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Instant Film News, 110 Camera Reviews etc

My thanks to Nic Nichols and his excellent blog Four Corners Dark from where I gleaned much of this information.

Paddling, taken with a Polaroid SX-70 camera

Paddling – taken with an Polaroid SX-70 camera

I’ve been a bit crook with the flu so having an informative resource like Four Corners Dark to read whilst locked away (to prevent me inflicting my bugs on anyone else) feeling muzzy headed is a boon. Of course there are a lot of great toy camera related sites out there (just check the links on the sidebar or the sites of interest page) but I have been getting a lot of enjoyment reading Nic’s latest reviews and news, not the least of which the latest reviews with accompanying results of a couple of cool little (and I mean little) Cameras from Superheadz Ina Babylon, the demekin 110 format fisheye camera (that’s right!) and the ikimono, another 110 format camera that takes more conventional shots. You can read Nic’s reviews here:
The Demekin
The Ikimono

Again through reading Nic’s blog, I found out more good news about the future of instant film, in particular Polaroid, you may remember my post on The Impossible Project a while back, well it seems things have progressed read more about it at Dave Bias (one of the co-founders of Save Polaroid)

4 Comments

  1. Ben LoganNo Gravatar wrote:

    “Paddling” is a beautiful Polaroid. I’m sure I’m not the first to make this observation, but it looks like a painting – Rembrant? It reminds me of that other great one of yours featuring that exotic bird on the beach – you know the one?

    Friday, April 3, 2009 at 14:40 | Permalink
  2. CameronNo Gravatar wrote:

    Thanks very much Ben, I think I know the one you mean…the Pelican shot?

    Monday, April 6, 2009 at 17:32 | Permalink
  3. Ben LoganNo Gravatar wrote:

    Yes. That’s the one. There’s something very “Saturday Evening Post” about it. Dr. Seuss-like too. I still marvel that it’s an actual photograph – a portrait from reality reflected by a simple mechanical and chemical process. What magic!

    Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 08:09 | Permalink
  4. CameronNo Gravatar wrote:

    Hi Ben, I was interested to hear your impressions on the Pelican photo. The magic that simple mechanical and chemical process can produce is what keeps me coming back to analogue (and particularly lo-tech) photography again and again.

    As you know Diane Arbus said “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”

    but the quote I really like from her is:

    “The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way”

    - that’s how I feel with analogue photography, and I’m sure there are many who may feel it applies to digital photography as well, but to me, it speaks to my analogue soul.

    Sure, you can get some wonderful photographs from digital cameras, but the random surprises that I get from the simple plastic cameras I favour are something else again, and something that I don’t think one would be getting from most digital cameras unless the images were digitally treated, post-processed or whatever. I am yet to pop a plastic lens in front of a full frame sensor, I think then we may start to get closer to the effects I love.
    Having said that when you take the synergy of lens, basic shutter/aperture settings coupled with the vagaries of different film characteristics (expired or otherwise) and what can happen in the development process, well, taking all that into account, I think the variables that produce the magic are still beyond the reach of any algorithm or filter. As with any viewpoint, I am always happy to be proved wrong, if the Harinezumi camera is any indication of what can be achieved with digital when a company sets out to produce a camera with certain characteristics in mind, then perhaps we are getting closer to there being something that approaches the magic.

    Cheers and thanks again Ben!

    Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 12:04 | Permalink

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