Hasselback Portrait Lets You Shoot Instax Mini Film With Hasselblad V-System Cameras

If you’ve been hoping to shoot instant film with your Hasselblad V-System camera, there’s finally a camera back that will let you do so with Instax Mini films.

Since it’s been difficult to get hold of pack film for the most common Polaroid back for Hasselblad cameras, there have been many attempts to create hacks to shoot Instax Mini films with it. Now, we finally have a viable option in the aptly named Hasselback Portrait, dubbed as the first fully-compatible Instax film back for the Hasselblad V-System camera. If you’ve ever wanted to turn your Hasselblad into an instant camera, this new contraption looks like your best bet.

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Your Hasselblad V Camera Can Shoot Fujifilm Instax Square With This Back

The Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back is fully analog and could surely be fun!

Hot on the heels of the Rezivot Instant Film Back Kickstarter is this brand new one: it’s called the Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back. It does pretty much exactly what it says it does. The back, which is looking for funding on Kickstarter, is a plastic, 3D printed back that takes Fujifilm Instax Square film and attaches to your Hasselblad V medium format camera. The Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back has a manual wind system, so that means no batteries are involved and that cuts down the cost of the back over time. It’s a fantastic option for photographers who want to use an Instax back or Instax film with their Hasselblad V camera.

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The Rezivot Instant Film Processor Lets Your Medium Format Film SLR Camera Shoot Instax Film

Be still my heart, because Rezivot Instant Film Processor is fulfilling so many dream right now!

In what is perhaps one of the most exciting announcements in medium format film photography this year, there’s a brand new Kickstarter that is going to make you all very happy: the Rezivot Instant Film Processor. This is essentially what many photographers have been looking for for a while, a way to make their medium format film cameras shoot Instax film. The processor lets users load Fujifilm Instax Wide and Fujifilm Instax Square into a camera such as their Mamiya RB67 and shoot to their heart’s content with the adapter.

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First Impressions: Hasselblad X1D

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If you think about any of the companies who have contributed much to the world of photography gear, there shouldn’t be a doubt in your mind that Hasselblad is on that list. With the company’s new X1D announced earlier today, I’ve got no doubt in my mind that they’ve reached out and touched the millennial generation of photographers in the digital world in the same way that the 500C has touched them.

The Hasselblad X1D features a 50MP cropped 645 format sensor–that is to say that it isn’t a full frame 645 sensor but instead still larger than a 35mm sensor. The camera also incorporates the use of leaf shutter lenses that let you shoot with a flash to 1/2000th with full sync, autofocus, an EVF, a touchscreen LCD, and interesting features such as a mode dial that locks and unlocks by simply pressing it up and down.

But even more amazing: it’s pretty small–honestly if you could imagine a Sony a6000 series camera, put a big sensor in it and make it around the height of some DSLRs then reduce the weight and depth significantly, you’ve got this camera.

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The Various Types of Modern Instant Film

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D Mk II review images portraits Bec (1 of 1)ISO 2501-250 sec at f - 4.0

Instant Film Formats are in some ways more plentiful than negative film. Though they’re much more specialized, Instant film is used by both professional and enthusiast alike when they want a specific look. For years now there have been many different formats for many different needs. In fact, Instant Film was made in large format for a while before being discontinued. What’s leftover is mostly tailored for the person looking for a specific look to their images.

Here’s a rundown of all the modern Instant Film formats.

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The Phoblographer’s Introductory Guide to Instant Film Cameras


Whether you think it’s hipster or not–let’s be frank, instant film cameras are cool. Who cares if they’re hipster? There are ways that you can make them seem much less so. But even if you have that stigma, the cameras are still capable of producing beautiful work that editors, models, and people in general love. Heck, an entire app was created to emulate the looks of these cameras!

Picking the right one though isn’t so simple. There are many options available both old and new–and you really just need to get the right one for you. That’s much easier said than done though.

Here’s our Guide to Instant Film Cameras and picking the right one for you.

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#RoidWeek 2013: Five Memorable Instant Film Cameras


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.

So which one is for you?

