KONO! Sunstroke and Moonstruck Now in Special Edition Single Use Cameras

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.

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KONO! Launches New Funky 35mm Film, Introduces Original Six Pack

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.”

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KONO! Has Two New Black and White Film Emulsions for Analog Photographers

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.

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Dubble and KONO! Introduce New Monsoon and Bubblegum Tinted 35mm Films

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.

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KONO! and Dubble Team Up to Create Sunstroke and Moonstruck 35mm Film Emulsions

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.

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KONO! Films Now Come in Single Rolls

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.

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Konost Digital Rangefinder Will Have A Custom Image Sensor; Release Q3 and Q4 2017

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.

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Konost Digital Rangefinder Project Will Be Updated By Year End

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.

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Review: KONO! Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film (35mm)

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.

Editor’s Note: This is our experimentation with a full, single page post as part of our evolving website redesign. Let us know your thoughts.

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KONO! Donau Film is Rated at ISO 6

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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.

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Photographer Brooks Sterling on Shooting Surfing with a Nikonos

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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.

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The Konost FF is a Digital Rangefinder and Could Challenge Leica

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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.

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Yodica Films Are All ISO 400 and Have Cool Names Like Pegasus

If you’re craving for more colors and cool effects in your film photography, Yodica offers a lot of fun options for you to try.

Can’t get enough of those emulsions with various creative effects and crazy colors? These films from companies like Revolog, KONO!, and Dubble remain popular creative tools for experimental film photographers, and we can’t deny that they can definitely produce some pretty surreal results. We recently got word of Yodica, a Milan-based brand that offers a pretty cool roster of these fun films. They’re looking into launching their website and a new film soon, so if you’re looking for more options to those quirky emulsions, you might want to keep an eye on their goodies.

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Photographers: We Should Start Calling Photo Theft as “Piracy of Images”

We’re so used to our images being stolen and us saying that the images are stolen, but are they really?

I genuinely believe that as a photography community, we need to redefine the idea of photo theft. The inference from this comes from a nearly 10 year blog post about copying and piracy. Both the music and video industries have far more money than us as photographers and have been able to figure out a way to stand up for their rights in order to get more money and have the issues they want policed thoroughly. And so the post, along with a lot of what’s been happening with copyrights in the photography world have been really making me think about the idea of photo theft.

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How Close Should You Be to a Portrait Subject When Shooting With a 35mm Lens?

Modern day 35mm lenses are quite good; so good that they’re good enough for portraits.

Many photographers swear by their 35mm lenses and almost never want to shoot with anything else. The reason for this is because it so closely simulates what the human eye sees and so it’s easy for a photographer to go out there and shoot a scene just the way that they see it. That would be great, if 35mm lenses were absolutely perfect. While they’ve greatly improved, 35mm lenses are still not perfect and when used for portraiture still can’t replace or do what a proper telephoto focal length can. But with patience, you can figure out how to make the most of a 35mm lens for portraiture.

Here are some quick visual tips.

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Anas Kamal Documents the Hazards of Lime Quarrying in Egypt

All photos by Anas Kamal. Used with Creative Commons permission.

The reality of working conditions around the world remains one of the most important subjects explored through documentary photography. So it’s only but proper for us to put the spotlight on projects as poignant as The White Mountain by Anas Kamal, which reveals to us the harsh environment that white lime quarry workers find themselves in, day in and day out. If you’re looking for fine examples of documentary photography projects today, we’re sure this one is worth the look.

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Dubble Announces Stereo-Inspired “Transitional” Specialty Film

Dubble is at it again; a new treat for film photographers with a taste for the fun and the experimental.

Are you a film photographer looking for something fun to shoot with? Count on Dubble to deliver exactly that. This time, it’s another vibrant film (why of course) called STEREO. As you probably have guessed, the name alludes to the 3D red and cyan glasses once used to view stereo photographs. This inspiration comes alive in the STEREO as yet another experimental emulsion Dubble crafted in collaboration with revolog, and is described as a “transitional specialty film”. And it does just that, with a full frame starting in red tint then gradually fading into full frame in blue tint. So, essentially, you get two different hues, and twice the fun in your snaps!

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Film Photography: Alive and Clicking in the 21st Century

There are now over 200 different film choices available for film photographers!

This has been driven by a fantastic twelve months of innovation and is a critical milestone for an industry that was on its knees a short decade ago. It is also a great opportunity for the community to celebrate! Here at Analogue Wonderland we have been thoroughly enjoying the celebrations. But we have also taken the moment to reflect on our sales data, breaking down the 200+ films available to understand exactly what is driving the film explosion and expanding on what we can hope for in the coming years.

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Dubble Celebrates First Birthday With the Super Colorful JELLY 35mm Film Emulsion

Can’t get enough of colors that pop? Think your photos could use some extra colors? The new JELLY film by Dubble and KONO! will surely paint your photos with rainbow hues! 

Attention, film photographers! It’s Dubble’s first birthday and they came up with something fitting to celebrate. Say hello to the new JELLY film, which is also Dubble’s fifth launch in collaboration with KONO! The Reanimated Film. This new offering is a pre-exposed 35mm C41 film that promises to drench your snaps with brilliant colors. Think you can use it to paint your everyday photos in multi-colored hues? How about making your party snaps drip with psychedelia? Either way, looks like this new film should never go missing in your stash!

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The Standard 4×5 Lets You Build Your Own Modular Large Format Camera

Building your own camera is always a bright idea, so you might want to give The Standard 4×5 modular DIY large format camera a shot.

If you think you’d like to progress from making your own pinhole cameras to something bigger and more complicated, we’ve found just the right stuff for you. Photographer Drew Nikonowicz offers to give you a head start to building your own large format camera through The Standard 4×5, currently being funded on Kickstarter.

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Op Ed: What I’d Love to See in a Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

This is the year we’re bound to see a Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera.

When the reports of a brand new Nikon full frame mirrorless camera were hitting the newswires, I became very excited at the possibilities. It means Nikon is once again doing something incredibly brave since the creation of their 1 Series cameras, even with making all their newest lenses part of their new E moniker. They’re going to surely be gunning after Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic and so we came up with a few possibilities that could present itself in this new camera.

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