When Sakar first presented its Polaroid-branded Android-powered interchangeable lens camera, everyone’s first thought was, “haven’t I seen this somewhere before?” And indeed, it seemed as if the design team responsible for the camera’s styling had simply copied-and-pasted the design of Nikon’s 1 series camera–or, more precisely, the J1 model of that series. As was inevitable, Nikon eventually sued Sakar for copying the J1′s styling in October of this year.
On December 4th now, both parties agreed on an injunction before court, with the effect that Sakar may no longer “manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration.” Which, if we’re honest, doesn’t seem to be a huge loss. After all, the camera had little to offer that isn’t already available: a Nikon 1 J1-styled body, interchangeable lens+sensor modules à la Ricoh GXR, and an Android system just like the Samsung Galaxy NX.
Whether or not Sakar will reintroduce the camera with a different styling remains to be seen.
Artistic nudes are wonderful when done correctly; and a Kickstarter project that has been around for a bit is aiming to make the stakes even higher. Jeff Enlow is the News Photo Editor at Corbis, and he is aiming to do an artistic project that will be very tough to pull off. Firstly, he’s trying to shoot artistic nudes that look like paintings. If the vision behind that isn’t enough, then consider the fact that he wants to do this with the massive 20×24 Polaroid camera–which we’ve previously featured on the site. That means that in order to get anything in focus, he’ll need to shoot long exposures and stop down to a very small f stop (think maybe in the hundreds or two hundreds) or have extremely bright lights.
The project is called Parallelograms, and is halfway through the time frame but still needs more funding in order for the project to happen. The funding will be used for production costs like paying models and assistants, plus trying to acquire the super rare film.
That and there are lots of thank you gifts that Jeff will give away with enough funding. Check out the video after the jump.
Around CES 2013, journalists thought something was a bit fishy when we saw Polaroid’s iM1836 camera. It looked strikingly like a Nikon 1 series camera but was different in that the sensor was built into the lens unit. Additionally, it was supposed to run on an Android operating system.
However, Nikon wasn’t too thrilled about this and is now suing Sakar (the company currently responsible for working with the Polaroid name) for copyright infringement involving the design of the camera. The lawsuit is trying to block both the production and sale of the product.
Apparently, the companies tried settling the issue out of court but Nikon wasn’t happy with the outcome. Given how many patents Nikon has to their name, they could easily win this case. To that end too, Sakar/Polaroid are notorious for announcing loads of products that never see the light of day.
In celebration of Polaroid Week, we wanted to share a little nugget of history about the company that started it all in 1947. I’m talking about the one, the only, Polaroid. Edwin Land began the Polaroid Corporation in 1939 with the initial product line being polarized sunglasses and a number of military contracts as well; by 1944, while on vacation with his family in New Mexico, Land came up with the idea of instant photography. Head on past the break for our look into the company that all the hipsters owe their allegiance to.
It’s Roid Week 2013! No, we’re not talking about the type of stuff that athletes use–instead Roid is short for Polaroid. Flickr did an awesome roundup earlier this week and today we’re counting down some of the most memorable Instant film cameras made. We talked amongst ourselves and also seeked the guidance of David Brommer–legendary Event Space Director at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio to round out some of the most famous all time favorites.
Where would we be without Polaroids? For a sure fact, the photo world today wouldn’t be what it is. Polaroids gave us the idea of instant photography and this week is #roidweek 2013. It’s all about the celebration of Polaroids. And to satisfy your instantaneous neediness, we found this awesome video on how to do a Polaroid Transfer.
Take a look after the jump. You’ll probably want to try this out for yourself to get a cool artistic effect.