Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome is Guaranteed to Be Gorgeous

We didn’t think it would happen, but Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome is real!

Fujifilm’s Instax Wide format never really got the love the Instax Mini format did, but with the announcement of the new Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome film, photographers are getting another option. The film follows in the footsteps of Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome in that it’s essentially the black and white version of the emulsion and designed to be used with Instax Wide cameras. The most advanced option on the market is the Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide, which we gave a lot of praise to and that other photographers modify. You can even shoot it in Land cameras.

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The Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide Gets a Legitimate Modification

All images by Albertino. Used courtesy of his website and blog post.

In many ways, the Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide an almost perfect Instant film camera except for the fact that it doesn’t have manual exposure abilities. But Albertino, the same man that designed the Lego Instax camera, finally has his own hack. The hack involves taking the lens off the camera and using a third party one mounted to it.

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Better Travel Photography With Your Phone

Travel photography and capturing the best moments is sometimes best left to your phone lest your big camera looks intimidating to people around you. As it is, modern smartphones have very capable cameras that do a great job as long as you use them just right. On top of that, when you’re traveling you don’t need a load of gear like 24-70mm lenses or 300mm primes all the time. Instead, you can create photos that you’ll love with whatever is in your pocket.

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Review: Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomo'Instant Wide product photos (10 of 10)ISO 2001-30 sec at f - 2.0

Instant film is something that seriously tugs at my heart; so when the Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide was announced, I was really hoping that Lomo would find a way to appeal to the higher end user that wants to balance creativity with technical know-how. The camera is a beast, and with rangefinder style ergonomics can even be tough to hold for someone not used to rangefinders.

But with all that aside, Lomography has delivered what could possibly be the best modern instant film camera that you can get your hands on right now. At the same time, it could be better!

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5 Modern Instant Film Cameras Just for Fun

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Modern Instant Film Camera post (1 of 1)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

When it comes to having fun in photography, some of the most can be had with Instant film cameras. Not only do they bring us back to a totally different time where images were tactile objects, but they print a single moment that can’t be duplicated. Modern Instant film cameras have largely forgone the manual controls of many of their predecessors and are mostly focused on the photographer being as non-technical as they can.

Again, it’s about fun: seeing what will pop up, doing the work to get the image right, and looking at the images together with someone else.

Here are five modern instant film cameras you’ll want to get your hands on.

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The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 DI VC USD Has 9 Aperture Blades

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A while back, Tamron stated that they were working on a killer wide angle zoom lens in the form of the 15-30mm f2.8 lens. Today, the company has made it official. So what’s so special about this lens? Well according to reports, it’s supposed to be able to work with 50MP sensors. But that hasn’t proven yet. What we indeed do know is that it has an f2.8 constant aperture throughout the range.

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens has 18 elements in 13 groups, an XGM lens element at the front (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical), an eBAND coating to prevent reflections, nine aperture blades, and a fluorine coating on the front element.

We’re working on calling one in for review. Want one? Adorama currently lists them for $1,199 and has free shipping for Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLR mounts.

Fujifilm’s Latest Special Edition of Instax Wide Film Has a Floral Lace Design Border

Instax Wide Spring Pack 7

In a super quiet announcement, Fujifilm has released a special edition of their Instax Wide instant film for the wedding crowd. Indeed, loads of folks have these cameras at weddings–so it’s the perfect target audience. What’s so special about this film though is the floral lace border just for wedding folks.

Instax Wide cameras, just like all other Instax cams, are fully automatic. This film is rated at ISO 800 and is meant to only be used in the wide cameras. Instax film, unlike the more professional stuff, doesn’t require a long waiting time or peeling apart to get the image. Instead, you’ll just shake it like a Polaroid picture (we had to say it.) Except this is Fuji, not Polaroid.

It’s available for $20.95 at Adorama in a twin pack.

Here is the New Wide Angle 1 Series Lens from Nikon and the Confused 10-100mm Zoom

Nikon 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR

Nikon previously announced that this 6.7-13mm VR lens was in production and now it has come to fruition. This wide angle zoom will give consumers a fresh new perspective and I feel those who can afford it will enjoy what it has to offer. Nikon is putting some muscle behind the 1 Series and putting out lenses at a pace faster than other new formats.

Nikon just needs to focus on slowing the introduction of overlapping lenses and focus on new glass to help diversify the lineup (announcing the 32mm f/1.2 lens would be nice). While Nikon has also introduced what seems to be an awesome 10-100mm lens, it is the third lens to cover a similar focal length since the format’s recent release.
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Lomography Introduces New LC-A Wide Camera

The Lomography company has been hinting and teasing their fans with glimpses and other tasty bits as of recent: and today they are happy to announce the new LC-A Wide camera. The company, who I’ve known for a while has been trying to shed their products being called, “toy cameras” have taken their highly beloved LC-A camera and essentially added a super wide angle 17mm F/4.5 Minigon lens to it. Lomography is also touting that users can, “go wild day or night with three different formats to choose from.” Indeed, users can choose from full-, square- or half-format. So that means that a 36 exposure roll of film can become a 72 roll: which sounds a bit like the old Olympus Pen cameras.

Press release, samples, and images are after the jump. I’m going to their party tonight in Midtown, NYC and will hopefully get some fondling time with the new camera.

On a personal note though, F/4.5 isn’t exactly my aperture of choice if I’m shooting at night.

The camera is available today for $389, while the instant back add-on for the camera will be $24.90. You can also read more on their microsite.

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