First of all, yes, I'm still alive. I've just had about no time for anything over the past few months. But, I did manage to get up to New York yesterday for a day at PhotoPlus Expo, and I figure I'd better tell you all about it. Now, where to start ....
The BIG NEWS! Polaroid Originals!
Ha! Bet ya didn't see that coming, did you? One of the funnest things at the show was a big booth of Polaroid cameras and film. Seems that Polaroid is producing a new version of the OneStep called, predictably, the OneStep 2. And, not surprisingly, it looks a lot like the original OneStep.
The OneStep 2, which costs just under a hundred bucks, uses Polaroid i-Type films. Unlike the old Polaroid cameras, the OneStep 2 uses its own rechargeable battery, so the i-Type films don't need to have batteries as part of the film pack. i-Type film is available in both color and black-and-white for $16 per 8-shot pack.
If you've already got a Polaroid OneStep, 600 film is also back in production, along with SX-70 and Spectra films. And, you can also purchase refurbished SX-70, Sun 600, and Spectra cameras.
- You can find out all about the new i-Type Polaroids here: https://us.polaroidoriginals.com/
- Legacy products (and other new products as well) are at the Polaroid mothership: http://www.polaroid.com/
- And, you can order all of this from B&H: https://goo.gl/DtnqK9
Seriously, this was the funnest thing at the show. But wait. There's more!
If you think Polaroid is going to let Fujifilm have all the fun with analog/digital hybrid instant cameras, you'd pretty much be wrong. And honestly, I think Polaroid's done a better job of it.
The Polaroid POP is a sub-$200 digital camera with image editing, WiFi transfer, and color printing in one nifty little unit. Using the screen on the back, you can edit your shots and choose which ones you'd like to print. When you tell it to "go", a digital print pops out of the top, like a little picture toaster. You can offload images to your tablet or phone for editing and archiving or social media sharing, and store them on a micro-SD card. And, you can even send them back to the camera for printing later on Polaroid ZINK paper. It takes about 30 seconds to print, at a cost of about a dollar each.
- You can find out about Polaroid POP here: http://www.polaroid.com/pop
- The POP camera is available in a whole slew of colors from Amazon: https://goo.gl/Ds87F3
- ZINK paper is here: https://goo.gl/1b6RW8
This was the second funnest thing at the show. Okay, that's it. I went all the way to New York, just to see that. No, not really. There was more.
Rick Friedman on the Unique Photo stage
I love to see this guy. He's always entertaining, he's a nice guy, and I always learn something. And, usually, he makes me spend money, though I didn't this time. He's the one who got me sold on the Rogue Flashbender speedlight modifiers.
As usual, he was making the amazing look simple, and doing it in a way that mere mortals can actually reproduce using gear that mere mortals can actually afford. He was using a couple or three Nissin flashes and their little radio transmitter on a Nikon D-something-or-another. They make them for Canon, too, and the idea works equally well with the Yongnuo YN560-series.
I still need/want to get one more of the Flashbender XL sets, but I'm not in a super hurry for it just yet.
Soon, though. Soon. I have some ideas for shoots I want to do. Just need time, the right location(s), and a willing victi--- er, subject.
- The Rogue Flashbender web site: https://www.rogueflash.com/
- All the Flashbender products at Unique Photo: https://goo.gl/QBe5TS
Okay. Time to get serious, and talk about Fujifilm...
The Fujifilm X-E3: How Not to Improve a Camera
Most of you know how much I enjoy my X-E2 and X-E1 cameras. They have neat "rangefinder-like" styling. They have a plethora of well-thought-out and well-arranged controls. They're a nice, comfortable size. They have a nifty, useful pop-up flash. About all it was lacking was a tilting LCD.
We wanted a tilting LCD screen. We didn't get it. Instead, we got a smaller body and a larger screen. That means we lost some buttons and a 4-way selector, replaced by a quirky touch-screen. We wanted a tilting LCD screen. Well, that, and the 24MP sensor and processor from the X-T2/X-T20. At least we got that.
Which means that when I do make my next body upgrade, I'll need to leave my beloved X-E series behind, and move to something in the X-T line. Probably the X-T20. Which retains the controls I love, and adds the tilting screen and new sensor/processor we wanted.
Fujifilm's digital photography website is: https://goo.gl/ULs151
I guess that's about enough for tonight. I'll do another post tomorrow, along with my early-on thoughts about Adobe's direction with Lightroom CC.