Another round-up of news and announcement from around the web, regarding analogue manufacturers and products, from the return of old instant film stock, to a resurgence in single use cameras, and increasingly popular 3D-printed cameras solving buyers’ quests for affordable medium-format cameras.
After a series of launches over the past year or so, Polaroid have announced another new product, or at least, the return of an old product, by announcing that the Polaroid 600 Round Frame Film will be making a comeback after its discontinuation in 2015. The film was originally a limited-time production from 2014 to 2015, and was made by The Impossible Project iteration of the Polaroid name. According to the company, the film will be available for use in both new Polaroid cameras and old ones with 8 exposures available in each pack. The film can be purchased exclusively on Polaroid’s website where you can read all about it and view a sample of images taken with the film, here.
As with many analogue products over recent years, disposable cameras are re-emerging in popularity, with a host of suppliers relaunching or reinventing their own, such as Fujifilm’s rerelease of the QuickSnap Waterproof 800 or Snap It’s new disposable camera developing subscription service. Ilford Imaging has also announced the launch of the Ilfocolor Rapid Retro Edition Single Use Camera - a 27-exposure disposable camera preloaded with Ilford colour film. The camera is now available globally after launching earlier this month, read more about it on the company’s website here.
If you’re living in the United States and you’re on the look out for an affordable medium format camera, Dora Goodman has created a line of original, customisable cameras that are not only reasonably priced, they’re also brand new. The company specialises in 3D printed cameras, from 35mm pinholes to a Mamiya-esque medium format camera. Their 2019 Goodman Zone Camera has been created in such a way as to allow you to add or remove elements to your preference including the Helical Lens Adapter, allowing a host of different lenses to be used on the camera, as well as a detachable back that allows for different format options. The camera is available open-source or to order from their online store and the highly customisable approach also means that you can purchase add-ons such as a pro flash mount with smartphone holder, or a wood veneer inlay for a more attractive facade. Read more about the cameras and the company at their website here.