Polaroid Instant Film Making a Comeback


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.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Fuji Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera

Fuji Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera

The Fuji Instax Mini 7S instant camera is becoming available in the US. The Instax cameras have been available overseas for many years.  While the professional market has had the Instax 200 instant camera since last year, consumers have been without many options in the instant film department, particularly since Polaroids have dried up.

The Instax Mini 7S  uses ISO 800 speed film and produces a 2″ x 3″ instant print.  It should be available September 2009 at an initial retail price of $95.99, while the film will retail for $19.99 for a 10-pack.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Reader Question: Moving from Film to Digital

Nikon F65

Pretty often these days I receive questions in regards to cameras, photography, tech etc. Earlier today I received a Facebook message from a college friend who wanted and needed Nikon advice. Here’s what he had to say:

I always see your status updates about cameras, so maybe you’re the right person to ask about this….I have a Nikon N55, and something is wrong with it, I ended up buying up to a used N75 just so that I can keep using film, until I decide to spend some serious money on a digital camera…But, should I look into fixing the N55, or should I bury it, and say my prayers?

hope all is well man.

I’d be grateful for any help you could provide.



Truthfully Camilo, you’re much better off replacing it with something along the lines of a D90, D300 or even a D700 depending on your photography habits. There are chances that Nikon may not support those cameras anymore as they try to focus mostly on their digital photography and replacing units like that is hard to do as pieces and specific parts aren’t made anymore. I had a similar problem while trying to fix/replace my mom’s Olympus OM77. [Read more...]

Kodak SLR Brings Film Back Into the Picture

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?

Help Save Kodak HIE-135 Infrared Film

Kodak HIE-135Since Kodak announced its plans to discontinue HIE-135 film . . .

KODAK is preannouncing the discontinuance of several smaller running families of Professional film – EPR, EPN and High Speed Infrared (HIE) effective end of December 2007. Demand for these products has been declining significantly in recent years, and it is no longer practical to continue to manufacture given the low volume, the age of the product formulations and the complexity of the processes involved.

We will continue to ship product through the end of this year. (Kodak.com)

. . . James C. Williams has started a jihad to save it.

Important to this cause is the fact that Kodak is listening:

Below I have copied an email I just sent to Patrick Hamilton, Public Relations Director, Kodak CDG EAMER: patrick.hamilton@kodak.com

Mr. Hamilton has encouraged me to write Kodak and is aware that I am attempting to start an email campaign to save HIE-135. He has assured me that he will get the messages to the appropriate people.

You can see James’ email to Kodak, along with emails from others, on this thread over at Photo.net.

If you shoot film or have been thinking about shooting film, consider picking up a roll of HIE-135 from B&H Photo or Calumet, a couple of the few places that I’ve been able to find it online. Thirteen bucks isn’t much for a good deed this time of year (I’ve ordered a roll from B&H for myself). Also, send an email to Patrick Hamilton at Kodak if you like the stuff.

UPDATE:  Kodak has heard the voices of many and still refuses to keep HIE-135 alive.  Amatuer Photographer published a portion of Kodak’s statement on the matter:

While we very much appreciate the correspondence we’ve received from some photographers – who use our infrared film and would like to be able to purchase it in 2008 and beyond – the fact is the decline in the use of infrared film has been so substantial over the years that it is no longer practical for Kodak to continue to manufacture the film given the extremely low demand and volume, the age of the product formulations and the complexity of the processes involved.