Donald Trump’s Administration to Reverse Ban on Some African Elephant Trophies [Updated]

I’m sure the decision has nothing to do with the Trump brood’s love of shooting animals and posing next to their dead bodies.

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Canon is Selling a USB Drive That Looks Like Its 1950s Rangefinder

Want a beautiful USB drive to store or deliver some photos with? Check out this Canon USB flash drive. It’s designed to look like a miniature replica of the Canon IV SB rangefinder camera that was sold in the 1950s.

The Canon IV was a rangefinder camera series that was compatible with Leica screw mount lenses, produced in the early- and mid-1950s before being replaced by the Canon V series.

Canon’s new USB drive measures 2.8×1.4×1.4 inches and faithfully mimics the look of the classic camera – it’s made of metal and plastic and has 8GB of storage space.

The USB connector is retractable and slides out the side of the camera, and the miniature lens on the front of the camera can also be removed for realism.

“This exclusive replica model honors the Canon IV SB rangefinder camera,” Canon says. “Simply plug it into your Mac or PC device to keep your items safe and secure.”

“A great collectable for the Canon Fan,” Canon’s Australian online store states. “Please note, this is not a functioning rangefinder.”

Canon is selling this Canon IV USB drive exclusively through its online store for the hefty price of $80.

(via Canon via The Phoblographer)


P.S. There are also USB flash drives that look like the 5D Mark II and the 5DS.

Kodak’s Ektachrome Reboot is on Track Despite $46M Loss and 425 Layoffs

Earlier this year in January, Kodak announced it was bringing back its popular Ektachrome film. After a period of silence and recent news that the company is laying off 425 employees after losing $46 million, there’s now some good news: Ektachrome’s return is still on track.

Kodak published a 40-minute update from its film factory on the current status of its Ektachrome reboot work, and things sound quite positive.

“The process is coming along really well,” Kodak says. “We’ve been busy testing and making sure it meets all the expectations that exist in this passionate community.”

Kodak is using “all new equipment” on a much smaller scale to make the film, bringing costs down for smaller manufacturing runs. Continuing to produce the film had been cost-prohibitive before, but now that’s becoming less of a factor.

Ektachrome was created in the 1940s and is a reversal film, meaning it’s a positive image on a transparent base rather than a negative. Kodak ceased manufacturing it in 2013.

The film was manufactured with over 80 ingredients, and when Kodak originally stopped manufacturing the rolls, they “lost” specific ingredients – many of them couldn’t be purchased anymore. A huge challenge for Kodak to overcome was simply sourcing all the chemicals and materials required for the reboot.

However, the good news is they have all been located. After that, the team had to find all of the necessary components to properly process Ektachrome.

With those steps completed, Kodak is now starting to test the film. The company has created a number of smaller rolls for initial tests. The next step is creating support rolls – large sheets of plastic material measuring 6,000 feet by 4 feet. The film rolls are unraveled in a darkroom and the emulsions and other chemicals are applied before they are rolled back up into the canisters for testing in the main Kodak film factory.

The first of these rolls will be made and sent to the factory in just a few weeks time.

Kodak is aiming to reassure fans that “this is the real deal” – the actual return of Ektachrome and not just a poor imitation with a catchy name.

Once everything is ready, Kodak will start by making 35mm film and then 16mm before packaging it and sending it out for distribution sometime in 2018.


Image credits: Ektachrome film box photo by Thistle33