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World Pinhole Day Reminded Me of How Much I Miss Instant Film

Today was World Pinhole Day, and I headed over to Dumbo, Brooklyn to meet up with a couple of fine folks to shoot with pinhole cameras. The meetup was organized by Gave Biderman, the guy behind Ruinism.com (and a co-worker of mine). Gabe reminded me of how much I miss and love instant film. The photos in the gallery above were shot with a pinhole camera using an instant back: which is totally different from the Hasselblads I’ve used before and the Fujifilm Instax that I reviewed. This camera seemed to be a bit more like the 20×24 camera that I toured, except a bit more pint sized (4×5 Fujifilm at both ISO 100 and ISO 3000. All the film was also expired.)

Either way, I just want to say that every now and then, we need to get out there and try something new to keep our brain fresh and also make sure that stay versatile. So with that said, shut up and screw up! I sure did today!

Show us what you did to celebrate World Pinhole Day in the comments below. If you’ve got a Flickr account, feel free to embed them in the comments. And also remember that we’ve got a contest going on using our Flickr group.

A Fire Spitting Creator’s Laptop: Razer Blade Studio 15 2020 Review

The Razer Blade Studio 2020 will make an excellent alternative to Apple products for creatives who can stomach the price and the big elephant in its room.

We had some rather nice things to say about the Razer Blade Studio 15 in 2019 when we reviewed it, and we have some great things to say about the 2020 model as well. Razer has made some important changes to the computer both on top of and under the hood, which should make this laptop a dream for creators. Does the 2020 model warrant a price increase over last year’s model, and does the average photographer need this much raw power in their laps? Find out in our full review of the Razer Blade Studio 2020 laptop.

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The Camera I Almost Threw in the Ocean: Sony RX100 VII Review

Sony’s own ideals and thoughts about serious cameras are starting to stifle the potential of cameras like the Sony RX100 VII, and it shows.

Yes, I’m not kidding about the title. There was a point during this review where the Sony RX100 VII felt so incredibly awkward in my hands that I really wanted to throw it in the ocean. I have modest hands at best, and there is just so much that makes me believe that this camera was designed for people with the smallest hands possible. But this camera lineup has always been about being pocketable and portable, though at great sacrifice. As a matter of fact, if I were being told to pick this camera up while coming from just shooting with a phone, I’d have the most bitter outlook on cameras overall. And there’s a lot wrong with the Sony RX100 VII that seriously made my sigh and wonder if Sony even thought about this camera before it came out.

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Opinion: Pentax, if You Don’t Embrace Mirrorless Tech, it’s Game Over

I have so much love for Pentax, but if they don’t jump into the 21st century soon, they will simply slip away.

Pentax and Pentaxians get a lot of hate and smack talk directed towards them for choosing to use cameras, that by many, are seen as antiquated. Let’s be clear, though, while current Pentax cameras may not sport the fastest autofocus systems, Mirrorless technologies, or the fastest burst rates; their cameras are still pretty great. Still, there’s no denying that Pentax has fallen far behind the competition. The camera market is now more competitive than ever before, and Pentax needs to figure out where they fit into this ever-evolving industry before it’s too late. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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HVSQ Ver. 2 Lets You Shoot Instax Square Film with Various Medium Format Cameras

The HVSQ Ver. 2 is an interesting contraption to consider if you want to shoot instant film, specifically Instax Square film, with your medium format camera.

Instant photography is very much alive, albeit with limited film options. Because of this, we’ve been seeing some bright minds coming up with accessories like instant backs to help increase our options for cameras that can accommodate the instant films available today. Instant backs that allow you to shoot Instax films using Hasselblad cameras have been particularly popular in recent times. The latest of these is the HVSQ Ver. 2, the second version of the Instax Square film back made by Shenzen-based photographer John Yang for the Hasselblad V-System.

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100 Years of Pentax: Revisiting Medium Format Classics

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pentax, we put the spotlight on its enduring medium format SLR cameras, which remain top choices for film photographers.

If you want to get serious with medium format film photography, among your top options would certainly be a Pentax medium format SLR camera. Built like tanks and made to last for generations, these classic cameras are rivaled only by a handful of competitors and have become medium format icons. Since this year marks a century of Pentax, there can’t be a more apt time to pay tribute to the brand’s enduring cameras, including the medium format line.

