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Well, the Lomography people have released their newest camera, the Lomo LC-Wide. I have mixed feelings about this! On the one hand I think that it would be a fun camera to have. I mean, it does have quite a few interesting features. It takes 35 mm film but has inserts that let you take a square format picture (24 x 24 mm), or a half frame (17 x 24 mm).

That sounds fun in theory but there are a few problems. I have a holga camera that my uncle gave me as a gift a few years ago. Its a great way to go out just enjoy taking pictures. The results I have gotten from my holga have sometime been not so great and other times been terrific. I tried cross processing just a little while ago and love it! But with a camera like the LC-Wide, since it takes 35 mm film, having a square picture or a half frame would mean that the size of the results you get are much smaller than the pictures I get using 120 film with my holga. A few years ago I used to own an original Olympus PEN half frame camera. It was metal and had a solid construction. You put a role of 36 pictures into a half frame camera and get 72 pictures from it. But the results are of a lower quality that then will have trouble being printed into larger photos.

LC-WIDE

The ability to take really wide landscape type pictures is something that does appeal to me. It is said to have a ” ultra-wide-angle 17 mm Minigon glass lens”.  Thats pretty cool, but…the above concerns I just mentioned about using square and half frame pictures on 35 mm film, when combined with the price, mean that I most likely will not be getting this very soon. Now would I like my family to get a clue and give this to me as a gift? Oh hell yes! Would I pay $389 dollars for it myself? Um..not right now. (Not on a teachers salary!)

You can decide for yourself by looking here: http://www.lomography.com/

A bagillion other web sites have the technical specks but just for the heck of it:

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Exposure area: 36 x 24mm, 24x 24mm (square format), 17 x 24mm (half frame format)

Film Type: Standard 135 roll film

Lens focal length: 17 mm

Maximum aperture: 1:4.5

Angle of view: 103 degrees, 89 degrees (square format) 81 degrees (half frame format)

Focusing range: 0.4m – infinity

Maximum shutter speed: 1/500

Minimum shutter speed: Unlimited

Auto exposure mode: Programmatic

Exposure range: Unlimited ~ EV18

Multiple exposure: Manual shutter cocking with independent MX switch

Film sensitivity supports (ASA/ISO): 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

Flash: X-type synchronization hot-shoe

Tripod socket thread: Standard 1⁄4″ tripod socket

Cable release: Universal cable release socket

Overall dimensions: 108 x 68 x 44.5mm

Weight: 220g (film and battery not included)

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So while Kodak is blowing up old buildings and laying off workers Polaroid has been busy finding creative ways to embrace its past while moving into the future. At the new CES 2011 Polaroid announced three new products. The new offerings from Polaroid are: camera sunglasses, a printer, and a nice retro looking instant/digital print camera. While these do not seem like home-run hits , I applaud their efforts to move forward in the digital age while essentially remaining Polaroid. Kodak meanwhile seems to be trying to ditch its past.

http://1000words.kodak.com/post/?id=635313

Here is a link to an article about kodak blowing up some of its old factories and promoting its printers. Uh, not impressed!

http://www.rd.com/content/printContent.do?contentId=27695&KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=500&width=790&modal=true

Here is another story about how Kodak has been laying off workers and held on to long to its film heritage.

Now I love film, I still use it and am a big fan of Ilford, (http://www.ilfordphoto.com/home.asp), a company that is committed to keeping film available for enthusiasts. I do however recognize that  most folks ,including myself, also have embraced the digital camera age. So how could Kodak bring these two together successfully? Well, how about a retro styled digital camera that has built in filters for kodak films that are now gone? It would have a kodachrome filter, and filters for other kodak films no longer made. It could also have a Tri-X filter (still made at the date of this posting). I would love to see that camera made!

Well, what about those wonderful new Kodak printers, you ask? Um,again, not impressed. When I go into a store like Best Buy to buy a printer what am I looking for? First I consider price! They all make pretty good quality prints, so price is key and then second is brand recognition, at least for me! Right now I have a Canon Pixma printer for 4×6 and 5×7 printing. I am perfectly happy with it. And when I don’t want to bother with that I just send the images to someone online, have them print for me, and then the pictures are mailed back to me! (Think Snapfish).

So, now, as for Polaroid, follow this link see there recently announced products, (I may buy the printer):

http://www.gossipcop.com/lady-gaga-live-stream-polaroid-grey-label/

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