We all know that the current “hipster” phase is bringing all sorts of weird trends back. High waisted pants, shoes that look like they came from the Salem witch trials, and glasses so big they fall off your face. Well, the photography industry seems to be relishing in these vintage trends as they bring back some much loved products of our pasts. Check out a couple recent finds in not-so-vintage camera news:
Kodak Goes to Washington
Whether you’re into politics or not, you’re surely aware that there have been a few debates over the past couple of weeks. If you’ve managed to make it through the entire three ring circus, you may have noticed a few familiar yellow friends pop up in the background. No, we’re not talking about Big Bird…we’re talking about Kodak disposable cameras! In the 90s, the disposable camera was all the rage for on-the-go photography, but since the dawning of the digital camera these little recyclable beauties have all but gone extinct.
Knowing that secret service regulations would prohibit people from using their much loved cell phones and digital cameras, Kodak seemed to have jumped at the opportunity to put their prized product back in the hands of American consumers. That’s why when you look at the post coverage of the debates you’ll see people passing along their old school disposable cameras instead of their iPhone 5!
Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture
You no longer have to shake your Polaroid pictures to get them to develop, but you CAN still have the instant satisfaction of tangible pictures in the palm of your hand! This summer Polaroid released a new, instamatic (not to be confused with Instagram) camera that uses Zink’s Zero Ink Paper paper to create on the spot printed pictures. It is called the Polaroid Z2300 and the product launched in August of this year. Without the printer cartridge, this is just your regular 10 megapixel digital camera that shoots to an SD card. Add the 2×3 inch paper and you’re suddenly able to create those instant memories just like you did as a kid!
Just like the Polaroid of old, though, the paper comes with a price tag. A pack of 50 prints costs $24.99. Not a huge price tag, but considering you could get 50 prints off a regular digital camera printed for mere cents, it’s worth considering if the vintage experience is really worth the cost.
What do you think? Do you like seeing these old classics back in the limelight? Or are there some technologies you wish would disappear forever? Let us know! Leave a comment below or head on over to the Video Blocks Facebook page to join in on the fun.
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