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Some Instagram Users Unhappy Over Changes to Filters

If you’re a longtime Instagram user that recently upgraded to Version 2, you might have noticed that the filters don’t quite feel the same. Don’t worry, it’s not just you: each of the filters was indeed tweaked in the app’s overhaul. Despite the new live view and faster response times, many users aren’t too happy about the changes that were done to their beloved filters. Owen Billcliffe over at My Glass Eye did a side-by-side comparison between old and new filters to show the differences. The filter shown above, “Lord Kelvin”, has a significantly different look in the new version.

In each of these comparisons, the old version is on the left side.

1977

Brannan

Earlybird

Hefe

Inkwell

Lomo-fi

Nashville

Sutro

Toaster

Walden

XPro II

Billcliffe writes,

Across the board distinctive elements of each filter have been compromised. Filters that were washed out are now more contrasty. Filters that were contrasty are now more washed out. They’ve all drifted towards the same look.

Instagram said that all the filters have been completely re-written to work with the new live preview system and to output far higher resolution images, and it seems to me the re-writes just haven’t nailed the original look. [...] Users preferring the social side may not mind much, but I had some favourite filters that just don’t feel the same at all and I know I’m not alone.

Billcliffe has also written up a tutorial on how to revert back to version 1. Judging from the comments left on his blog post, he isn’t alone in his disappointment. Charlie Sorrel over at Wired has also written a post with the title, “Instagram 2 Ruins Almost Everything“.

Perhaps it would have been wise for Instagram to offer an “old filter/slow operation” choice in addition to having the app run faster with the new filters.

Instagram 2.0 review: Insta-grumble [my glass eye]


Image credits: Photographs by Owen Billcliffe and used with permission


 
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  • http://whipartist.livejournal.com/ Patti B

    Instagram ruins almost everything.  Adding a crappy filter to your crappy photo doesn’t make it artistic– it just makes it annoying.

  • http://flickr.com/jason935 Jason

    I found shooting with real film and a real camera fixes this problem.

  • http://bareform.no/ bonka

    Also, the tilt-shift filter has lost it’s feather, and is – with it’s default sharp edge – more or less unusable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716820514 Frederic Beaulieu

    Indeed, they should have left the existing filters alone.

  • http://earlmigrino.blogspot.com Earl

    I tried to like the new design but when it comes to choosing the filters, it’s feels not right. I like the old version’s ability to just slide through the filters.

  • Anon

    This is the definition of 1st world problems.

  • Anonymous

    people complain about everything.. its a free application, the world is amazing and no one is happy, people don’t appreciate things..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1CZTLk-Gk

  • Poonis

    Seriously? Go use the actual film/camera/lens if you want the effect and stop crying over your damn iPhone app. Seriously a silly 1st world problem

  • http://bareform.no/ bonka

    Of course it is a first world problem. Everything we worry about in our part of the world is. Which makes you a troll and your argument invalid.

    I am using the film/camera/lens and have been doing it for years. And I am using the iPhone app. It shouldn’t be such a difficult concept to grasp

    When they changed the formula of the much beloved Velvia 50 years back, correcting it’s oversaturation of orange, people in the testgeoup complained about it because that’s what made it so special and why landscape and commercial photographers loved it.

    Engineers saw it as a flaw, but it wasn’t. It was its most prominent feature.

    If people complain about a change in something that they like, like the filters in their app or the taste of their tea it’s because they care, that’s all. And that is the best thing a company can ask for.

  • Super Anon

    You are the definition of a first world problem. Going onto a camera forum with nothing better to do than complain about people complaining.

    I can at least admit that I am doing it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Sewell/782344856 Tyler Sewell

    This is frustrating. My hard drive died so I don’t have the old Instagram. Does anyone know how I can get an older copy?

  • Flgraphics

    people have too much time on their hands.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for your reply! I was trying to find an articulate way to reply to Poonis yesterday but couldn’t find the words. Bravo good sir!

  • http://www.richardsnotes.org Richard

    Instagram 2 is a downgrade to what once was an excellent image and sharing app. I’m not using it at all anymore and it’s more than just the filters that sucks: the entire app is slower and the new filter strip at the bottom is poorly designed. Too bad, they really had a huge and growing following and this will be a significant setback for them. No doubt many folks will discover Path in the process of bailing on Instagram.

  • Anon

    lol, you mad bro?

  • Anonymous

    Crap in – crap out. Or in this case: Anything in – instagram/hipstalulz – crap out.

  • http://twitter.com/fantasticmv Manish

    Kudos to instagram for building the first great app in the photo sharing space – but they haven’t moved fast enough. Friendster was the first, great social network that is not around anymore. We have developed Streamzoo to allow for elegant categorization, sharing, filters on Android, iPhone & the web – plus video too! check it out – Review http://bit.ly/qhUnEN

  • http://twitter.com/fantasticmv Manish

    Kudos to instagram for building the first great app in the photo sharing space – but they haven’t moved fast enough. Friendster was the first, great social network that is not around anymore. We have developed Streamzoo to allow for elegant categorization, sharing, filters on Android, iPhone & the web – plus video too! check it out – Review http://bit.ly/qhUnEN

  • http://twitter.com/fantasticmv Manish

    We have developed Streamzoo to allow for elegant categorization, sharing, filters on Android, iPhone & the web – plus video too! check it out – Review http://bit.ly/qhUnEN