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Busy news week – a few of the analogue related highlights…

September 28, 2018

Photokina this year has been pretty interesting! I’ve even found myself getting into all the digital news, even beyond my normal daily checking of DPReview. Full frame cameras coming from every direction, more medium format digital from Fuji, Leica, Sigma and Panasonic shacking up, the Ricoh GRiii, the slightly nuts, but very intriguing ZX1 from Zeiss, Leica and Zenit(!) shacking up… this is just the bigger-brand stuff that’s caught my eye, loads more has been going on too…

Of course, I’m not interested in competing for the attention of those looking for this big news – that’s what the guys at DPR do best… Instead, I thought I would tell you about a few of the things some of my friends, and others in the film photography community have been up to…

Japan Camera Hunter News

Bellamy has released a couple of new products to market. The first is a rather nice looking bag that he has collaborated with Ona to bring to market. The “ONA X JCH Bowery limited edition” is limited run of 230 bags, designed to Bellamy’s requirements. A simple design, it lacks pockets on the outside, but instead has room on the inside for a camera, maybe a spare lens and a few rolls of film… vey nice if you ask me!

In addition to the bag, Bellamy has brought a JCH Streetpan 400 Instant camera to market called The Kassha – apparently Kassha is an onomatopoeia and the Japanese word for the click sound of a camera shutter. It has a flash and a 31mm lens and is loaded with his highly regarded film. Get one here

Cinestill News

The more negative amongst the film photography community very quickly pointed out just how similar Cinestill’s TCS1000 looks like a Sous Vide cooker. In response to this EM got all up in arms and jumped to their defence pointing out all the reasons it is indeed not just a Sous Vide. Have a read here, it would appear that Cinestill have indeed put a few extra bells and whistles… I shall definitely be buying one of these in the not too distant future!

FilmLab news

Really Exciting this one, especially for how well it is shaping up to work with pixl-latr – Abe has released version 1.0 of the FilmLab app. Get it for the iphone here

Ektachrome news

Ektachrome is finally on its way to the shops! Not much to say about this that hasn’t been said elsewhere, other than the fact that I’m waiting for my first few rolls to land. More info inc. data sheets on the Alaris website here


Barnack Camera Grip News

Robert who designed this viewfinder has designed a Barnack Leica Grip – pretty cool looking, and available here

Analogue Wonderland News

Finally, Analogue Wonderland have launched a line of “analogue-inspired” t-shirts and (all be it a week or so ago) a loyalty scheme. The loyalty scheme gets you points for buying things and referring your friends. It even awards your friends with a roll of film with thier first order. Get your free roll of film by being referred by me here. You can see the range of t-shirts here.

I’ve probably missed loads of stuff…

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  • Reply
    Louis Sousa
    September 28, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks for the news Hamish!

  • Reply
    Steve Boykin
    September 28, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    The ZX1 looks fascinating but I don’t trust all the electronics/touch screen. If that stuff goes bad you are holding $4,000 of junk. That’s the nice thing about film cameras, they are repairable if you have the parts. I will admit to having extreme GAS for the Fuji camera. The FF Foveon is also fascinating…if….the get the camera part right. I have owned the Merrills twice and both time was wowed by the output. In the end the frustration of using them wore on me. I wonder how much that Leica/Zenit with the 35 F1 lens will cost? I would definitely be afraid of being an early adopter on that one having used a Kiev 88 for awhile. I am very interested in how that Cinestill product works!

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    Dave Walker
    September 28, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    It’s shaping up to be a very exciting year for analogue photography!

    I can’t wait to get Ektachrome (especially in Super 8) in my hands again. In a similar vein that Cinestill gadget will help me develop my own Super 8 Ektachrome movies in the bathroom :o)

    Filmlab looks good… but I don’t have a smartphone… I wonder if it’ll work on an Android tablet…

    I’m also excited to see how the Pixl-latr shapes up after all the changes you’ve told us about.

    Fun times!

  • Reply
    Larry Bosch
    September 28, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    No Lab Box news?

  • Reply
    Dave Walker
    September 29, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    2018 is shaping up to being a very exciting year for analogue photography!

    I can’t wait to get Ektachrome in Super8, and would love one of those Cinestill gadgets to help me process it afterwards 🙂

    That Filmlab app looks great for the pixl-latr, but I don’t have a smartphone… I wonder if it works on an Android tablet??

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    Chris Pattison
    October 2, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    As much as I enjoy visiting Bellamy Hunt’s wonderful website, and acknowledge the huge contribution he has made to the revival of film photography, categorically, the world does not need any more single use plastic products of any kind. Disposable camera? Ugh!

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