Film is not dead: Ferrania to start producing film again

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Finally a good news for film shooters: Film Ferrania is going to start producing film again (35mm and 120 still formats, as well as Super 8 and 16mm cine formats) - they are making something similar to what The Impossible Project did with Polaroid. Film Ferrania is a new company that bought last year part of the ex-factory of Ferrania Films in Ferrania (Italy). Their website has recently been updated and there will be an official announcement in mid-September (for Photokina). They also ask costumers to take a brief survey. Here are few quotes from their website (see also FAQ):

"We're back! We apologize for our silence over the past months - but we have been preparing for a big announcement coming in mid-September."

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"The new film is a re-engineered version of the Scotch Chrome 100 previously produced by the IMATION company and it does not have anything in common with the old 3M slide film from '70s. Is was a modern film available in three speeds: 100, 640 and 800/3200 ISO that we are going to reintroduce on the market in an improved version and finished also in motion picture small formats."

Here is a short documentary about the original Ferrania factory:

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New Ricoh WG-M1 camera listed on Indonesian Communication Agency website

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The Indonesian Communication Agency has a new listings on their website for a Ricoh WG-M1 camera. This new model will most likely replace the already discontinued Pentax Optio WG-1. It will be interesting to see if they will really change the name from Pentax to Ricoh.

Via Digicame-info

See the updated Photokina 2014 rumors roundup.

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Panasonic to announce a new GM2 MFT camera and another compact with a 4/3 sensor

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I received some information that Panasonic will announce a new GM2 MFT camera that will have a built-in EVF and a hot shoe (the previous GM1 model did not have a hot shoe). The company is also rumored to announce a new point and shoot/compact camera (fixed lens) with a 4/3 sensor inside.

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Zeiss to release two new Loxia full frame manual focus lenses: 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2

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I received some additional information on the upcoming Zeiss Loxia manual focus lenses specially designed for full frame mirrorless cameras - the first two models that will be announced at Photokina this year will be 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2. Stay tuned for additional details.

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Fuji X30 compact camera officially announced

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Fujifilm officially announced the previously rumored X30 compact camera. The price of the X30 is $599.95 (available for pre-order in black and silver). Sample images taken with the X30 can be found here.

Additional details:

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New Zeiss Photokina teaser, “Loxia” manual focus lenses for full frame mirrorless cameras expected

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Zeiss has a new Photokina teaser on their blog - it looks like they will be announcing several new lenses. The lens on the top left seems to be for a mirrorless camera, while the big lens on the lower left I think is the new Otus (see Photokina 2014 rumors roundup).

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Casio to announce a new EX-FR10 camera with detachable LCD screen/remote control

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Update: the camera is now officially announced.

Casio will soon announce a new EX-FR10 action camera with a detachable LCD screen that can be used as a remote control. Here are the specifications:

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