Speed Magny Backs Turn Nikon F Cameras into Instant or Large Format Cameras

Screenshot image from the Speed Magny 45 video by Doug Bardwell

From the 1960s to the 1980s, photographers who wanted to check their lighting or churn out images for very quick reportage had a secret weapon: the Speed Magny. This interesting contraption allowed them to produce Polaroid prints with their Nikon F cameras. While the entire setup looks rather bulky and awkward, it was still marketed as the “Instant” Nikon.

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The “Taz Cam” Polaroid Camera Will Tug at Your Millennial Cartoon Loving Heart

When you use the Taz Cam, be sure to spin around in place as fast as you can

If you grew up in the late 80s and early 90s, you probably will remember the inspiration for the Taz Cam. You see, the Taz Cam was a Polaroid 600 camera specially designed and had a different exterior than most other Polaroid 600 cameras. It was sold for a short while in the 90s but the Polaroid Originals shop has a few of them available for purchase right now.

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First Impressions: Polaroid Pop (Square Format zINK Paper)

The Polaroid Pop isn’t from the company Polaroid Originals–and that’s absolutely showing in every single way. By all means, this is a digital camera designed to simulate the Polaroid and Instant film experience without using anything nearly close to the original film. The new zINK paper is designed to be more square in format to seem a bit more like what the Impossible Project tried for years to keep alive and that Polaroid Originals now manufactures. So at a recent event here in NYC, I had the chance to play with the Polaroid Pop. I’ve tried some of the company’s other cameras and I simply cannot get behind the idea of zINK. The Polaroid Pop is really no exception.

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Polaroid Offers Versatile and Bendable Lighting in a Portable Package

All images courtesy of Polaroid Flexible LED Lighting Panel listing on Amazon

Polaroid recently announced its Flexible LED Lighting Panel, a lightweight and bendable light source that promises to be a must-have accessory for photographers and videographers of all levels. If you’re always on the go, do a lot of location shoots, or would like to have a more portable and versatile light source, this new equipment could be useful for you.

The Flexible LED Lighting Panel can be shaped to your desired form and position because of its pliable flat-mat material. With this, you can produce focused control over the light’s direction and fall-off by simply molding and reshaping the panel. Measuring 12 x 12″, just 16mm thick, and weighs only one pound, this super slim lighting panel makes for a handy, ultra portable tool you can easily bring with you everywhere as part of your professional set-up.

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Impossible Project Launches Polaroid Originals on 80th Anniversary of Polaroid

Analog is in and everything that was old in new again! Today, in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Polaroid, the Impossible Project launched a new brand called Polaroid Originals that includes a new camera and film flavor.

The OneStep 2 is the first analog camera under the Polaroid brand since 2003 and the new film packs have been engineered to recall the dreamy nature of vintage black and white and color instant film. Continue reading…

Polaroid is Teasing a Very Big Return to Chemical Based Analog Instant Film Photography Right Now

Polaroid for many years now has been created a poor excuse for Instant Film in the form of Zink paper and prints with options borders, but a recent update from the company is teasing the return to their roots as an analog instant film based company. The Impossible Project has been working for years on resurrecting their film and can only get so far due to environmental standards; and Fujifilm has been the only other big manufacturer of instant film using chemicals and a full process to develop a photo. But earlier this year, one of the owners of the Impossible Project also acquired a large portion of Polaroid. So it was only a matter of time until some sort of return was being talked about–and I didn’t think that we’d be hearing news as early as September 13th, but it seems we are.

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What You Need to Know About Instant Film: The Beginner’s Guide to Polaroid Film, Fujifilm Instax, Impossible Project, and More.

When you think about instant film cameras, folks often say Polaroids, Instax, etc. But the truth is that not a lot of people truthfully know the difference between all the various options from manufacturers. Why? Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of it coming from the mainstream press. Many people just don’t understand Instant film–for years folks used it for fun and just to see what the images would look like when they got back to shooting their negative films.

