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5 Polaroid Cameras Worth Owning, Shooting, and Collecting

Polaroid cameras are a dime a dozen, and utterly fantastic. But some are more fantastic than others. While I love the ubiquitous 600-series machines for their ease of use and their ability to pull me right back to the ’80s, I can understand why some shooters and collectors regard them as a bit boring. These are the Polaroids for the masses that we’ve all seen a hundred times, and they’re all just about the same. But not all Polaroid cameras are…

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Leica Sofort – Instant Camera Review

It’s the end of 2016, a year of global controversies, and today we’re here to examine what might be the most divisive object in the history of mankind. It’s Leica’s newest film camera, the Sofort, the most controversial camera the world has ever known. And while I acknowledge the ridiculousness of the words ‘controversial’ and ‘camera’ landing adjacent to one another in a sentence, them’s the facts. From the moment it was announced, the Sofort was up against it. Photo…

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Remember the ’90s – Camera Edition

If it isn’t already apparent, James and I love old things, and when it comes to cameras, you can’t beat the classics. Cameras of the past were simpler to operate, more fun to shoot, and just plain looked better. Given the choice, I’ll pick a humble Minolta SRT-101 over a Canikon D420 Mark XVIII any day of the week and I’ll look better shooting one, too. But most of the timeless cameras we all love hail from the mid 1980s…

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Leica Store Boston Opening Weekend, Sneak Peak at Leica’s Sofort Instax Camera, and My First Instameet

I walk east down Boylston Street as the early morning sun continues its slow ascent ahead of me. Knife-edged shadows cut into the gleaming, white marble of the buildings that loom on each side, creating a powerful interplay between light and dark. The stark contrast reminds me of the photography of Fan Ho, though as I cross the street and glance at the two annoyed drivers I’ve forced to stop (one in a convertible Bentley, the other a Mercedes Geländewagen) the tenuous similarities between Ho’s Hong Kong…

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Mint InstantFlex TL70 – Instant Camera Review

I spent this past weekend shooting an instant camera like no other. Mint’s InstantFlex TL70 is a twin lens reflex in the vein of Rollei and other TLRs of the distant past. Its vintage-inspired twin lenses sit ready to expose Fujifilm’s decidedly modern Instax pack film, and while it’s a superbly fun camera, it’s also something of a conundrum. This unique camera from Hong Kong promises to “make ordinary days extraordinary”, but with its uncommonly high price, is it a worthwhile…

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Polaroid Snap – Camera Review

Polaroid is back with a brand-new instant film camera. Good stuff! But wait, what year is it? Did we slip backwards through a wormhole? Did the space-time continuum rip itself to shreds? Does anyone have Christopher Lloyd’s phone number? Okay, relax. It’s 2015, alright, and a quick glance out the window shows no sign of our planet being devoured by a black hole. Yes, indeed, Polaroid instant cameras really do exist here in 2015. And what’s even more exciting than…

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Polaroid Snap, a New Instant Camera Now Available

Instant camera buffs rejoice, because today there’s a new option for unbridled, instant-print photo fun. That’s right, Polaroid Snap is finally available, and this isn’t your grand-pappy’s Polaroid. The Snap harkens back to the glory days of the company made famous by Edwin Land, allowing shooters to instantly print a pocket-sized, honest-to-goodness photo. Amazing stuff, made even more charming in this age of ephemeral digital photos. We’ll be running some film through the Snap this weekend, so look for our review…

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DIY Photo Frame Using Polaroid Film Cartridges

Looking for a hip and inexpensive way to frame and showcase some of your best photos? If so, watch our latest video. In it we show how to take old, empty Polaroid film cartridges and turn them into slick and stylish photo frames. In less than three minutes you’ll have a unique accent ready to hang. The more you’ve got, the better they look. So why not get ambitious and fill an entire wall with these easy-to-make photo frames? For our “How to” video, what you’ll need,…

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5 Great Film Cameras Under $100

These days, film cameras are a dime a dozen, and while they may not be as alluring as the newest mirror-less marvel from Sony, they’re definitely worth owning. Not convinced? Then consider that just a few decades ago these machines were being used by every professional photographer and photojournalist in the world to capture everything from product photos to war-zones, portraits to moon landings. Yes, film cameras have been to the moon. And you haven’t. Show some respect. What’s the…

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