110 Film – Here and Now!

above: 110 rebirth in 2012! First shots on new 110 film (Orca 110) on my Minolta Mark II 110 SLR camera at Stonehenge with the FPP guys!

blog by Michael Raso

It’s no secret that I’m crazy about 110 film. Saddened that production of 110 film stopped in 2009, I'm giddy as a child (again) as new color and BW films roll off the assembly lines in 2012!

I’ve been shooting 110 as long as I can remember and as a teen always had my 110 camera in my jacket or pocket. In situations where a clunky 35mm SLR wouldn't fit the bill...110 was always grab 'n go!

My trusty Vivitar 600 (110) camera was always in my pocket.  Above: Trackman, Roy Vorhees and John Rich at Madison Square Garden for the Roger Daltry "Under a Raging Moon" concert. Below: 110 is small and fun enough to pass around! Me at a college mixer in the fall of 1985.

Eastman Kodak invented the 110 format as a companion product to it’s other cartridge film – 126. The film was easy to load and fun to shoot for family members 8 to 80.

Mid-1970s Kodak 110 film ad.

The 110 format was amazingly popular in the United States from 1972 through the late 1990s and remained available til 2009.

Kodak launched elaborate ad campaigns featuring Hollywood actors Mark Hamill, Michael Landon and Dick Van Dyke. Millions of cameras were sold and was only slowed down by the “point ‘n shoot” 35mm boon in the early 1990s.

above: Kodak's famous TV Spots from the 1970s

With a mainstream shift to 35mm and APS film in the 1990s, 110 was mostly forgotten and in 2009 both Kodak and Fujifilm discontinued the film.

With a die-hard core following and enough interest and potential, the Lomographic Film Society launched a brand-new 110 camera and two new 110 films in early 2012.

In the early summer Films Reborn of China also released two new 110 film stocks.

110 film is back! If you don't own a 110 camera, I'll betcha that your parents or grandparents own one! Dig out that old camera and start shootin’!

The FPP Store is fully stocked with 110 film and 110 cameras! (Samples below)

In Spring 2012 Lomography announced Orca 100, a brand new BW 110 film. Below: Orca image shot on the Minolta Mark II SLR and the new Lomography Baby Fisheye 110 camera.

Summer 2012 brought us a new 200 asa color print film by Lomography called Tiger 110. Below: Pink Delicates shot on the Kodak Ektralite 10 camera on Tiger 200 / Woodland Lake, NJ on the Minolta Mark II SLR / Tiger 200

Itching for a new 110 film at a higher film speed? Fukkatsu saved the day when they introduced a 400 speed color 110 film called Fukkatsu 400! Below: FPP guy Dane some on the Kodak 20 Instamatic camera / Fukkatsu 400 film.

Don't forget to tune into The Film Photography Podcast Internet Radio Show. One of the few places on the planet that all-film, all-the time!

Comments

Jim's picture
I had a Keystone 110 camera in the 80s. Took it on a trip to Germany. Still regret not buying something better, as all my prints are grainy and fuzzy. Maybe I should have ponied up the few extra dollars for a Kodak, or maybe I should have splurged on an entry-level 35 mm P&S. But I have to admit, knowing 110 is available again... makes me feel nostalgic.
The Real Dave's picture
They are making 110 again? Maybe my Estes Astrocam will fly again! Where can you get it processed?
Adam's picture
I spent the 80's shooting on my mothers hand-me-down Kodak Instamatic. That camera is long gone, but I picked up an original Minolta 110 SLR (mk 1) that I am looking forward to shooting with. The macro feature on it will be so much fun. Waiting for my first batch of film to arrive.
Antony Shepherd's picture
I need to get hold of a dev tank that can take 110 and some of this film, so I can bring my Pentax Auto 110 out of retirement!
Lance's picture
Now we need to get some manufacturer to start producing both 110 reels and 110 scanning masks. The only current film reels and development tanks on the market seem to be the Yankee Clipper Tanks. And, if the vast majority of reviewers are to believed, they are abysmal in quality. I do plan to shoot some 110 film (just ordered a roll of Tiger from the FPP store), but what will keep me shooting it on a regular basis will be the ability to buy and develop my own black and white film at home. Otherwise, it's too costly for me to shoot often.
Nano_Burger's picture

Lance,

You can make your own scanning mask as I'm pretty sure the major scanner makers will ignore 110 as a blip on thier spreadsheet.  Here is my tutorial:

 

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Scanner-Mask-for-110-Film/

 

It is for one particular flatbed scanner, but the concept should work on any.

N-B

Jim Austin, Jimages's picture
Lively, varied and informative. This was a fun read, Mike! Liked seeing you in your college days, too.
JeffRbee's picture
Anybody find a commercial processor, yet?

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