found were these Kodak-branded lens-camera devices that seem to mimic the Sony QX cameras. But apparently, JK Imaging wasn’t the only company that wanted a piece of the smartphone add-on camera cake. Photo Rumors now reports of the Vivitar IU680, another lens-camera smartphone add-on, but this one is admittedly a bit different.
In fact, we think the Vivitar IU680 looks like the bastard child of a Ricoh GXR and a Sony QX camera … it’s a lens-camera add-on that works with your smartphone or tablet, but just like the Ricoh GXR, it features interchangeable lens+sensor modules. Most strikingly though, these lens+sensor modules look remarkably similar to those that are used on Sakar’s Polaroid-branded Android-powered system cameras …
While we have to give it to Vivitar that they came up with a slightly different version of Sony’s QX camera, it is till just that: a slightly different version of Sony’s QX camera. And we keep up the sentiment that the Kodak and Polaroid brands are being used for all kinds of less-than-mediocre stuff that puts the names of these two once so dominant and influential companies to shame.
There’s no word yet on either pricing or availability of the Vivitar IU680.
Now that CES 2014 is over, it’s time to take a look back at all the things that have been announced during the show. During our time in Vegas, we had the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the announcements: the Nikon D4S, the Panasonic/Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 lens, the new Nikon D3300 … and more. Here’s our recap of all the hot stuff presented at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
In an effort to keep up with the latest trends, Polaroid has unveiled several new products at this year’s CES. Not only have they confirmed the release of the Polaroid Socialmatic, they have also unveiled their latest answer to GoPro–the Polaroid Action Sports Cameras, a line of action cameras that are supposedly waterproof, shockproof, and virtually indestructible.
From this line is the C3, a miniature cube camera that is only a little bigger than a donut hole and can capture 720p HD video as well as still images at 5 megapixels with just a simple push of a button. The camera features a 120-degree wide-angle lens, a 2MB internal storage (or at least that’s what The Verge reports–though we reckon it might be a typo for 2GB,) a microSD card slot to expand the memory, a microphone, and an LED light. As an added feature, each unit is magnetic so that you can stack them together in several different ways and use multiple units to capture your action shots in different angles. They also come in different colors and in Polaroid’s trademark quirky design, which will probably make them more appealing to the younger crowd.
While the C3s do not have display capabilities, which might make them a bit tricky to use at first, and there is no still word on the their battery life, these cameras will hit the market this summer at $99 per unit so we’ll just have to wait and see.
The Polaroid Socialmatic Instagram-lookalike camera has already been announced once last year, and that was after a period of rumors predicting its advent. After that, we never heard of it again. It seems that there’s been a legal issue of some sort, as according to PC Mag the manufcaturer has announced an “agreement that should allow the Polaroid Socialmatic camera (…) to come to market this year.”
The camera has also received some tech specs so we now have an actual idea of what to expect. In accordance with its name, the Socialmatic comes with WiFi connectivity so you can hook it up to your smartphone. Pictures will be composed on a huge 4.5″ touch-screen display and recorded by either a 14 megapixel camera in the front or a 2 megapixel camera on the rear. The latter was undoubtedly added for the ‘selfie’ crowd. (The sad truth is that every time you use the word ‘selfie,’ a Corgi puppy dies from internal bleedings. That’s already two Corgi puppies dying a horrible death.)
Instead of transmitting your images to your phone and then sharing them on Instagram (because that’s what you do with a camera that looks like the Instagram logo,) you can alternatively print them out on 2-by-3-inch Zink paper with the Socialmatic’s integrated printer. As for storage, the camera has 4 GB of it built-in, but it can always be extended with a microSD card.
If you’re at CES and interested in the camera, you can take a closer look at it at the Polaroid stand, booth #13613. The Polaroid Socialmatic should be available for purchase this fall at prices that have yet to be announced.
The year 2013 was a year packed full to the brim with new developments in the photo industry. It started with CES in Las Vegas and CP+ in Yokohama in January, then along came IFA in Berlin in September, followed by Photo Plus in New York in October. In the meantime, manufacturers didn’t pause with their announcements of new products. We saw a lot of exciting stuff launched, but also some things that had us scratch our heads. And then, there were those announcements that nobody could really wrap their head around. Here’s a list of we here at The Phoblographer consider this year’s top and flop five industry developments.