Friday, March 27, 2009

Dead at 40

The venerable Pentax 67 series of cameras (the 67 and the 67II) are no more. In a notice posted on its web site, Pentax says the last 250 67iis will be sold and no longer be available after April. The Pentax 67 cameras were first released in 1969.

The text is in Japanese, but the gist of the release is that the Pentax 67II cameras, which were released in 1998 as an upgrade to the Pentax 67 medium format film cameras, will be discontinued. The company also is discontinuing the 645NII cameras.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Back By Popular Request

Photographers asked for it and Kodak listened.

Back by popular request is KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTAR 100 Film in 120 format. Currently only available in 35mm format, Kodak says EKTAR 100 will be available for medium format shooters in April.

The ISO 100 speed film features high saturation and ultra-vivid color, incorporating KODAK VISION Motion Picture Film technology to achieve what Kodak calls its "unparalleled fine grain."

It is ideal for photographers who want the superior resolution of medium-format film and look for extraordinary enlargement capability when scanning and printing, the company says.

Video may have killed the radio star, but at least digital hasn't killed film -- yet.

Welcome Back Polaroid!

If you thought Polaroid was out of the instant photography business for good, think again.

The company, which developed (pun intended) the instant photography business in the 1920s, recently debuted the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Digital Camera. The company claims the PoGo is the first digital camera with an integral printer available in the US.

According to Polaroid:

With the push of a button, the full-feature digital camera allows consumers to select from among the digital photos on the camera, crop or edit them, add fun borders and in less than 60 seconds, print full-color, 2x3-inch prints – all with a single device.
The PoGo uses ZINK Imaging's sticky backed photo paper and ZINK Zero ink printing technology. No inks or ribbons are involved in printing, instead the ZINK paper uses embedded, heat-activated crystals to develop the photo.

The PoGo should be available this month for about $199. The ZINK paper is available in 10-packs for $4.99 and 30-packs for $12.99.

“Unlike traditional instant film, photos from the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Digital Camera emerge fully developed,” said Jon Pollock, vice president and general manager, Digital Imaging. “While many of our most passionate customers tell us ‘shaking’ a Polaroid photo is part of the fun, with any Polaroid photo, the ‘shake’ is totally optional.”

Welcome back Polaroid. We missed you.