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Five Gifts You Can Buy for a Film Photographer at Wal-Mart for Under $30

In the United States we’re celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday this week. Following turkey dinners and visiting family is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. The super-mega-giant-retailer Wal-Mart has numerous early bird specials and Black Friday deals. Believe it or not, you can find gifts for film photographers at very reasonable prices. Plus, many items can shipped to the store and picked it up at your convenience. I like this option because then I don’t worry about a package sitting on my doorstep all day in the snow and cold while I’m at work.

Here are five gifts you can buy online from Wal-Mart for a film photographer for under thirty bucks:

1. 35mm FujiFilm, $8.70 – $12.41. This 200 and 400 speed film is perfect for testing that vintage camera you found at the top of the closet, bought at a thrift store, or on eBay. It’s cheap, it’s dependable, and convenient to send off for developing.

FujiFilm ISO 200 35mm Color Print Film – 24 Exposures, 4 Pack

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 35mm Color Film – 24 Exposures, 4 Pack

2. Impossible Film $22.95. Though it’s carried on Wal-Mart’s website, it’s supplied and shipped through Cameta Camera. They carry a wide selection of Impossible SX-70 and 600-Type films. For a few dollars more you can buy Impossible Film in multiple packs, or multiple packs with lens cleaning cloths. Note: these are item that must be shipped directly to you.

Impossible Color and Black & White Film

3. Rocket blower and cleaning supplies, $13.95. Keep your lenses and cameras clean with the Giottos Rocket Blower. This Rocket Blower is the most popular on the market because you can stand it up on a flat surface. This kit is sold and shipped through Cameta and includes lens cleaning solution and those useless lens tissues.

Giottos Rocket-Air Blower Professional & Accessory Kit for SLR Cameras

4. Camera bag, $13.73. The Case Logic DCB-304 is big enough for your film SLR and lens. What do you do with all those pockets labeled for memory cards and cables? Re-purpose them for film, filters, and more film! This best-selling bag is a great price and perfect for a photowalk. You can pick this item up at the store or have it shipped from eBags.

Case Logic DCB-304 High Zoom Camera Case

5. Stackable hardcase, $24.48. The Apecase Lightweight Stable Case includes egg-crate foam to protect your gear. These cases can be stacked, locked, and will carry your smaller camera gear. And the case is small enough to carry on a flight, 10.2” x 3” x 8.2”.

Ape Case ACLW Lightweight Stackable Case with Foam, 10.2″ x 3″ x 8.2″

Have a great Thanksgiving, enjoy your time with family and loved ones, and if you’re shopping this Friday, be safe.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Instant Film Photographer

If you have someone on your gift list this year who loves instant photography, or is just getting started, here are some great ideas. These range from Impossible Project Film, Fujifilm for old Land Cameras, and some books. I have a review of the Fujifilm Instax SP-1 Smartphone Printer coming up in a few weeks, but I found a good kit deal on Amazon and wanted to share it now.

For Polaroid One Step (600 Series Film) Photographers:

Impossible Color Instant Film (Color Frames Edition) for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras

Impossible Black & White Instant Film (Hardcolor Edition) for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras

Impossible Black & White Instant Film (Round Frame Edition) for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras

Impossible Black & White Instant Film (Silver Frame Edition) for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras

Impossible Black & White Instant Film (Black Frame) for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras

For Polaroid SX-70 (SX-70 Series Film) Photographers:

Impossible Color Instant Film for Polaroid SX-70 Cameras

Impossible Black & White Instant Film for Polaroid SX-70 Cameras

Impossible Color Instant Film (Lulu Guinness Edition) for Polaroid SX-70 Cameras

For old school Polaroid Land Camera (Models 100 through 400) photographers:

Fujifilm FP-100C Professional Color Film

Fujifilm FP-3000B Professional Black & White Film

Land Camera Battery: Exell 4.5V Alkaline Battery

For Fuji Instax Mini Photographers:

 Fujifilm Instax Mini – Twin Film Pack

Best Deal: Fujifilm Instax SHARE SP-1 Instant Film Smartphone Printer (White) with 20 Color Prints, 2 Batteries, Digital Camera Kit


 Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film


Instant: The Story of Polaroid

Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids

Polaroid Land Photography by Ansel Adams & Robert Baker

The Polaroid Book (Taschen’s 25th Anniversary Special Editions)

The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation

Photographer’s Guide to Polaroid Transfer: Step-By-Step