Film

Content having to do with good old-fashioned analog film.

Leica M4 - The "Think" Camera

Here's an old ad for the Leica M4 (of which 58,000 were produced, from 1967 to 1974), calling it the "Think" Camera and goes on to brag about its lack of technology. Sort of sounds like recent Nikon Df ads, no? Compare that with today's ads that are the exact opposite! In a lot of ways, perhaps to the chagrin of some - they've continued this practice with today's digital M cameras. For the rest of us, this is the very reason we love our M cameras. You can see this and other M4 ads over on Leica Diaries. Read more below for the full ad and text!

Elliott Erwitt - Scotland, People and Pups

A few days ago, we bemoaned the fact that the Elliott Erwitt event at the Leica Store Los Angeles was a bit overshadowed by the celebrities in attendance. We're here to correct that... Oversight. On Vanity Fair's site they're running a nice article called "Elliott Erwitt Shoots Scotland's Gorgeous Countryside, People, and Pups." Quite a nice slideshow of 31 photos and worth checking out.

Making Platinum Prints

PHIX brings us this fascinating video on making platinum prints or platinotypes. Essentially a monochrome (B&W) printing process that provides the greatest (and most delicate) tonal range, surface quality and permanence of any printing method using chemical development. Unlike the silver print process, platinum lies on the paper surface, while silver lies in a gelatin or albumen emulsion that coats the paper. As a result, since no gelatin emulsion is used, the final platinum print is absolutely matte with a deposit of platinum and can last thousands of years - it also doesn't curl! The downside is the DMax (in this context, the blackest black) is lighter than that of silver prints.


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Long Live Film!

Congratulations, new adopters of film photography — you’re now officially a subculture! The defining point, of course, is having an independent documentary film about your movement, and that’s just what mail-order processor Indie Film Lab is doing with “Long Live Film.”

Teaming up with Kodak (however that might work now), folks from the Alabama-based company hit the road early this year, asking photographers across the United States why they still go to the considerable trouble of capturing their vision on emulsion rather than pixels. Indie Lab hopes to have the feature finished in a few months. For now, enjoy the promising trailer, which elegantly makes the case for film as an artistic choice rather than a Luddite response to the modern world. “I like how it makes me shoot and why it makes me shoot as much as I like the look,” responds one photographer.


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The Last Roll of Kodachrome

You may recall back in 2009, Kodak announced that production of Kodachrome would be ending. Photographer Steve McCurry asked if they would give him the last roll, and not surprisingly - Kodak said yes. A crew from National Geographic decided to follow him and document the last 36 frames that would ever be shot on Kodachrome - and here is the result. Read more below for an update.


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Fujifilm to Kill Off Movie Film?

From the what-the-hell-is-going-on-this-week department comes the latest bad news for film. Seems Fujifilm might stop manufacturing movie film. Now granted, Fuji film is used for about 20% of studio business with Kodak the other 80% - it's still another shocking round of bad news in recent weeks. Read more below for the details.

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