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Polaroid is Back

22 Sep

Polaroid is Back

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Eighty years after Polaroid began and forty years after the release the original Polaroid OneStep, The Impossible Project’s mission to keep Polaroid film alive is finally accomplished with the reveal of Polaroid’s new subbrand Polaroid Originals, and a new OneStep 2 camera.

Did you get that? Polaroid is BACK thanks to the crazy passion of The Impossible Project team and their dedication to keeping Polaroid’s films alive for the past nine years. With blood, sweat, and some tears they pushed instant film forward and many of those team members now call Polaroid home.

What about this new camera?

While the look is reminiscent of the original OneStep, the new version has some modern upgrades like a higher quality lens, a rechargeable battery via USB, a more powerful flash and a self-timer function. OneStep is pre-ordering now in 2 colors for a cool $99.99, with delivery as early as October 16th.

 

What about the film?

With The Impossible Project being absorbed, we’ll all be buying film from Polaroid once again and at a better price. The new OneStep 2 is compatible with all the 600 series films we’ve grown to love like color and black/white, but also the newly developed i-Type (batteryless) film that runs only $15.99 per pack compared to the 600 film at $18.99.

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What about the vintage cameras?

One of the coolest things about The Impossible Project was their vintage camera refurbishment program of the 600, Spectre and SX-70 camera models and that’s still here under the Polaroid name again and they have a wide range of old cameras available from $119.00-$609.99 and the films will be available for all them again very soon.

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So in review, analog instant photography FROM POLAROID is back!!! and calls Polaroid Originals home. We’ve got some shopping to do.

Hawkesmill Leather Camera goods

25 Aug

Hawkesmill Leather Camera goods

We were just introduced to the England-based premium leather goods maker Hawkesmill a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love with their beautiful product shots of their camera bags and camera straps. I don’t think we’ve ever said “well that’s a beautiful picture of a camera strap” until now. The attention to detail they displayed throughout their site elevates the goods from the “like it”, to “love it”, to the “gotta have this gear” level. Seeing the well shot products made us want to touch and feel them for ourselves and a few weeks ago we got our clean white Royal post-delivered package adorned with just the right amount of hawk-themed custom packing tape and inside, our very own Westminster strap awaited it’s unwrapping inside a drawstring Hawkesmill-themed bag nestled softly in a piece of you guessed it hawk covered tissue paper. Thankfully, the the straps which range in price form £56.00-£115.00 are as lovely in person as the pictures portrayed with fine craftsmanship and attention to detail and that oh so delicious smell of freshly made leather goods. The strap was soft and feels good around the neck. We’re excited to see how the strap wears in over time and how the underside patinas over the years to come.

At their core, the Hawkesmill set out to simply create the best camera bags and leather camera straps money can buy. While the products give off the vibe of generations of mastery, they only concieved the brand in 2012 and spent their first TWO YEARS developing a camera bag that met their standards of style, durability and in the field functionality. TWO YEARS! They wanted to get it right, and I think they did. Take a tour of their site your self and put one of their products on your gear wishlist.

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All images ©2017 Hawkesmill

Lomo Tattoos: Kid tested and Approved

25 Apr

Lomo Tattoos: Kid tested and Approved

Lomo Tattoos featured on Cameraluv

Love cameras like we do? Why not wear a little luv on your skin with these new temporary tattoos from Lomography. The kids tested them and they approve! These 5 tattoos are bold and durable and hold up better than standard temporary tattoos we’ve tried. Gift a set to some cool little or big Cameraluving kids you know for under $8.

Lomo Tattoos featured on Cameraluv

Lomo Tattoos featured on Cameraluv

Wish List: The Polaroid Snap

20 Jan

Wish List: The Polaroid Snap

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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.

Legacy Shooters Patch by Tap and Dye

14 Oct

Legacy Shooters Patch by Tap and Dye

The Legacy Shooter Patch by Tap & Dye on CameraLuv

No matter if what type of film you shoot, “Make Every Shot Count” is a mantra we can get behind. Tap and Dye’s new iron on patch is built to last and you can proudly wear it on your camera bag, jacket, hat or more. These limited edition patches (only 500 made) begin shipping on 10/19, get yours!

The Legacy Shooter Patch by Tap & Dye on CameraLuv

Via Sandy Phimester on twitter: @SandyPhimester

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!

Book Block: Make Your Own Custom Notebooks

19 Aug

Book Block: Make Your Own Custom Notebooks

Almost all of us use sketchbooks or notebooks to sketch designs, shoot ideas or just to jot down thoughts, but we’ve never had our own custom notebooks … until now. Book Block, which launched today on Kickstarter might be just what you were looking for. Whether you want to produce only one or hundreds of custom notebooks for yourselves or for your clients, each A5 notebook (8.25”x6”) is printed in full-color with the art of your choice and allows for custom ribbons and elastics to make your notebook truly unique.

Book Block Examples

BookBlock teamed up with Monsieur Notebooks, who manufacture in the UK and will be using their paper stocks to complete the interiors of your custom books.

They give you the choice of:

  • Ivory Ruled – 90gsm
  • Ivory Plain – 90gsm
  • Ivory Dot Grid – 90gsm
  • Cartridge Sketch – 140gsm
  • Fountain White – 100gsm

Check out the Book Block kickstarter today and support and download a template to start the creation of your own notebooks today.

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.

Must-Have: The Instax Wide 300

11 Sep

Must-Have: The Instax Wide 300

Just released yesterday is Fuji’s new Instax Wide 300, a new instant camera that uses their already available wide film (86mm x 108mm). The Instax Wide 300 available in Spring 2015 for $129 features an optical viewfinder, built-in electronic flash, a 95mm lens with two focus zones (0.9m to 3m & 3m to infinity), a tripod socket and a close-up adapter for macroish shots as close as 15.5-inches away from your subject.

This camera may look a little familiar to some as is kind of a mixture of a few older Fuji cameras like the 500AF (not originally available in US) and the 210 models.

Our friend Cheyenne Morrison of Big Shot Polaroids breaks down the comparisons here.

Also new from Fuji:

Fuji also released a pretty new brown/silver colorway of the Mini 90 camera (featured in December) that’s sure to look good in everyone’s hands.

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