August 3, 2022
Drobo looks complete…The new Instax smartphone app + printer is doing interesting things…Do it in the dark…
Drobo looks ready
Manufacturer of advanced storage devices dropo File for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California, which may be a concern for photographers and videographers who use external Drobo systems.
Drobo has been around since 2005 and has attracted photographers with its proprietary technology and early examples of software RAID, multi-drive units, and hot-swappable drives.
Drobo products have garnered some high-profile reviews over the years, like the one by influential photography writer Scott Kilby: I’m done with Drobo. There have been no new product releases in recent years.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows a company to trade out of its difficulties, but Drobo doesn’t seem to be in a position to do so – it’s said to be out of stock.
Authorized local distributor, Droboworks.com.au warns visitors about it “Due to the unprecedented delays, all Drobo products are being ordered indefinitely and cannot be purchased.” When visiting a Drobo online store in the US, all products are flagged as “SOLD OUT”.
Instax smartphone printer + app does interesting things
Fujifilm released a file Instax Mini Link 2 A smartphone printer with customizable frames and color modes for photos.
The companion Instaxair app allows the user to hold the Mini Link 2 in the air and use it to “draw” in the air and apply drawn effects directly to the 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 at the top, and aiming the side valve to draw in the air .
What is being drawn will then appear in the air in an in-app print preview, and once the user is happy with the look, the drawings will appear on the print itself when printed with the Mini Link 2. The app can also 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 view the video, download it or share it on social media. Understood?
Prints can be set to be either high in color or plain.
In addition to smartphone compatibility, the Mini Link 2 works with the Fujifilm X-S10 Series X mirrorless camera. You can send photos from the X-S10 directly to the Mini Link 2.
Accompanying the new printer’s release is a new instant film, Instax Mini Spray Art, featuring what Fujifilm describes as a “light-reflecting rainbow spray design.”
The Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 is available in three colours: pink, white and blue. The new printer and film have been available since late 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 delves into the photography film industry.
Here is the link to the 1 hour episode of the movie base industry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQKy1KJpSVc
Making photographic film is a very complex process (elaborately advanced manufacturing) – with tolerances similar to those of the semiconductor industry.
Podcaster Destin Sandlin just released the second in the series, which looks at coating photo-sensitive emulsions on a film base.
Sandlin was taken by coating negative Ektar 100 color film.
Here is the link for the second podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?