Single use Noir – Kodak Tri-X (400TX) disposable Review

For years Kodak have kept it simple when it came to disposables with your choice of either disposable legend that is the FunSaver and the much lesser waterproof model. But in recent years there’s been a burst of disposables. So lets meet their B&W film version the Kodak Tri-X disposable which is confusingly also known as the Kodak Professional Tri-X or the 400TX

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Go Go Budget Digitals No 7- Vivitar ViviCam 3745

Back to the early 2000’s with this 3.3.MP camera. The Vivitar ViviCam 3745 was one of legion that of digicams sold under Vivitar branding and you can still buy today. Almost all the models were for the budget end and this is no exception. But is it worth a few quid today ? Oddly that might be yes if you just need a simple digicam but there are issues.

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The Half frame Camera List – All the 14 models you can buy new today

10 years ago when I started this site, I never though we’d see half frame camera generate much buzz, excitement and discussion. But in 2024 as exciting as the arrival of the Pentax 17 is, it joins a growing market of new half frame cameras. So buckle up to my guide to the 14 (and their clones) new on the markets half frame. From cheap single use half frames to high end £500 numbers.

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Just how much should a new camera cost ?

So Pentax gave us their first film camera in around 2 decades. Whilst there has been much rejoicing. There has also been quite a lot of moaning – much of which has to do with the price of the Pentax 17. And one suspects the same comment will come with the Rollei 35AF

But is that a fair comment or wishful thinking ?

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Reload and replay – Reloaded Ilfocolor Rapid Half Frame single use results

I was pleasantly surprised by Ilford Imaging’s half frame single use. But when I reviewed it I hadn’t finish a roll I shot in the reloaded Ilfocolor. But I have now, Ironically using Ilford Photo (aka Harman) B&W film. Here’s the results.

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The Camera the Pentax 17 Needs to Beat – Lomography LC-A Wide Review

Pentax’s imminent film compact has caused a buzz. Offering a camera that has automatic metering, zone focus shooting and comes from an established name. Oh and it shoots frugal half frame too. But hang on another camera ticks those boxes and offers more. Meet the Lomography LC-A Wide.

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A Brief History Of Photography By Objects -15- Photograph of a Prince, 1869

You’re probably wondering why a photograph of a minor member of the Victorian British royal family features here. Prince Arthur was captured using by then well established photography techniques. Nor was Arthur a photographic innovator. But it is what the image was then used for. A revolution in print & news coverage.

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A wee half to go – The Ilford Ilfocolor Rapid Half-Frame disposable

In 2023, lo-fi analogue cameras were pretty much everywhere offering a disposable like experience but in a reusable more ECO package. But Ilford Imaging launched 2 disposables in the last 2 years. And the latest one of those was a half frame. Welcome to the Ilford Ilfocolor Rapid Half Frame.

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Dead Hand Cameras

5 cameras you’d need to prise out of my cold dead hands

What film cameras could you not be parted from. It’s a question myself and some other film bloggers have asked ourselves recently. So here’s my list of five cameras you’d need to prise out of my lifeless hands. And there’s a few surprises in here with everything from technical production, to simplicity to in production today cameras.

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Shooting Film on the cheap on the Border in Credit Crunch Britain