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02 Jun '18

Pixl-latr - a New, Cost-Effective Way to Digitize Film

Posted by Mike Padua in 35mm, gear, large format, medium format, news, scanning

The pixl-latr

In my photographic process, scanning film has always been the most the most tedious process and always the bottleneck.

Recently, Hamish Gill of 35mmc.com announced the "pixl-latr," an affordable and easy to use solution to scan film, will soon be heading to Kickstarter.

From what I've seen, it looks like an interesting solution to a problem that many of us have.

Head over to http://pixl-latr.com to to get signed up for the mailing list and stay up to date with the product and the upcoming Kickstarter campaign!

09 Feb '18

Chroma - a New Large Format Camera Made of Laser Cut Acrylic

Posted by Mike Padua in gear, large format

Chroma by Steve Lloyd

For many film photographers (admittedly myself included), large format photography is an unfamiliar frontier. Whether it's all the technicalities (lens movements? Bellows? What does it all mean?) or a matter of price and accessibility, there's a large number of us that just haven't gotten to the point where we feel comfortable diving in just yet.

That may soon change.

Steve Lloyd, whose Chroma project I've been following for the past few months, is now live on Kickstarter.

As Steve explains, he wanted to build a large format camera that was light and easy to carry, so he did what any sane and reasonable person would do: he designed a camera from the ground-up. Weighing in at roughly 1 Kilo, or just over 2 pounds and being made of laser-cut acrylic, it can be made in any number of colors!

Chroma Camera Colors

If you can't tell, I'm excited. This camera will be my first foray into large format photography and I'm especially excited that I'm supporting a brilliant maker and friend with his project.

I'd drop all the tech specs here, but I'll be the first to admit that I don't know what most of it means, so it's best that I just direct you to the Kickstarter campaign for all those juicy details.

Also, as we had the idea a little later on in the process, ShootFilmCo is working with Steve on creating a limited edition custom Chroma Lapel Pin available as one of the rewards. Design is not yet finalized but we're going to unveil those very soon.