August 3, 2022

Drobo seems done…The new Instax smartphone app and printer does cool things…Do it in the dark…

Drobo seems done

High-end storage device manufacturer drobo filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California, which could be a cause for concern for photographers and videographers using Drobo external drive systems.

Drobo has been around since 2005 and has attracted photographers with its proprietary technology and early examples of software RAID, multi-drive drives, and hot-swappable drives.
Drobo products have had some pretty harsh high-profile reviews over the years, like this one from influential photography writer Scott Kelby: I’m done with Drobo. There have been no new product launches in recent years.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows a company to get out of its difficulties, but Drobo doesn’t seem in a position to do so: he is reported to be exhausted.

Local Authorized Dealer, warns visitors that “Due to unprecedented delays, all Drobo products are back-ordered indefinitely and cannot be purchased.” A visit to Drobo’s own US online store marks all products as ‘OUT OF STOCK’.

Instax printer and smartphone app do cool things

Fujifilm has released the Instax Mini Link 2 smartphone printer, with customizable frames and image color modes.

The accompanying Instaxair app allows the user to hold the Mini Link 2 in the air and use it to ‘draw’ in the air and apply painted effects directly onto a print. Here’s Fujifilm’s slightly confusing explanation of the apps’ functionality: The Instaxair app feature allows Mini Link 2 users to add graphics to their prints, including bubbles, petals, neon, spray paint, or a glittery look, simply by holding the Mini Link 2, pressing the feature button on the back. top and pointing. the side LED to draw in the air.

“Whatever is drawn in the air will appear in the print preview in the app, and once the user is satisfied with how it looks, the graphics will appear in print when printed with the Mini Link 2. The app can even record a video of the drawing and share the moment as a printable QR code that appears on the print. The QR code can be scanned to watch the video, download it or share it on social networks. I have it?

Printouts can be set to be either full color or normal.

In addition to smartphone compatibility, the Mini Link 2 works with the Fujifilm X-S10 mirrorless X-series camera. You can send photos from the X-S10 directly to the Mini Link 2.

A new instant film, Instax Mini Spray Art, featuring what Fujifilm describes as “a light-reflecting rainbow spray design,” accompanies the new printer release.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 is available in three colors: pink, white and blue. The new printer and film are available from the end of June. The RRP for the Mini Link 2 is $179.

do it in the dark

Earlier this year, we shared a link to a podcast that took a deep dive into making photographic film.

Here is the link to the first one hour episode, which is about making the base for the movie:

The production of photographic film is an extremely sophisticated process (“elaborately transformed manufacturing”), with tolerances similar to those of the semiconductor industry.

Podcaster Destin Sandlin has just released the second in the series, which looks at the coating of photosensitive emulsions on the base of film.

Sandlin was taken through Ektar 100 color negative film coating.

Here is the link to the second podcast:

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