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Wish List: The Polaroid Snap

20 Jan

Wish List: The Polaroid Snap

The Polaroidsnap on CameraLuv

Polaroid debuted their Snap camera last year and it looks like a fun. It’s a simple little 10mp camera that offers 3 photo modes (normal, black & white and vintage sepia tone) and prints full-bleed images or a classic white-bordered frame on their Zink paper. You can save your images using a MicroSD card or go cardless as long as paper is loaded up. It’s available in black, white, blue and red and sells for $99.

What’s even better than the Snap? Well, the newly announced at CES 2016 Polaroid Snap+ which incorporates a bunch of updates including a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a 13 megapixel CMOS, and 1080p full HD video recording capability along with remote connectivity via Bluetooth to the Polaroid print app, allowing the camera to connect and print images from other devices such as smartphones and tablets. Sadly, no prices or release dates other than Q4 have been released.

A New Super 8mm Camera from Kodak

8 Jan

A New Super 8mm Camera from Kodak

Thanks to Tom Forbes of The Art of Photography for breaking down the new Super 8mm Camera that Kodak showed us at CES.

A Few Camera Details:
Completely new camera with some digital features like a viewfinder and wheel navigation. It will fit the old film, but also record sound, offer various speed and some lens adjustments.

What Do You Do with the Film?
Buy the film (approx $50), shoot it, and send it to Kodak for processing and digitizing. Later they’ll send you back the film roll. Pretty cool, but not cheap (but that price includes the processing).

Prices will be in the $450-700 range depending on the lenses and features you select.

Here’s a Verge interview with the Kodak president about the release:

(via Mikerusso @filmpodcast)

Must-Have: Lomo’Instant Montenegro Edition

25 Aug

Must-Have: Lomo’Instant Montenegro Edition

The new genuine black leather and silver clad, Lomo’Instant camera, Montenegro Edition joins the ever growing Lomo’Instant family. The premium camera is inspired by the splendid charm of the Balkan country known for its rugged mountain ranges, medieval villages and magnificent coastline.

For a cool $179 you get the versatile instant camera and 4 experimental Lenses (Fisheye, Portrait and Close-Up) along with the Lomo’Instant Splitzer for slicing up your shots.

Get yours Online or visit a Lomography Gallery Store near you!

Must-Have: GoPro Hero4 Sessions

6 Jul

Must-Have: GoPro Hero4 Sessions

CameraLuv Must-have: GoPro Hero4 Sessions

GoPro has finally thought even smaller with its newest camera, the waterproof and durable Hero4 Sessions. This is by far the smallest and lightest GoPro thus far and will top the Polaroid cube in quality, offering 1080p60 video and 8MP photos among all the other things you’ve come to love about your GoPro. They’ve gone back to a easy one-button control and rest assured it will work with your GoPro app and smart remote (not included as well).

The camera will be available July 16.

Must-Have: The Polaroid Cube

23 Jan

Must-Have: The Polaroid Cube

The Cube, from Polaroid, is a fun new way to capture 1080p video or snap pics no matter where you are.

Use the built-in magnet (genius) to mount it quickly to any metal surface or use a myriad of GoPro-like mounts for bikes, tripods or for water protection. The camera is already splash resistant so you don’t have to worry too much if you don’t have it in a case.

Get yours today from our friends at Photojojo for a sweet $99.99.

Making Digital Photos Analogue in an Instax

25 Mar

Making Digital Photos Analogue in an Instax

New to our wish list is FujiFilm’s Instax Smartphone Printer SP-1 which allows for on the spot of printing right to Instax mini film, wherever you are (no cord required). The SP-1 creates it’s own wi-fi signal which connects to your smart phone using their “INSTAX SHARE” app, which allows you to access your new, old and even social media pictures and add special filters to them on the fly, like black and white, sepia and much more. The photos start printing in just seconds and take around 90 seconds to start developing and a few minutes more to fully develop.

The app also comes with a variety of templates that shows real time stats, Facebook and Instagram templates and more as well as a square template to customize your prints using their multi-colored frames.

