digital film for your analog camera?

(read to the end, because this ain’t real)
it appears that all the digital gurus are starting to miss the using their 35mm cameras, but no one still wants to pay to process every couple dozen shots. have no fear! RE digital film cartridges will make using that old camera is now as easy as 1, 2, 3

 

this film will be released in the fall, and is the size of  standard 35m film. the site still has a few “coming soon” sections (such as sample images) so whether the photos will turn out more like digital images, more like film images, or some weird hybrid of both is yet to be determined. but by selling the RE-35 as “vintage” and “classic” they seem to be targeting both the older, long time analog users and the newer “we love anything vintage” (dare-i-say) hipster crowd.

depending on the cost, though, this could end up sitting on shelves like all those analogs apparently do, right next to your vcr and that digital photo-frame you got for christmas.

heaven forbid someone just learn to develop their own film ::gasp!:: … or maybe that’s a bit too nostalgic

p.s. don’t get thrown off by my april 5th post … this was just one big april fools prank product. gotcha?!

p.p.s. don’t you wish it actually existed though? i posted this with high hopes! (only now does the site have the disclaimer up)

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art + medicine = 3rd eye

Wafaa Bilal surgically implanted a camera into the back of his head so that he can record his life (backwards?) for a year. Apparently the camera will take a picture every minute, with a live stream to the Arab Museum of Modern Art and online. It started photographing on December 15, 2010.


photo from http://media.npr.org/assets/news/2010/12/29/camera.jpg?t=1293654177&s=12

An interesting idea, with 2 points to note.
First, how will this work at night, and how much would it suck to sleep with a camera impaled into your head? I’ve fallen asleep with headphones on and even that hurts.
Second, on that same note, apparently it was only the camera mount that was implanted, which means the camera can be removed at night. Of course this means that it wont be taking a true back-of-the-head shot a minute if the camera is on the night stand.

If you’re not squeamish, you can check out the “installation” video below:

The video talks about how we are probably unknowingly photographed all the time and our actual current state of privacy. But will this change how Wafaa acts and what he does, whether on purpose or subconsciously, knowing he is recording his life out of the 3rd eye? Maybe he will move around more so that the images change more frequently. Maybe he sleeps less because he is in pain. Maybe he stops standing in front of mirrors. Maybe he spends the year contemplating why he didn’t just attach the camera to a hat.

Either way, this could be interesting, a bit like the Truman Show meets the Matrix. I just hope they compile the photos and speed them up at the end of the year. I just checked the streaming images and all i see is a brick wall.

So Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away

Steve McCurry shot the last roll of Kodachrome ever made, with the last three shots in Parsons, Kansas – the last place in the world to develop the film, but only through 2010.

People have been sending in film from around the globe to the little family photo business. According to the NY Times, one guy brought in 1,580 rolls of film which cost him $15,798 to develop. All, 50,000 slides were of railroad trains.