We’ve been waiting for a very, very long time for Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome, and it’s finally here. The film renders an image that is around the same size as 645 film; but one of the problems that it faces is a lack of solid optics and full manual control on a camera. Manufacturers are realizing this more and more though, and so we’re bound to have something soon. We recently purchased four packs of it and ran it through a Mint Camera Instantflex TL70 2.0–which is arguably the best Instax Mini shooting camera on the market. So far it’s proving to be really interesting and far better than the color film. Our review is still underway but here are some of our first impressions.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome seems to be something more in line with what true artists will want. Color, and the harsh flash output made from cameras firing Instax film, seems to make a heck of a lot more sense for parties. But I can’t really see Monochrome being used in the same way. It belongs in a proper camera, or even a Diana F+ with the Instax back and shooting long exposure pinhole images. That would just make so much sense. For me, I want a camera that can also hook up to studio strobes.
Overall, the look of the film reminds me of something sort of like a weird combination of both Acros and the old 3000B film.
The film first off is very versatile. When exposed normally, it’s very low contrast. When underexposed, it becomes high contrast. But the absolute coolest thing that happens is when it is overexposed.
We’re still working on the review, so expect that to come soon.