The printer comes with your first battery (said to print 100 pics) and a pack of film (10 shots). You can buy your SP-1 today at Adorama , Amazon and more for around $219.

Must-Haves: Belair X6-12 Instant Kit

21 Jan

Must-Haves: Belair X6-12 Instant Kit

Last week, Lomography released a new instant back kit for $89 to accompany their retro cool Belair cameras. The instant back uses and cranks out Fuji Instax Wide film and gives you all kinds of creative options such as multiple exposures, long exposures, interchangeable lenses and hot-shoe flash compatibility.

Introducing The Belair X 6-12 Instant Back from Lomography on Vimeo.

There are some Belair bundles available for the Belair City Slicker for $338, the Belair Jetsetter for $388, and the Belair Trail Blazer for $438. (Note: there’s no savings at this time for buying the bundle)

Here’s a sampling of the kinds of images you can capture:

Via Lomography

2013 Gift Guide

13 Dec

2013 Gift Guide

With just under 2-weeks to go, there is still probably some shopping to be done for the camera lover or photography enthusiast in your life. Check out some fun items we tracked down and have a camera-filled Christmas.

DJI Phantom Quadcopter with GoPro Mounts $479
Mixing your love for RC stuff with cameras… oh yeah.. I want to play with one of these…
pleez Santa bring me one of these!!

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition $399
The best little wearable wi-fi camera out there that we know of. This one comes with a remote or camera can be controlled from your phone or iPad with the GoPro app … sweet.

Impossible’s Instant Lab $299

Go Analog with this fun Camera and convert your smart phone pics to real-life shakable polaroids.

Fuji Instax Mini 90 $209
Instant fun with more shooting controls and options.

La Sardina and Flash Slendour $169
Some classy and retro styled silver and black Lomo love.

Burton Zoom Pack $155
Tote your gear in style on or off the mountain.

La Sardina DIY White Edition from Lomography $109
Get out your markers, paper, paint or glue and dress up your own camera.

Superheadz Harinezumi 4 Video Camera $160
This tiny camera is shaped like a roll of 110mm film. Has many functions, 10 various color effects, zoom, multiple exposure and more.

Polaroid Z2300 $199
Your instagram camera … Print pics only when you want to … as well as saving a digital file. Keep in mind you only get 10 shots per film pack, like the old days.

La Sardina DIY Black $69
More DIY fun, this time with a black base… (sorry no on-board flash on this one)

Fisheye Baby 110 Bauhaus Edition for $55
A fun and colorful little fisheye.

Lens Pillows $80
Can’t put your equipment down? Now you can snuggle.

Lomography Smart Phone Film Scanner $59
From your 35mm film archives to your camera roll … after you download and fire up the free Lomo app.

Konstruktor Transparent Collector’s Edition $59
Build your own transparent display camera. Sweet!

Pelican U105 Laptop Bag $89
Hard case protection in a slim backpack. A cool pack option if you want to keep you computer close while in the field

Replichrome By Totally Rad $99
Some sweet film emulation presets for Lightroom. Cool looks for a cool benjamin.

Fisheye Baby 110 Basic for $39
The classic Lomo fisheye camera, just smaller.

Konstruktor DIY 35mm Camera Kit $35
Build your own 35mm camera and use it too. You designers may just buy this for the packaging. I don’t think I’ll be throwing mine away.

Aluminum Camera $49.95
No shelf is complete without one of these.

Instant: The Story of Polaroid Book for $15
Always fun to hear the Polaroid story.

Superheadz The Last Camera Kit $30
Cool and understated Expandable camera kit.

Impossible GoldSilverColored Frame Films from $24

Silver Antique Cameras $9
More art for your desk or book shelves.

Brass Bead Lens Necklace $9.95
A simple and fun wearable camera.

Recycled Film Canister Key Chains $4.99
Gotta carry your keys somehow.

Canon Camera Lens Mugs (White $30) (Black $24)
Freak out your friends and drink up.