So to help everyone out, here’s what you need to know.

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Polaroid’s New Flexible Twin Flash Lights May Get You Mistaken For An Alien

In the world of photography lighting, it seems that nothing is off limits, even odd dual flex lights meant for on camera use in macro photography. Polaroid, a brand that continues day by day to make us wonder how our necks aren’t giving out from shaking our heads, has announced their new [amazon_textlink asin=’B01DOIYG7W’ text=’Flexible Twin Flash Lights’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’42f6bf3e-881f-11e7-a3cd-6104c08e93b5′] for Macro Photographers. Continue reading…

The Beginner’s Tips on Using and Shooting Polaroids (or Impossible Project 600 Film)

Summer is the season of endless sunshine and vibrant colors, so this is the perfect time to add a fun twist to your photography game. Anastasia gives a few tips on how to get the best results.

Photography and text by Anastasia Egonyan – Model Chiara Lee –  Edited by Alex Burchell

You know I have been keen on instant photography lately, so as soon as I had a chance to continue my experiments this project was born, full of colours and a bit over the top. This time I am testing the new Polaroid 600 limited edition films, the Hot Pink and Mint Frames by Impossible Project. Our Licorne Girl, Chiara, fits perfectly into this concept and colour scheme, so with her eccentric style we had an inspiration for a shooting instantly. Coloured frames always give a bit of a challenge as they set some boundaries on how and what to shoot. I find such boundaries really cool because I love moving outside my comfort zone sometimes.

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Jamie Livingston’s Viral Polaroid Photo a Day Project is Being Made Into a Book

There’s been a viral video going around for a long time now about a photographer who shot one Polaroid photo every day: Jamie Livingston. Jamie’s story originally went viral years ago via Mental Floss when a writer stumbled upon a website with loads and loads of Polaroids. After a whole lot of digging around, the writer came to the conclusion that the photos belonged to Jamie Livingston and now a book of around 6,564 Polaroids are being showcased. For the uninitiated, Jamie was a cinematographer and MTV video editor.

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Film Buffs: Here’s a List of Every Polaroid Camera Ever Made

Over on R/Polaroid, U/Grandberries posted a pretty comprehensive list of every Polaroid film camera ever made and breaks it down into further categories. The list includes a whole lot of cameras and has been improved and added to by the community who typically shoots lots of Instant film of all types that actually involve chemical processing in order to make the photo come to life.

What you should know is that some of the cameras take roll film but with some modifications, they’ve found new life shooting pack film and Instax Wide film. But in addition to that, there are SX-70 film cameras and others that Impossible Project provides support for these days.

Go ahead and check out the list!

This is How the Polaroid Was First Explained When It Was a New Concept

Years ago, the idea of how a Polaroid worked needed to be explained to the general public simply because the public’s understanding how photography worked was so much different from everything else. To that end, Polaroid needed to put out an ad to the public to explain how their image taking process worked. You see, for many years people believed that you needed to shoot a photo, bring it into the darkroom and then get your negative or positive print back.

But the Polaroid promised to deliver an end to the darkroom so to speak.

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Is Fujifilm Instax Real Film? Answer: Yes! Here’s Why

Believe it or not, the younger generation that loves Fujifilm Instax film doesn’t even believe that it’s film. That’s what we were told a while back from Fujifilm, but photographer Robert Mann believes otherwise. He recently put together a video as part of a series talking about Fujifilm Instax and explaining why the instaprints (yes, that’s what they’re also called) are indeed film as well as the history.

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A Final, Heartbroken Goodbye to Fujifilm FP 100-C Instant Film

For years, I’ve been in love with Fujifilm 100-C peel apart film. It’s beautiful; or at least it was beautiful. As many photographers know, it’s been discontinued though there are talks from third parties about bringing it back. And as a younger photographer who started casually in film, got serious in digital, then very serious in film again, what personally breaks my heart so much is that I discovered (way too late) the absolute fun and extended magic of working not only with the film’s positive photos but also the negatives.

