Posts Tagged ‘Kodak’

Polaroid’s History of Innovation, War, and Lawsuits

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Ronald K. Fierstein is a man who has had a front row seat to the evolution of photography as we know it. He’s a lawyer who helped represent Polaroid during its lengthy legal battle with Eastman Kodak over patents.

Fierstein has written a new book that sheds light on the life and career of Polaroid founder Edwin Land, the “original Steve Jobs” (Jobs revered Land and modeled his career after his). It’s titled A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War.
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A Medium Format Pinhole Camera Designed to Look Like the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye

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The Kodak Brownie line of affordable cameras was first introduced in 1900 and cost $1, bringing photography to the masses and pioneering snapshot photography. Mexican photographer Raymundo Panduro of Tlaquepaque, Jalisco wanted to pay tribute to this iconic camera, so he spent two weeks (in his free time) building a homemade pinhole camera based on a Brownie Hawkeye that he had purchased at a flea market.
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Teardown of the Kodak DCS315 Offers an Inside Look at One of the World’s First DSLRs

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Before Canon and Nikon became juggernauts in the world of DSLRs, Kodak actually created one of the first DSLRs by modifying the Nikon Pronea 6i film SLR. Called the Kodak DCS315, the camera was the world’s first DSLR to feature an image preview LCD and JPEG processing in the camera itself. It was launched in 1998 and boasted an amazing (at the time) 1.5 megapixels.
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Video: ‘Film Didn’t Die with Kodak’s Chapter 11′ or, How Analog is Making a Comeback

“Film didn’t die with Kodak’s Chapter 11” bankruptcy filing in 2012, says the Financial Times. The British newspaper aired the 8-minute segment above that explores the renaissance that appears to be going on in the world of analog photography.

“Only a few manufacturers now make film and much less of it, but celluloid appears to be making a comeback.” Renewed interest in older technologies has also been found in other industries as well: the music industry saw vinyl record sales surge by nearly 50% in 2014. Perhaps we’re seeing something similar happening with film photography…

(via Financial Times via Eric Kim)

Kodak’s First Smartphone is a Simple Photo-Centric Android-Powered Device

Announcing the KODAK IM5 Smartphone: Simplifying the Smartphone Experience

Kodak announced it would be jumping into the smartphone game late last year, and today the company did. The device is called the IM5 and is a stupidly simple Android device that is geared toward helping people snap, share, and print photos with minimal hassle.
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Kodak Jumping Into Smartphones with Photo-Centric Devices in 2015

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Kodak is jumping into the world of smartphones to try and make a splash in mobile photography. The company has announced that it will be launching a number of mobile devices in 2015.
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This 360° Action Cam is Kodak’s Interesting Response to the GoPro

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Kodak, or rather JK Imaging pretending to be Kodak, recently launched a new entry into the action camera market. It’s called the Kodak PixPro SP360, and its intriguing form factor and lens allow it to capture 16-megapixel photographs and 1080p video with a 360º field of view. Read more…

Blast from the Past: Kodak Ad from 2006 Said Kodak Would Take Over the Digital Revolution

In the funny-but-also-sad ad from 2006, Kodak sought to convince the world that it was ready to move to the forefront of the digital revolution that it had given birth to and then ignored for so long. You know… the same one that ended up forcing the company to declare bankruptcy a little more than half a decade later. Read more…

Kodak Announces the End of Its Much-Loved BW400CN C-41 Black & White Film

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Kodak recently issued an official statement confirming the discontinuation of yet another film stock: the much-loved, fine grain, chromogenic black & white film BW400CN. Read more…

Martin Scorsese Writes Passionate Letter to Kodak in Defense of Film

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Just last week we shared the news that a number of top filmmakers were helping to save Kodak motion picture film, pushing through a deal between the noted film manufacturer and studios.

While initial reports stated Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow and J.J. Abrams are all dropping some names and heartfelt thoughts on the matter, a letter to Kodak from iconic director Martin Scorsese recently poured some serious gasoline on the film-love fire. Read more…