Last Updated on 11/07/2017 by Chris Gampat
The Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back is fully analog and could surely be fun!
Hot on the heels of the Rezivot Instant Film Back Kickstarter is this brand new one: it’s called the Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back. It does pretty much exactly what it says it does. The back, which is looking for funding on Kickstarter, is a plastic, 3D printed back that takes Fujifilm Instax Square film and attaches to your Hasselblad V medium format camera. The Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back has a manual wind system, so that means no batteries are involved and that cuts down the cost of the back over time. It’s a fantastic option for photographers who want to use an Instax back or Instax film with their Hasselblad V camera.
What the Kickstarter for the Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back is keen to mention though is a fact that I’ve known for a long time, the Instax Square imaging area is larger than 6×6 square format. 120 format that shoots square is 56mm while with Instax square, the imaging area is 62mm. So like the older images that were shot on Fujifilm Instant 100-C and 3000-B film, there is going to be a ton of black area. However, with the Instax Square format there is a much smaller amount comparatively.
Here’s what they say about the manufacturing process which will require an injection mold:
“Injection molded from ABS/PP blend with stainless steel rollers, we need £51000 to make it to production (the rest is shipping and kickstarter’s fee) . Tools for injection molded plastics are really expensive! There are 6 of them, mostly multi cavity, required to make this a reality. There’s also tooling for one custom sheet metal spring and the rest are off the shelf parts (screws, a torsion spring and a few tension springs).”
Alexander Dobble, who is the project’s creator, sent us an email to tell us that there will be a stretch goal for the Mamiya RB67 camera–which is a personal dream of mine. To get this done, he needs a little over $78,000 which he’s trying to raise on Kickstarter. Be sure to head on over to Kickstarter and check out the Hasselblad Square Instant Film Back.