Plustek Announces New OpticFilm 120 Scanner

OpticFilm 120 Scanner

Plustek has announced a new film scanner – the OpticFilm 120, which handles film scans from 35mm film strips, slides, and 120/220 film formats from 6×4.5 up to 6×12.

The OpticFilm 120 includes an eight-element glass lens and stable LED light source, providing a measured resolution of 5,300 dpi. The scanner is bundled with SilverFast Ai Studio 8 by LaserSoft Imaging, which includes Multi-Exposure and iSRD

The OpticFilm 120 is compatible with Windows and Mac and connects via USB 2.0. The OpticFilm 120 retails for $1999.99. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Polaroid Bringing Back Red Pic-300 Instant Film Camera

Polaroid Pic-300

Polaroid is bringing back the red Pic-300 instant film camera for the holidays. The Polaroid 300 series has been a popular line of instant film cameras in recent years. According to Polaroid, the red version was in high-demand, and so they are bringing it back.

The Polaroid Pic-300 prints small, business card size photos and operates on AA batteries. The Pic-300 is available in blue, purple, black and now red for $69.99. Check them all out here at B&H Photo.

Fuji Instax Mini 90 Brings Retro Styling to Instant Film

Fuji Instax Mini 90

Taking a cue from its popular X-Series cameras, Fujifilm has announced the new Instax Mini 90 Neoclassic instant film camera.

Fuji’s Instax line has remained popular in the digital age with cameras like the Instax Mini 7S and Instax Mini 25 being some very popular cameras among Photography Bay readers. The tiny credit-card sized photos remain a hit for the sake of their instant gratification and analog nostalgia. [Read more...]

Polaroid PIC-300: Instant Film Strikes Back . . . At Your Wallet

Polaroid 300

Polaroid instant cameras are finally back in town.  The new Polaroid PIC-300 is the first instant camera to be introduced since the old Polaroid died and was born anew (recall, however, that we were teased with the Polaroid PIC-1000 mockups back at CES 2010).  The Polaroid PIC-300 is a consumer-oriented camera that uses the aptly-named Polaroid 300 Instant Film. However, all this comes at a price.

While the camera will only set you back about $90, the film will suck you dry at $10 for a 10-pack.  That’s $1 per exposure folks.

Ah, yes, now I recall why Polaroid died.

The Polaroid 300 format is also smaller than the traditional Polaroid sizes from back in the day.  Instead, you get Fuji Instax Mini sizes – about the same size print as a business card.

No doubt that there’s a fun factor to the new Polaroid PIC-300; however, you’ll have to be committed to your nostalgic ideals to jump on this bandwagon.  The Polaroid PIC-300 gives new meaning to the expression “make every frame count.”

For those who are willing, it looks like J&R is the only place (aside from Polaroid.com) where you can find the Polaroid PIC-300 right now.

Updated: It’s also available from Amazon.com here.

Full details on the rebirth of Polaroid instant cameras in the press release below. [Read more...]