Agog Over Analog: New Films and Film Cameras

October 12, 2018

By Greg Scoblete

Editor’s Choice! Lomography Diana Instant Square

The Diana Instant Square accepts Fujifilm’s Instax Square film and delivers a similar aesthetic as the original camera first produced in the 1960s, with strongly saturated colors and vignetting. Aperture is adjustable across three different stops: f/11, f/19 and f/32. Focus can be set in three different ranges. Shutter speed, however, is fixed at 1/60th of a second, though there is a bulb mode for long exposures. The Diana Instant Square accepts any of the interchangeable lenses produced for the Diana F+ and supports unlimited multiple exposures.

Price: $99

Rollei Instant Karma

Instant camera maker Mint has teamed with the iconic brand Rollei to resurrect a Rolleiflex—of sorts. The Instant Karma uses Instax Mini film and features an adjustable aperture range from f/5.6-22. You can focus on objects from 19 inches to infinity and snap long exposures up to 10 seconds. There’s a multi-exposure mode and an ambient light meter that will display a green or orange light to indicate when you’ve achieved a correct exposure. Like the classic Rolleiflex, the Instant Karma has a waist-level viewfinder.

Price: $425

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

The SQ6 takes Fujifilm’s Instax Square format film and features a tiny front-facing mirror and a selfie mode to optimize exposure for selfies (because of course). There’s a built-in flash with a slot for color filters. If you’re feeling creative, there’s a double exposure mode for taking two images on a single piece of Instax Square film. There are three motor-driven focus modes: macro mode (for focusing on objects between 1 to 1.6 feet), normal mode (1.6 to 6.6 feet) and landscape mode (6.6 feet to infinity).

Price: $130

Kodak T-Max P3200

Kodak has been slowly reviving a number of previously discontinued films lately, and the P3200 is no exception. Brought back to market this year, the T-MAX P3200 film is a multi-speed panchromatic black-and-white negative film. According to Kodak, while the nominal film speed of P3200 TMZ is ISO 800, the “P” means it’s designed to be push-processed to EI 3200 or higher. Kodak says you can expose this film at EI 3200 or 6400 with good results. The film is aimed at low light environments or when shooting fast action. The film is sold in the 135-36x format.

Price: $11

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