instant photography Tag

Well, let's face it - as I was using a modern digital camera to capture some of the sights in the 2022 PhotoLive Expo at the Novotel, Langley, it was a dead cert that at least one of the trade stand operators was going to be able to say that to me. Had I been using a Speed Graphic with PF100 blue flashbulbs and a 6-inch reflector, it might have been another story . That sort of thing is always a temptation...

Does it ever seem as if your entire existence is played out in shades of black, grey, and white? And that you find it unsatisfactory? This is not a dig at the people who are restricted by various degrees of colour vision deficiency. They live cheerfully, and I wish them well. They may even have an advantage over me in certain circumstances. What I am decrying is increasing emphasis in design for the boring choices; black, white, and grey. I recognise the elegance of it in some cases, but long for a spike of some other colour to brighten things. In fact I think I need a boost right now...

I was a bit non-plussed while reading the Photokina reports this year at the strange things that were being introduced. Some of them seemed a little odd as marketing choices. Now I have had a chance to see one of them in the shop and I am somewhat reconciled.The Sofort camera from Leica seemed a strange departure for a company that had always been known for extremely professional and extremely expensive cameras and lenses. It was, after all, an instant camera with some sort of connection to the Japanese Fujifilm Instax line. If the designers were not the same people, they at least did lunch together. Sushi and sauerbraten?The actual camera in the shop is really rather nice, and the colour decision for the blue and brown panels is delightful. Very Germanic in a high fashion way. The operation would appear to be pretty near that of the Instax line and the resultant print very much so. Note that Leica are wisely not re-branding the film packets.What they are doing is providing some fun accessories with the basic system...

We all know the theories of colour as it is used in flat art work - warm colours advance, cool colours recede. Purple indicates distance in landscapes. Pink is reserved for Mme. Pompadour and Jayne Mansfield. Yellow is the colour of insanity, etc. etc. Whole semesters at Art School are given up to trying to define terms like "Puce" or "Taupe".For that matter, some of the best brains in the country are kidnapped each year and chained to desks in advertising agencies where they are compelled to invent new names for spray paint colours. "Boogalicious Burgundy" and "Semipalatinsk Sludge " were two that won awards.Colour is used to sell cameras...

If thou hast a duck face, prepare to make it - the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 SelfieMachine is upon us and no restroom in the land is safe. There will be selfies everywhere.Not that there aren't right now, but this little camera makes them differently - It is easy to hold, easy to line up, and easy to make a permanent record for whoever is with you at the time.The concept of the instant picture is as old as I am, and I'm starting to turn brown in patches and faded at the edges. But you need not worry - the Fujifilm instant film in the Instax Mini packs is full-coloured and self-sealing. It will develop right in your hand in 90 seconds and remain pretty near the same for ever after.The Instax Mini 70 pushes out credit-card size photos from 10-sheet packs. While all the chemistry is sealed inside the packs themselves, the camera draws power for flash and processing from 2 of the CR 2 lithium batteries in the handle. Don't worry - you get a couple to...

Trolling through the internet this weekend I found a DP Review post saying that the Fujifilm company will discontinue their packs of FP 100C instant film. These are the packs with 10 exposures inside that fit into the Hasselblad, Rollei, Polaroid, and other holders - the 100 series size. They got rid of their production of of the 4 x 5 packs a couple of years ago.I am saddened, but with no involvement in the HB or 4 x 5 world at present, I cannot say that I will be injured by it. Those people who still take preliminary exposures with their Hasselblad film cameras or proof out other things on other cameras will be stranded eventually. The small newsagents and others who use the Polaroid four-lens cameras to take passport photographs will be hardest hit.Mind you, they were hard hit even when supplies were readily available - the business of getting a picture with a chemical instant print that satisfies the computer whizz kids of the airport passport controls - and the grey sleeveless minds of the DFAT -...

More fun and a lot easier to park.Lomo have just sent us some of their new Lomography instant cameras. They run under the term LOMO'INSTANT - with one of those floating apostrophes that so maddens teachers of English. In this case the makers should be forgiven because the product is actually quite nice.It is an instant film camera that takes the Fujifilm INSTAX cartridge and spits out paper prints that develop in 90 seconds outside the camera. You'll need Fujifilm INSTAX film for it as the kit has no film pack in there - you'll also need to get some AAA batteries if you plan on shooting directly on Christmas morning.The black example you see in the pictue is the camera on its own - it has a wide-angle lens built in - the equivalent of a 27mm focal length. There seem to be two focusing ranges for it - 1 metre to infinity and a closeup position of 40 to 90 cm. This is selected by a lever on the right hand side of the lens standard.The shutter has...

And well I do. Large. Heavy. Complex. Precise. The do-all camera for advertising studio work and art copying in the film era.We're talking about a Mamiya RB67 here - a big single lens reflex set up with a close-up bellows, synchronised lenses, instant film back and roll-film holders - as well as sheet film holders with dark slides. All in pristine condition - legacy of a quasi-government agency that quasi-didn't use it. So all the juicy goodness is still fresh inside.Mamiya's have good lenses and are not too hard to use. Not as intuitive as a Hasselblad, but still do-able. And the internal bellows extension makes it - makes it the camera system for close-ups. As long as you do not see yourself scaling Bluff Knoll with it slung over your  sagging shoulders, you should be fine.Come see it and think up a good use for it....