My photography journey began over 20 years ago with black and white film in the darkroom. One of my best friends and I were in charge of ensuring there was plenty of developer and fresh fixer. In exchange, we were given a key to the darkroom to use whenever we wanted. We shot varying speeds of Kodak TMax and Ilford Delta and processed them in several different developer brands. I quickly fell in love with deep blacks and punchy contrast, and I fell hard. So, naturally I was thrilled when Editor-In-Chief Chris Gampat sent some KONO Monolit 3 for review.Continue reading…
I’ve shot a lot of film on behalf of The Phoblographer. And we’ve reviewed a ton of film emulsions over the years. When it comes to black and white film, I don’t think I’ve ever fallen for something this hard. KONO is a brand I’ve believed in for years. They were among the first to really try new things. Double exposed film? Dyed film? Along with Lomography, KONO has been an innovator of sorts. With KONO Monolit 100, we’re astounded at the results. And trust us, you will be too.Continue reading…
Earlier this year, KONO! launched the KONO! Delight Art 100 in 120, then later in 35mm. This isn’t a typical film emulsion. We’re told it’s tinted Kodak Ektar 100. Ektar was my least favorite Kodak film, and KONO! added some flavor. There’s a bit of orange and a bit of blue raspberry thrown onto the film. Well, not really! But I could totally see why someone would think that. With KONO! Delight Art 100, I basically threw everything away that I knew about film. Overexposing it will lessen the effects. Underexposing it will amplify the orange and teal tones everyone loves. That means it’s best for many of us to put our cameras in aperture priority and underexposing by a stop of light. That’s precisely what I did using a Mamiya 6.Continue reading…
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The underwater photography community hasn’t had a lot of cameras specifically designed for it. Those that exist don’t really excite many photographers. But one camera that has always excited them is the Nikon Nikonos. This underwater camera was fully water-sealed and designed to handle the toughest conditions. Nikon tried to recreate it digitally years ago, but it never really took off. However, the Rare Camera Store has a pretty awesome Nikonos RS right now. But this is an exceptional package. You’re not only getting a camera. But you’re getting lenses and two flashes with it.Continue reading…
KONO is at it again with three brand new film emulsions and one is unlike anything we’ve seen.
KONO is a brand we’ve known and loved for several years. They create some cool, quirky film we’ve only truly appreciated after we looked around at the entire landscape. Digital photography is capable of so much. It even emulates the look of many films. So to get something unique, film manufacturers have to create a look you can’t get digitally. And that’s what KONO is doing with some of their new films announced today. Later today, you’ll be able to pick up emulsions like KONO Delite Art 100 at Freestyle Photographic or on KONO’s website directly.Continue reading…
The KONO!RAMA plays off of a very cool, forgotten idea and adds it to Instax film.
Many years ago, photographers put color filters in front of their lenses. It delivered a fun effect if it wasn’t correcting for the lighting. And that’s what the KONO!RAMA is doing in a far more innovative way. The front lens elements of many cameras are various sizes. To get around that problem, you just place the KONO!RAMA right in front of the film pack before loading it up. As you shoot, the effect is applied to the entire pack of film. It breathes new life into your old camera, just in case it’s been in the corner gathering dust. We’ve got more on the KONO!RAMA after the jump.Continue reading…
Looking for a new experimental emulsion to shoot your next project with? ROTWILD No2, the latest KONO! release could be a fun and fiery film to try.
Attention, film photographers! KONO! is ending 2019 with a bang; they just dropped a new, vibrant film for all you lovers of fun and funky emulsions. If you’ve ever been curious about trying out the redscale look but have no idea how to make one yourself, this is an option you might want to consider. The new ROTWILD No2 film joins the KONO! Classic Film lineup and is the second iteration of the ROTWILD ISO 400 redscale film. If you’ve been waiting for the ROTWILD ISO 400 to restock, you can grab this instead.
Two of KONO!’s fun and experimental emulsions now come in convenient single-use cameras so you can whip them out and shoot straight away!
Ever been curious about the fun and funky KONO! Reanimated Films but don’t have a film camera to shoot them with yet? We bet you’ll be thrilled to learn that you can now try two of these straight away. With KONO’s latest collaboration comes the emulsions loaded in single-use cameras dubbed as the I’M FINE KONO! x NINM LAB Camera SUNSTROKE & MOONSTRUCK Special Editions.
KONO! has just rolled out some new stuff for film photographers who enjoy shooting with their funky-colored emulsions.
It’s been a while since we heard something from the folks of KONO!, but they’re back with some welcome updates! First, they have a new, reanimated 35mm film: the Original MIRAGE. Second, their Original reanimated films now come in a Six Pack for those who want to try out a fun selection from their lineup! If you’re an experimental film photographer looking to try something new, these funky films could do the trick. The new KONO! film is the Original Mirage, which they described as being reanimated by not one, but two awesome colors. The effect changes from subtle hues when shot in sunny and bright conditions, to highly saturated colors when shot in the sunset. “Pictures shot in bright daylight invoke the feeling of a warm, late summer day and as soon as it gets darker, the colors get more prominent and richer.”
KONO! Rekorder and KONO! Monolit 64 are the company’s newest, exciting film emulsions available.
KONO! has always been a bit of a quirky company when it comes to their film emulsions, but they have to embrace this in order to actually stand out from the digital world that continues to try (and fail) to emulate the look of film. Today, they’re announcing two new film emulsions; KONO! Rekorder and KONO! Monolit 64. And the good news is these are still in line with their quirkiness and identity as a company.
Dubble and KONO! are back with two new tinted 35mm emulsions for fun film photographs.
Following the success of their first collaboration last year, Dubble and KONO! have once again joined forces to create two new reanimated films: Dubblefilm Bubblegum and Dubblefilm Monsoon. If you missed the first two films, you might be interested in getting your hands on these new editions.