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Phrame.it Protects Your Polaroid Prints From Fading Due to UV Light

One of the biggest problems with prints from the Impossible Project has to do with how UV light degrades the images over time–but a new solution from Phrame.it is looking to counter that issue. The Kickstarter initiative is for the creation of picture frames with acrylic glass designed to protect your images from UV light while also giving the appearance that the image is floating in air. If you’re a person that shoots a whole load of Impossible Project film, then it makes a whole lot of sense for you to show off your snaps this way vs putting them in a box shielded from the light of day.

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The Phoblographer Answers: Why Does Instant Film Not Work So Well in Cold Weather?

If you’re one of those photographers who uses Instax film, Impossible Project film, or have your hands on a little bit of Fujifilm Peel Apart, then you’ve probably noticed just how frustrating it can be to use instant film in cold weather. This is an issue photographers have been facing for a really long time, but if you consider it carefully you’ll realize how much it makes sense.

In this short article, we’ll explain exactly what happens.

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The Polaroid Land Camera is Now 70 Years Old

For many of us, the news of the Polaroid Land Camera turning 70 years old this year will be one that brings back some nostalgia. But others don’t necessarily know what the Polaroid Land Camera was. You need, the Land Camera was designed to shoot an instant photo and worked with a rangefinder focusing system to do just that. Most of them have an old-timey vintage feel with a proper bellows, aperture, shutter, etc.

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Impossible Project Polaroid 600 Review and Test

This is a syndicated blog post from Licorne Magazine. Originally done by Anastasia Egonyan. I personally encourage all of you to go ahead and follow them. If you love analog film photography be sure to also support our Kickstarter, which Anastasia is also a part of!

Some time ago, a parcel was delivered to my home with a polaroid camera and a bunch of different films from the Impossible Project, one of the coolest and funkiest companies of today. The level of excitement I felt at that moment, while removing the packaging and going through the contents, was unbelievable; I just could not wait to start playing with the new toy I got.

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This Books Of Chocolate Polaroid Nudes Won’t Melt In Your Pocket (NSFW)

Instant film has been growing in popularity with systems like Fujifilm’s Instax being some of the most popular photography purchases on Amazon and other sites. But those still utilizing the older Polaroid style technology are finding less and less options, even with the likes of Impossible Project doing their damnedest to keep that system alive.

Polaroid Chocolate was one of the last Instant films that Polaroid actually produced in limited quantities. It is incredibly rare, and that is what makes this photobook on IndieGoGo so special. Photographer Brian Bruno is putting together a book of artistic nudes that were shot on this rare Polaroid Chocolate film, and he is seeking your support and taking pre-orders via his IndieGoGo campaign. Continue reading…

A Short Conversation with Florian “Doc” Kaps about Instant Film

Analog photography has made a comeback in big ways–with digital photography making things less personal and more fleeting there’s obviously a need and want for something that’s truly an original. Companies like The Impossible Project, Lomography, and others are doing well. And a new book by Florian “Doc” Kaps called Polaroid looks to give us the history and story of the medium.

Mr. Kaps and his team were adamant about preventing Polaroid’s extinction in 2008 with The Impossible Project, and in this book he collects over 250 Polaroids to tell the story of the medium. From Edwin Land’s development of instant film in the 1940s to its resurgence today, Doc explores Polaroid’s influence on visual culture through found portraits, anthropology, erotica, fashion, and fine art.

And more importantly: the inventor of the Polaroid was actually a woman.

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Gifts Ideas for the Polaroid Photo Fanatic

Instant film has had a sort of reemergence with the ever growing popularity of Fujifilm’s Instax cameras, and Impossible Project’s various cameras and instant films. There are a lot of new converts to the instant film phenomenon, but there are also plenty of old timers who came up with polaroids and that classic instant film.

Today we are taking a look at six great gifts for the instant film fanatic,l: everything from film to cameras. So let’s get started!

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