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NEWS: Lomography introduces the LomoGraflok 4×5 Instant Back!

September 4, 2020

Lomography has been busy designing an instant back for 4×5 cameras that will use Instax Wide film, unlocking the door to instant film in large format once again! It is going to be compatible with Graflok equipped cameras (which is most out there).

For quite some time peel-apart film hasn’t been made, and what stocks of it are left have risen to astronomical prices. Lomo has pulled it out of the bag here in making instant film more accessible, easier & economical! Lomography says “It’s the perfect addition to the large format toolkit” and I couldn’t agree more.

Whether its for experimentation before you take that critical shot or being able to use the wide range of lenses and movements large format cameras can provide, either way instax film will bring something interesting and fun to the format

Whilst I have a great deal of respect for DIY photographers who have already achieved similar results by ‘hacking’ their own ways to shoot instax film with LF cameras, I’ve always been nervous to try that sort of thing myself believing I’d mess it up. The Lomography Lomograflok solves those issues at a price that I think is really reasonable.

I’m very excited to get my hands on it! A world of possibilities has reopened and I can’t wait to see what the community create with it.

Lomography is currently offering 10% off the final retail price if you preorder with an expected delivery date of April 2021.

Preorder price £116

Final retail price (upon release) £129

Battery Type 4 X AA-size (LR6)
Film Format Instax Wide
Exposure Area 99 mm × 62 mm
Frame Counter Auto Frame Counter
Material Plastic
Film advance Automatic
Dimensions 181 mm (H) × 120 mm (W) × 50 mm (D)
Weight Approx. 500
Mount Type Standard 4×5 Graflok
Focal Plane Approx. 19 mm backward, compensated by focusing mask (included with purchase)

You can pick it up here!

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  • Reply
    James T
    September 4, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Sounds an interesting idea.
    One obvious limitation is the 19mm offset of the film plane relative to the normal place (presumably necessary because of the film packet design). This will, on many cameras, preclude the use of wide angle lenses.

  • Reply
    September 5, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    I’m excited by this but then reminded that none of my Graflex cameras have a Graflok back so I either need to pick up Graflex number 4 to use this, or admire from afar.

  • Reply
    Edmond Z
    September 6, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Sorry if I’m getting a bit snarky, but does it mean we will see more of these “news” with the same marketing provided pictures and copy-pasted texts as on every other photo portal?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      September 6, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      Yep, looks like it
      Though, actually most of this was Josh’s excited opinion rather than copy/paste. And actually, there have been about 150 new articles before this. So actually probably no, there won’t be many more, just the same as their has been.
      Also, this article wasn’t in the place of anything else – it was just a third article that went out on Friday.
      And, just a tip – you can always just ignore the stuff you’re not interested in 👍

  • Reply
    Edmond Z
    September 7, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Yeah I think I was in a bad mood when I wrote that. I have worked for the web for too long (including for big newspapers) and know how these things work. It is always a balance, and you’re not doing too bad honestly. Most of the content here is still fresh and unique, can’t say the same about most popular photo sites. Again I’m sorry, this one really triggered me for some reason.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      September 7, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      Not at all – we all feel the wrath once in a while
      The feedback – good and bad – all goes in and shapes the site, so I appreciate the gut reactions, even if I bite back, so to speak

  • Reply
    Ben Garcia
    September 8, 2020 at 1:39 am

    It’s a fun idea, for sure! Wouldn’t it be nice if this led to the development of actual 4×5 Instax-style film? 🙂

  • Reply
    September 11, 2020 at 1:10 am

    Anyone notice all the demo shots look unsharp? Is the focusing spacer they have to use just nit quite right? You should get sharp images with this film.

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