The choice of Sunstroke & Moonstruck films is almost like what Poke’mon you’re going to choose
There are two brand new films on the market today: they’re called Dubblefilm Moonstruck and Dubblefilm Sunstroke. These films are a collaboration between KONO! and Dubble; and they’re available only in 35mm format. These aren’t your typical Kodak Gold, Fujifilm Superia or films like that. Instead, these are special films. Well, that depends on what your definition of special really is.
Heads up, film photographers! If you’re looking for some new and experimental films to try, KONO! has recently made their selection of films available for purchase in single rolls. This makes sampling their funky films easier on the pocket, especially if you’re more keen on variety than quantity for testing them out.
If you’re not yet familiar with KONO!, it’s an alternative film company that produces some wacky emulsions they call “Reanimated Films” — in some cases they’re special materials which weren’t originally intended for use in regular photography. Apart from their experimental black and white film called Rekorder 100 – 200 (above) and their Tungsten film called Kolorit 400 (which we absolutely loved), they also have a number of pre-exposed rolls like the Luft and Liebe 200 that add a quirky touch to your images. Lomography is also carrying another of their Tungsten film called Donau, which has the lowest film sensitivity for 35mm films currently in the market today at ISO 6.
Following up on our recent posting on the development of Konost, Konost has revamped their website and provided an update on their latest situation. They missed their initial deadline of taking pre-orders by the end of 2016 with delivery in 2017 and the founder, Bob Lian, has written a long explanation about the delay and challenges they are facing and how they plan to move forward.
The biggest piece in the news update is the mention of switching to a custom image sensor: one which is designed and manufactured specifically for Konost cameras. Bob claims that by doing so, this allows the business model to be more cost effective, increasing their profit margins, and able to provide a more competitive pricing of their camera.
Back in early 2015, we covered a promising start up project called Konost that aimed to create a full frame digital rangefinder. Konost has been silent with their development status ever since, with intermittent social media postings. Recently they posted an update on their official website stating they will revamp their website and have news on their current project status by the end of this year.
Based on the original project descriptions, the promised Konost digital rangefinder camera shall have a full frame sized image sensor directly compatibility with Leica M-mount lenses, high resolution electronic viewfinder, full manual control similar to the rangefinder shooting experience, and a body made of aluminum construction.
In a nutshell, Konost wanted to make a Leica-esque camera that is fully digital and, of course, at an affordable price point.
Consider the recent rise in Tungsten film and you get a great explanation for why the KONO! Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film could be so popular with portrait photographers. Like CineStill 800T, this film is a Tungsten film and designed to be shot in doors, in cloudy weather, during the night, etc. It’s very much unlike daylight film and my favorite way of using it is to often just use strobe lighting to get the best effect that I can.
Combine this with the fact that Tungsten film often delivers what are in my opinion better skin tones than Kodak Portra and the fact that emulating this look and the tones in digital is pretty tough, and you’ve got yourself a very good option to use this little analogue beauty.
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Today, Lomography is announcing that they’re carrying a film called Kono! Donau. Usually, if it’s another manufacturer’s product and unoriginal in any way, we wouldn’t necessarily bat an eye at the email announcement–but this one may be of special interest. Why?
Kono Donau is rated at ISO 6: making it the lowest ISO 35mm film currently available on the market.
Photographer Brooks Sterling is the focus of the Pilot episode of a new web series called Analog by Matt Mangham. The first episode interviews Brooks about his surfing work and how he uses film to get the images that he does. Brooks reasons that for years photographers used Nikonos cameras and old Canon EOS V SLR cameras to get magazine covers; and so he concludes that it must be good enough for him.
But the best part of the video is hearing about how Brooks shoots. He states that since he uses only a 35mm on the Nikonos, he has to get close and he only has a chance to get the shot once every wave. What this means is that it takes incredible skill and timing to get the image that he wants. In addition to this, he also needs to jump with the waves.
Brooks also talks about how film photography is like riding the waves–each wave is different and each photo will be different. He feels that with digital, it’s very simple for all of your images to look the same.
The video is after the jump.
For years, Leica was the only camera manufacturer to dominate the digital rangefinder camera space–and while they still are it seems like they could have a contender soon. Meet the Konost FF, which according to Photo Rumors is currently a project happening that aims to create a full frame digital rangefinder.
The camera isn’t using the traditional mechanical rangefinder but instead one that uses electronics overlayed on an optical viewfinder. At the heart is a 20MP full frame sensor, The body is made from an aluminum alloy and in many ways looks like the Leica T camera.
The mirrorless camera world was dominated by Leica for a while then everyone else got into it. With Sony newly entering the full frame mirrorless camera world, it only makes sense that everyone else is going to enter. To be fair, Epson tried to enter the camera world with a rangefinder and failed.
To be fair though, this camera doesn’t seem very traditional rangefinder-like in appearance–and Zeiss and Voigtlander both seem to have better designed bodies with their film offerings. More specs and a video are after the jump.
Content creators are wonderful at what they do. But at the same time, so too are photographers. If you’re a photographer and identify as one, you’ll know that we have much different needs from content creators. We care about documenting a moment and freezing it in time; and we’re also probably annoyed by all the videos we scroll past on social media. Manufacturers say that they’re appealing more and more to the content creator market, but they’ve also majorly lost their way when it comes to appealing to photographers. So here’s an idea of what they can look at.Continue reading…
There have been reports going around the web discussing how Sony says smartphone imaging will supersede what ILC cameras do by 2024. I think photographers and the tech world are focusing too much on the image quality part of this. They’re majorly ignoring the human element of photography and all that’s possible. So, will mirrorless cameras really be rendered useless by 2024?Continue reading…