You’ll no longer be able to develop a roll of Kodachrome, which ceased production in 2009. The last developer in world with chemicals to develop the iconic film will run out of those chemicals . . . today.
Check out the great video below that gives you a little taste of Kodachrome history. [click to continue…]
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.”
Polaroid film died a while back, but then was reborn with plans to re-release the old instant film cameras and the famous Color 600 instant film. We got our first sneak peek at what the new Polaroid film cameras will look like when they hit the storefronts later this year. It looks like Polaroid will be offering some unique finishes for the new instant shooter, including a wood-grain finish as shown in the mockup above. The new camera will be called the PIC 1000 and should cost less than $100. [click to continue…]
Polaroid film, which appeared to be dead not too long ago, looks to be coming back to market. This resurgence of the brand is thanks to a 5-year licensing deal with the owners of the Polaroid brand and Summit Global Group. It looks like Summit will reintroduce many of the famous Polaroid film formats and, as a result, many of the old instant cameras will be given new life.
In a report from Amateur Photographer, we learned that Vivitar and Kodak are joining forces to bring a new Kodak-branded 35mm SLR back to the market and attempt to create a now-niche foothold for film users.
‘Vivitar has plans to develop a Kodak SLR camera similar to the Vivitar V3000s,’ said Vivitar UK CEO Abbas Bhanji who added: ‘The planned KV100 is, at the moment, at the development stages and once released will be aimed at educational institutes who specialise in traditional photography.’
I, for one, welcome this development with fond memories of my Ricoh KR Super II. Best wishes to Kodak and Vivitar in this endeavor. Maybe Kodak will bring back HIE-135 as well?