Analogue Wonderland Now Has One of the Few Female-Led Film Labs

We’re always super stoked when a new film-lab opens open. But if you add a dash of inclusivity, and our staff goes pretty wild. The folks over at the Analogue Wonderland are opening up their own processing lab in the UK. But what’s even better is that it’s being lead by Marina Llopis of IFWEFILM. With that said, Analogue Wonderland is one of the few female-led film labs in the world. I truly wish we didn’t live in a world where that needs to be said, but it’s pretty obvious. The traditional photography world and the way things have been done are very stale and not inclusive. And so, we’re welcoming and commending Analogue Wonderland on doing the forward-thinking thing. We talked with Marina Llopis about her passions, the challenges of opening a film lab in 2021, and the love of film.

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Not an April Fool’s Joke: Fujifilm Superia Gets More Expensive

We want to make it incredibly clear that this piece of news isn’t an April Fool’s Joke: those are coming later today.

“Really, on April Fool’s Day?” is what I said to our Fujifilm reps about the news of the price increase. Following the news of the reintroduction of the Quicksnap waterproof yesterday, there’s more film news. Fujifilm is increasing the price of Superia starting today. The price of their professional films is staying the same. But for what it’s worth, the secret is now officially out. Loads of film photographers have used Superia as a cheap option and because it’s genuinely gorgeous. Like a gentrified neighborhood, the party is over, and prices are going up. In fact, Superia isn’t really the only one going up.

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Kenneth Libbrecht: Photographing Lab-Made Snowflakes

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All images by Kenneth Libbrecht. Used with permission.

Here in America, Global Warming is becoming more and more apparent because it’s freakin’ November and I barely need a light jacket here in New York we’re prepping for the cold, and that means snow. In turn, that means lots of photographers trying to photograph snowflakes. So who better to help you than a man that grows them in a lab?

Kenneth G. Libbrecht is one of the authors of a book called The Snowflake: Winter’s Frozen Artistry, which is being released in collaboration with Rachel Wing. Kenneth is a Professor of Physics, and has an interest in the molecular dynamics of crystal growth. That lead him to become interesting in deposition–the process of a gas becoming a solid. In his lab, he studies how ice crystals grow from water vapor.

But he also got really into capturing the process as it happens.

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DxOMark States that the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus is the Best Portrait Lens Yet

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus product images review (2 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.0

DxOMark recently finished their evaluation of the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus lens in the labs. And according to them, it’s the best performing 85mm lens that they’ve tested. Indeed, with a $4,490 price tag we would expect the same thing. According to them, the two Otus lenses perform just as well as the company’s 135mm f2 on Canon DSLRs. But when it comes to Nikon DSLRs, the 55mm Otus slightly edged out the 85mm. Additionally, it outperforms any other 85mm lens out there–which only makes sense given the high end audience that this lens was designed for.

The company’s finding reaffirm ours in our real world test of the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus. We found the 55mm to be slightly sharper and also found the bokeh on the 135mm f2 to be better. Granted that’s a longer focal length.

Head on over to our full review of the Otus for more.