The Demise and Comeback of 110 Film

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We all know that the digital world has been boasting of cameras that are getting smaller, thinner, and more compact as time goes by. However, we lomographers are also no strangers to the fact that teeny film cameras have made their marks in the past, made possible by the cartridge-type 110 film format. Read more about 110 film and cameras, and Lomography’s latest surprise after the jump!

Not so long ago, Lomography brought back the glory days of the 110 film format its very own 110 film, the Orca Black and White film! If you need to familiarize yourself with this unique format, or just interested in a little refresher, allow us to give you a brief background on 110 films and cameras.

In 1972, Kodak introduced the cartridge-based film format called 110 film, the miniaturized version of their 126 film. Both 110 and 126 film formats were made for use with Kodak’s Pocket Instamatic cameras, which became very popular among amateur photographers and became prevalent in every household.

This teeny format went on to survive for decades, until Fujifilm stopped producing it in September 2009. However, with the revival of film photography’s influence and popularity in the recent years came the world’s renewed interest in the rather rare photographic format. Suddenly, film photography enthusiasts and camera collectors have been on the lookout for every 110 film and camera that are still out there. Maybe we have some fellow lomographers who were lucky to get their hands on some of these neat 110 cameras:

Photo via Instamatic on Wikipedia

Kodak Pocket Instamatic 100

“Instamatic” was actually the name of Kodak’s series of handy, inexpensive, easy-to-load cameras first introduced in 1963. The early Instamatics first used the cartridge-based 126 film, until Kodak decided to miniaturize the film and introduce a compact format that the world came to know as the 110 film. The first camera to use 110 film was the aptly-named Kodak Pocket Instamatic 100, released in 1972. It was a basic snapshot camera which had a sliding lens cover, a bulb warning in the view finder, and a socket where a MagiCube flash can be attached.

Check out Iconic 110 Cameras: Kodak Pocket Instamatic to learn more about this camera!

Photos via Mirrorless Rumors and The Other Photography Blog on Blogspot

Pentax Auto 110

One of the smallest film cameras ever made, the Pentax Auto 110 is perhaps the smallest SLR camera of all time, complete with interchangeable lenses, automatic exposure, and matching flash. We know you’re curious, so here’s a video review you might want to watch to learn more about this tiny beauty!

Check out Iconic 110 Cameras: Pentax Auto 110 to learn more about this camera!

Photo via Minolta 110 Zoom SLR on Wikipedia

Minolta 110 Zoom SLR

Another notable and sought-after 110-format SLR camera, the Minolta 110 Zoom SLR is easily recognizable for its unconventional flattened shape, made to look like the typical 110 cameras that easily fit in pockets. It has a fully automatic aperture priority exposure, light meter (CdS meter), exposure compensation dial, and a fixed 25-50mm f/4.5-16 lens (allows manual focus zoom and macro focusing to 11 inches).

Check out Iconic 110 Cameras: Minolta 110 Zoom SLR to learn more about this camera!

But wait, we have yet another exciting news for everyone: meet The Fisheye Baby 110, Lomography’s very own 110 snapshooter! This analogue cutie works like her big brother, the Fisheye camera – same effects, same picture size, same fun – only teenie weenie! Do you have some Orca 110 Black and White film? Try it out now with this baby and have fun shooting with probably the most ultra cute and compact analogue companion you’ll ever have!

The Fisheye Baby 110 Basic and Fisheye Baby 110 Metal.

Looking for more information on 110 films and cameras? Check out CameraQuest, Camerapedia, 110 film on Wikipedia, and Kodak 110 Cameras on

The Fisheye Baby 110 Cameras are fully working miniature versions of the Fisheye No. 2 designed especially to fit 110 film. They capture the world in full circle and enable you to produce perfect Fisheye pictures. The Fisheye Baby 110 Cameras come with a bulb mode and are able to capture multiple exposures too. Load them with Lomography Orca B&W 100 and dive into the long forgotten world of 110 photography! Head to the 110 Camera Microsite for more information.

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  1. dollymixture
    dollymixture ·

    Pentax Auto 110 is truly a delight to hold!
    I'm hoping the Minolta is equally as pleasing, although more unique.
    I think what Lomography is doing for analogue photography is fantastic, to bring back a whole format of film to the market. Lets just hope others follow!

  2. weleasewoger72
    weleasewoger72 ·

    My Minolta 110 Zoom SLR came in the post this morning and am waiting for the Minolta 110 Zoom SLR mark 2 to come. The mark 2 looks like a SLR. Can't to start using them both!

  3. dollymixture
    dollymixture ·

    @weleasewoger72 Would it be rude of me to ask how much your's cost you? I'm just wondering what an average price is for one of the Minolta 110 Zoom SLR's as I'm bidding on one on eBay at the moment. I'm tempted by the Mark 2 as well, but it'll have to wait for another month as money won't allow for both at the moment : (
    Can't wait for my 110 film to arrive though!

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