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Here are Some of the Best Father’s Day Gifts for Photographers

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and there is no better gift than the gift of photography for Dad.

If you’re looking to get Dad the perfect gift for Father’s Day this year, look no further than this Father’s Day gift list. The gift of photography is one of the best you can give for Father’s Day. It doesn’t matter if Dad will be new to the art form or if he is a seasoned shooter. A new camera, lens, or some new accessories will make this Father’s Day even more special for him. We’ve gone through our extensive list of reviews and picked gear that will put a huge smile on Dad’s face this Father’s Day. The good news is that all of these items are available at fantastic prices! Check out the gear recommendations for Father’s Day below. Continue reading…

Bruce Osborn Explores Parent-Child Dynamics in Japan with “OYAKO”

All images by Bruce Osborn. Used with permission.

While there’s nothing new about family photos and parent-child portraiture, an out-of-the-box idea can breathe new life to them as an interesting photography project. Case in point is the work of Tokyo-based Bruce Osborn titled OYAKO: An Ode to Parents and Children, which gives us a peek into the relationship and dynamics between parents and children in Japan. The idea for this series — which has been made into a book as well — came while he was doing another assignment, but more than just a side project, it evolved into a more meaningful pursuit to share a slice of Japanese life and culture.

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Here Are Some of the Biggest Newsmakers of Photokina 2018

Here’s a round up of some of the biggest Photokina 2018 announcements and product launches if you’re late to the party.

We collected our thoughts and expectations shortly before Photokina 2018 started, but some of the event’s biggest newsmakers still managed to surprise us. If you’re late to the party or haven’t been able to keep tabs with the flurry of announcements and product launches in the past few days, we’ve put together this round up for you.

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First Impressions: DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

The new DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom feature major camera improvements.

DJI introduced the next iteration of the Mavic drone series in Brooklyn this morning. Replacing the Mavic Pro are two new drones: the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom. It’s been almost two years since DJI first released the Mavic Pro, and DJI has included some major improvements to the pair of new Mavic 2 drones. Front and center are two brand new cameras which differentiate the two Mavic 2 models. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro comes equipped with a Hasselblad L1D-20c camera that features a 28mm lens with an adjustable aperture range of f2.8 to f11. At the heart of the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera is a 1″ 20MP CMOS sensor. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom on the other hand comes equipped with a 24-48mm optical zoom lens, capable of 2x optical and 2x digital zoom, and is paired with a 1/2.3″ 12MP CMOS sensor. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro’s camera will benefit from Hasselblad’s world renown color science, while the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom comes with a new “Super Resolution” mode that stitches nine images together onboard the drone itself to create one large composite.

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How Modern Day Documentary Photographers Use Medium Format Cameras

Digital medium format photography has experienced quite a change in the past few years.

How many of you photographers out there have studied the work of some of the greats and were in awe of the medium format look? If you’re reading this article, I’m positive that a number of you have. When it comes to documentary photography though, smaller formats have always dominated the scene. Why? Well, it’s easier to capture more critical moments with smaller formats due to how the laws of physics and depth of field work. But that doesn’t mean medium format fails to work. Lots of fantastic projects were done on medium format, and I’m positive that in the hands of the right photographers, digital medium format can do the same.

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The New Elbaflex is a Nikon F Mount SLR That Takes 35mm Film

The Ihagee Elbaflex is the first new Nikon F Mount Film SLR camera that we’ve seen in a while

It’s time to get excited about film all over again; the new Ihagee Elbaflex film SLR is going to be launching next week on Kickstarter. This camera joins a number of other analog film related products that have been in the works. So what’s so special about the Ihagee Elbaflex?

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Creating the Photograph: Tomasz Kedzierski’s “Tribute to Krzysztof Kieślowski”

Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Tomasz Kędzierski has been a pretty fantastic and creative analog film photographer for a while. We’ve featured his work a number of times on this website. Besides the Square Lips project, his homemade pinholes and his solarigraphy, he’s done some higher end work too. Most recently, he was working on a shoot where he was shooting with Provia 100, and to ensure that he got the shot right, he used a Leica Sofort first before switching back to his Hasselblad 501C.

Here’s his story.

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