Photo Expo is in town, and Fuji sent a press release to Dick that its new instant print camera can do video. When Dick got there, Fuji told him the press release was a little over the top. It has a new instant camera that shoots 15 seconds of video that you can view and save to the SD card, but you obviously can't print it. You can use a jog dial on it to print the best still frame from the video. This new camera is called the Instax Square SQ20 and it was released on October 20, and Amazon will have it starting in November.
Mark wants to get a DSLR that will use the lenses from his dad's old OM1 film camera. Leo says the the Olympus OMD is a great choice for a new body, and Mark will need an adapter to fit the lenses in most DLSR cameras.
Chris convinced Leo to buy a film camera and he got a really nice Leica with a bunch of black and white rolls of film. What's exciting is that Leo's seeing more people posting images from their film photography on instagram. Chris says that this hybrid method of scanning and turning your film digital to share online gives you the best of both worlds. Chris says film is a great skill for a digital photographer because you have to make a conscious decision about what you're shooting.
This week, Chris wants to talk about going back to using a film camera. It's not really for everyone, but Chris says the best thing about it is that it forces him to think about what he's shooting and how everything is lit. It forces him to meter and it gives him an appreciation for how digital photography really works.
You get a film camera for really cheap, but here's a few things to look for:
Chris says that film is having a resurgence lately, and it could be due to the fact that film cameras are so cheap on eBay. The challenge is getting the film developed, but people are starting to rediscover it and that could mean that specialty developers will crop up. But the good news is, that if you have to develop in your house, the gear is also cheap! Then you scan the negatives into your computer and make them digital again. And what this also means is that due to the cheap cost of equipment, users can experiment with other formats like medium format cameras.