Everyone needs a good, fast color stock. And with Fuji(not)Film discontinuing it’s excellent Natura 1600, it looks like we’re down to 4: Cinestill 800T, Fuji Superia X-TRA 800 (but for how long?), Kodak Portra 800, and Lomography Color 800. I’m sitting on a dozen rolls of frozen Natura, but that’s my retirement fund, so I’m looking for a good, fast color stock, so I picked up some Lomography 800 and took it for a spin. Continue reading “Lomography Color 800 – first rolls review”
I’m not sure where I got the itch for a 6×7 format camera, but I’ve had it for awhile. I thought seriously about buying an RB or RZ 67 camera some years ago when the prices were still cheap, and every now and again go looking at Mamiya 7s and Plaubel Makina 67s and Pentax 67s and just hang my head.
But there is one option out there where the price has actually come down… Roll Film Holders for 4×5 cameras. Continue reading “FP4Partying with the Cambo C2 roll film holder”
I don’t know why I jumped on the Lomo’Instant Square Kickstarter. Further, I don’t know why I went for the gorgeous Ginza Edition, with it’s orangey-brown leatherette and off-white plastic body. Sure, it’s pretty, but it was quite a bit more than the white, black, or Kickstarter editions. I do know why I splurged for the Mini back and a few packs of Instax Square film, but that’s about it, really.
But, boy, am I ever glad I did. Continue reading “Enter the Lomo’Instant Square”
I spotted this pretty little camera in the back of the jewelry case at my local Goodwill a month or so ago, hemmed and hawed for about 10 minutes, bought it, ran 3 rolls through it, then packed it up and sent it off to my EmulsiveSanta recipient last week. It’s not a bad camera at all, after all, it was one of Canon’s last compact film cameras, and by 2003 they surely knew what they were doing with auto-everything, point-and-shoot cameras, but I sent a camera in last year’s EmulsiveSanta thing (the Pentax Espio 35-70), so I felt obligated to send one this year too, and this little Canon Sure Shot 115u was the best camera I had that I felt comfortable gifting, so I said goodbye and off it went. Continue reading “Ah, Canon Sure Shot 115u, I hardly knew ya”
I’d seen Lomography’s ActionSampler camera before, but was never particularly tempted by it. Then I got Nathan Pearce‘s set of zines and saw the interesting work he does with it, so I started looking. After a little bit of hunting and hesitating, I found a brand new, second version, mislabeled as the “Cyber Sampler” for less than 1/3 of the retail price, so I jumped on it. Continue reading “Enter the ActionSampler”
With 17 days remaining in their campaign, Silberra are 17% of the way toward their goal of building a new film production facility and bringing multiple brand new film stocks to market. $115,000 is a lofty goal, but it seems reasonable, given their goals.
Yesterday, the Reflex Kickstarter started. Reflex is a modular 35mm SLR system. The body has built in flash and LED, meter, prism, etc. Backs are daylight-changable and the lens mount is available in M42 (standard), Nikon, Canon FD, Olympus OM, and Pentax PK, and also hot-swappable. This sounds like a sort of One-Camera-to-Rule-Them-All type thing. It’s really an interesting idea. At time of writing, they’re 2/3 of the way towards their goal, and it looks like they’ll reach it comfortably.
I don’t usually advertise, and I don’t have the reach of, say, Hamish and 35mmc, Mike at shootfilmco, or Em and Emulsive, but I encourage you to participate. I don’t have the bucks to back these at the level I’d like, but I put down some cash on both, and if you have the means, even $1 will help. We can bemoan the state of the analog photography industry, complain about Fuji and Ferrania and
Impossible Polaroid Originals, but when new companies come along that are honestly trying to bring new life to an industry we love, how can we but support them at whatever level we’re able?
So the Agfa Optima Sensor 535 wasn’t the camera I thought I was buying, wasn’t the camera I wanted, but after two rolls, I’m glad to have it: it’s really a great little camera. Continue reading “Agfa Optima Sensor 535, first rolls”