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
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!
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
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…