5 Modern Instant Film Cameras Just for Fun

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When it comes to having fun in photography, some of the most can be had with Instant film cameras. Not only do they bring us back to a totally different time where images were tactile objects, but they print a single moment that can’t be duplicated. Modern Instant film cameras have largely forgone the manual controls of many of their predecessors and are mostly focused on the photographer being as non-technical as they can.

Again, it’s about fun: seeing what will pop up, doing the work to get the image right, and looking at the images together with someone else.

Here are five modern instant film cameras you’ll want to get your hands on.

Instax Wide 300

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Meet the new kid on the block: like, the really, really new kid. At the moment of publishing this piece, this camera is just now coming out. It shoots the Instax Wide film: which is obviously wider than the original Instax Mini stuff, and therefore also shoots around a larger imaging area. With a 95mm f14 lens, built in flash, a heck of a chunky grip, exposure compensation, and focus adjustment, what more could you ask for besides fully manual exposure controls?

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Diana F+Instant Back

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Diana F+? Check. Flash? Check. Loads of instant fun that’s bound to give you some of the most fun and coolest experimental photos you’ve ever shot? Checkmate!

The Instant Film back for the Diana F+ converts the 120 film shooting toy cam into an Instax film spitting lo-fi dream maker. Considering that the Diana F+ shoots at a fixed 1/60th shutter speed, your only variables are your aperture and the ISO of your film. This attachment comes with a correction lens that brings the ISO of the Instax film down to 400, so while you’re going around shooting you should consider this and change your aperture accordingly as you photograph.

When you’re done shooting, just press the big button on the bottom left to print the image out.

PS: This is SUPER FUN to do with the Diana F+’s pinhole mode and with the camera set to bulb shooting mode.

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Pro Tip: Unlike peel apart film, the more modern Instax film isn't affected by temperature.

Pro Tip: Unlike peel apart film, the more modern Instax film isn’t affected by temperature.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90

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The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 was designed with a very retro look in mind to appeal to the same folks who love the X series of cameras. It features a vertical and horizontal shutter button, a macro mode, exposure compensation, flash control, a self timer and most importantly shoots the Instax Mini film that fits perfectly on the back of a business card.

These cameras are very fun to use and otherwise have a light meter that makes the experience very straight forward. Photographers looking to shoot Instax film but wanting an experience with more control over the film may want to look here.

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Lomography Lomo’Instant

lomoinstant_san_remo_with_lensesLomography’s first original Instant film camera is one of the more affordable ones on this list. With the Lomo’Instant, you can use different lenses, control focus, and overall just enjoy a bit more versatility. These cameras are also much more stylish than much of what Fujifilm offers.

The camera comes with a 27mm lens built into it, with a thread for attaching any of the lens adapters that comes in a bundle. It feels like a box somebody made in a warehouse somewhere in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

But overall, we had a lot of fun with it.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

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As the most basic camera on this list, it’s also one of the most popular. Using the Instax Mini 8 is very straight forward. You’ve got many different shooting modes for different lighting situations, and these can be seen and manipulated by turning a ring around the lens.

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Oh right, and it comes in pink. You know, because pink.

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