A few bits of news this week, the first is from Ilford photo who, after a week or so of teasing us all on social media, have released Ilford Otho Plus Film as well as upgrading thier Multigrade RC Delux papers. Ilford Ortho Plus is a stock previously only available as sheet film, but they’ve now coated the 80ISO Ortho emulsion onto an acetate base for 35mm cassettes and 120 rolls.
Orthochromatic films are much less sensitive to red light meaning reds and oranges are rendered darker in results, the film can also be handled in deep red safelight conditions. Previously available as a high-resolution copy film, Ilford have released it to be used photographically through their belief that it’s fine grain and sharpness will appeal to photographers.
It will be available early November.
The Multigrade RC Delux paper is being updated from its version IV to version V. Ilford say that this upgrade has been in the making for 8 years, and brings the paper inline with the latest emulsion making technologies. It will apparently offer a “slightly warmer base tint than their predecessor as well as better, deeper blacks, improved mid-grade spacing for easier printing and more consistent contrast throughout the tonal range“.
The new paper is available stright away, with the IV papers still being available whilst stocks last.
Earlier in the week Lomography also made an announcement. In typical Lomography style, it was for a particularly unusual couple of bits of kit, the LomoMod No.1 and Sutton’s Liquid-Filled Lens. The LomoMod No.1 is a DIY camera kit made of foldable cardboard that comes with the Liquid filled lens. The lens is seemingly exactly as it sounds – it’s a lens that can be filled with liquid. Apparently based on a Victorian invention, it can be filled with a liquid of your choice to “create unique and unprecedented visual aesthetics.”
Sounds crackers, but I’m sure will appeal hugely to those who like to experiment – not least because it can all be had for just shy of £50! You can find it on thier website here.
Finally, just a quick note to those of you who live in Europe and shoot Kodak films. Kodak Alaris Europe has just launched a new Instagram account: @KodakProfessional_europe. To help promote the launch, I’ve been working with them on a little giveaway which you can find on my Instagram account here
One last note: whilst I try and report on some of the latest analogue photography news, for all the latest, Kosmo Foto is a great place to visit here.