Kodak launches Tri-X 400TX film-loaded disposable camera
Kodak has announced a new single-use camera designed to rekindle enthusiasts’ passion for disposable cameras, with a body preloaded with 27 frames of the classic Kodak Professional Tri-X 400TX black and white film.
Even the best disposable cameras are not as popular as they used to be, despite the reappearance of film photography as a medium in recent years, with traditional darkroom practices still being taught in educational settings. By wrapping this throwaway with Tri-X – considered by many to be the best film for 35mm cameras – Kodak hopes to rekindle the passion for striking, contrasting shots among the masses.
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The new Kodak Professional Tri-X 400TX single-use camera features a 30mm f / 10 dual element lens, claims to have the brightest flash of any single-use camera, and is designed with a Power Flash Automatic with a dual element aspherical lens (powered by one AA battery) to eliminate the hassle of shooting indoors. The camera also features a fixed single shutter speed of 1/125 second with a focus range of 1.3m to infinity.
The camera can be taken to any lab that processes black and white film to be developed, and is convenient for processing in a home darkroom if the user chooses to do so. There are âTech Pubsâ on the Kodak site that you can refer to for more information on home treatment.
While it might seem a bit pointless to own a single-use product in more environmentally friendly times, this camera can be recycled to reduce the environmental impact. Traditional analog cameras will always be preferable to single-use cameras from an environmental perspective, but single-use cameras have their own advantages when used in specific situations.
According to a Waste Connect backgrounder, Kodak has responded to concerns about single-use cameras by starting to recycle and reuse its disposable cameras. When a used camera is dropped off at a Kodak booth, the packaging will be sent to a recycling center for re-shredding and reuse. Other camera parts and batteries are tested and reused within Kodak Company, with all recycled disposable camera parts sent to a Kodak manufacturing facility.
There is no news on the price of the camera yet, although with contemporary disposables ranging from $ 10- $ 35, we’re probably looking in that price range.
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