Tattly Camera Tattoos $15
Cool temporary tats from swissmiss & friends.

Polaroid Camera Coin Bank $20
Keep those coins safe in this cool little bank.

Camera Cookie Cutters $18
Get crafty and serve up a camera at your next party.

The Ring Flash Adapter $40
Awesome portraits in a snap … and you get the cool halo eyes too.

Any cool camera-themed giftables we missed that we just have to include? Let us know and we’ll try to add it. Have a great Christmas!

Must-Have: Winter Collection

7 Nov

Must-Have: Winter Collection

Lomography warms up a few of their most popular cameras with some fun winter wear. The Diana F+ Chamonix -$109 (120film) and the La Sardina St. Moritz – $109 (35mm) released today and will be perfect for capturing the season’s memorable moments.

Review: Hand on with the Pentax Q10

8 Jul

Review: Hand on with the Pentax Q10

While we know the Pentax Q10 has been out for several months and a new one (Q7) is on the horizon, we had to test drive it after seeing they boasted 100 colorways .. 100! They even have a fun site Q10 Studio that let’s you play around all the available options you can order (20 body colors/ 5 grip colors) and they’ll put it all together for you and have to your door in a few weeks. We liked playing around with the color pickers (below) and just wish they could have thrown a third red color accent in there and we’d have our own little Cameraluv branded Q10.

Photo gear site Adorama went through the trouble of listing all 100 variations to make ordering even easier.

Ironically, the test model we received was a standard silver/black combo much like what you’d expect from Fuji’s X cameras. We were ok with that, because more than the myriad of personalized color choices, Pentax boasted that the Q10 was the world’s smallest mirror-less interchangeable lensed camera out there and we had to see for ourselves.

After opening the box, the Q10 was even smaller than we thought, even smaller than the Nikon 1 J2. We chuckled as it was dwarfed by our studio Nikon DSLR and at first felt like a toy, but after a day or so of playing with it, we got used to the weight and adjustable 5-15mm zoom and didn’t feel like we were going to break it as some reviews had claimed.

The camera was fun to use and the menus were easy to navigate. One nice thing about the Q10 is the mode dial similar to most DSLRs  you’re used to (P, Av, Tv, M). The mode dial also boasted Auto settings , HD Video recording and a Scene mode selector that gives you 21 options for shooting. One stand out feature is the customizable Quick Dial on the front of the camera that allows for digital filter effects like Monochrome, Cross-Processing, Vintage Color and more. We liked the easy to use manual controls and liked all the features that fit into such a small camera.

Here are a few samples of Q10 images from photographer Steve Wildermuth that are in the Pentax Q10 Gallery.

You can also see additional images from each of the available Q10 lenses like telephoto zoomstandard prime lensfish-eye and toy lens telephoto. Just make your selection and press Go>.

All in all it was a fun camera to use, although not pocket-portable as many of the compacts out there are due to the interchangeable lens, but I’m sure it’d fit in a purse very nicely. If you’re looking for SLR controls in a small package the Q10 or the Q7 (available for pre-order) may be for you.

Some Q10 Tech Facts:

Dimensions: (W x H x D): Approx. 4″(W) x 2.3″(H) x 1.3″ (D)
Sensor type: 12.4 megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor
ISO: 100-6400
Lens: Standard Q-mount lens system with adjustable focal length of 5-15 mm
Aperture: f/2.8-4.5
Shooting modes: P, Av, Tv, M with powerful automatic modes (Auto Picture, Scene)
Continuous shooting: 5fps
Video capability: Full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second
Flash: Built-in Pop-up covers up to 23 feet (at ISO 200) also has hot shoe.
Monitor: 3″ LCD monitor features HVGA resolution as well as wide viewing angles.
Digital filter effects: 19 (11 selectable at point of capture
Quick Dial: customizable quick dial allows you to save up to 4 creative modes or Smart Effects
File Formats (Still): RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
File Formats (Movie): MOV AVC/H.264 (.mov)
Best Price: $396.95 at Adorama

Get yours at Pentax, QStudio and Adorama.

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