I’ve recently begun integrating instant film into my photoshoots. My clients love the fun nostalgia and walking away with a tangible image from their sessions. Instant film is the magical ingredient that users of all ages and skill levels enjoy. Fujifilm Instax cameras have become a staple over the years, and their smartphone printers have been instant hits. The Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo is the next evolution within the lineup and aims to bridge the gap between its cameras and printers. Is this the hybrid digital camera and smartphone you’ve been waiting for? Keep reading to find out.Continue reading…
The KONO!RAMA plays off of a very cool, forgotten idea and adds it to Instax film.
Many years ago, photographers put color filters in front of their lenses. It delivered a fun effect if it wasn’t correcting for the lighting. And that’s what the KONO!RAMA is doing in a far more innovative way. The front lens elements of many cameras are various sizes. To get around that problem, you just place the KONO!RAMA right in front of the film pack before loading it up. As you shoot, the effect is applied to the entire pack of film. It breathes new life into your old camera, just in case it’s been in the corner gathering dust. We’ve got more on the KONO!RAMA after the jump.Continue reading…
If you’ve been hoping to shoot instant film with your Hasselblad V-System camera, there’s finally a camera back that will let you do so with Instax Mini films.
Since it’s been difficult to get hold of pack film for the most common Polaroid back for Hasselblad cameras, there have been many attempts to create hacks to shoot Instax Mini films with it. Now, we finally have a viable option in the aptly named Hasselback Portrait, dubbed as the first fully-compatible Instax film back for the Hasselblad V-System camera. If you’ve ever wanted to turn your Hasselblad into an instant camera, this new contraption looks like your best bet.Continue reading…
If the first version of the Jollylook was too basic for your liking, its latest iteration, the Jollylook Auto, could be more interesting.
When the original version of the vintage-styled Jollylook instant camera came out three years ago, the camera only had simple controls and cardboard construction. Some were not too impressed with it, and the makers responded by putting together a bunch of substantial improvements — both in form and features. If you’ve been eyeing the Jollylook but haven’t been impressed, maybe the latest iteration now being funded on Kickstarter can be a more interesting option.Continue reading…
Fans of Instax Mini prints will appreciate the usability refinements Fujifilm incorporated into their new Instax Mini Link smartphone printer.
Fujifilm’s Instax line of instant cameras and mobile printers have been dominating the instant photography market. Today, they’re unveiling their brand new Instax Mini Link smartphone Instax printer. Instant cameras have seen a massive resurgence in popularity in recent years thanks to their ability to capture moments instantly and spontaneously. One thing that sometimes leaves people wanting more with instant cameras is that most of them tend to have plastic lenses. Plastic lenses result in less than stellar image quality. With most smartphones capable of capturing photos with excellent images quality these days, smartphone printers give you the best of both worlds. We had a chance to test out the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link before it’s official launch. Head on after the jump to see whether or not it’s worth the upgrade. Continue reading…
I was pleasantly surprised by the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay; it’s much better than the company’s first foray into a fusion camera.
When I first heard the rumors of the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay, I admittedly groaned. In my opinion, the company’s last attempt at fusing digital and analog together was subpar. But with their second attempt in the form of the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay, I’m pleasantly surprised and shocked. This is THE SMALLEST INSTAX FILM CAMERA. And not only is it small, but it reminds me of a suped-up compact camera from yesteryear while it also embraces lots of new fashionista influences. The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay is going to appeal to so many different types of photographers. There is something here for not just the younger crowds but also the photographers who care about image quality. The lens on the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay is one of the sharpest I’ve seen and used; it moves the camera away from plastics to glass. Then there is the Bluetooth accessibility that allows a photographer to wirelessly control the camera from the app. Indeed, Fujifilm packed a whole lot into the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay.
The Jollylook was a promising project that was funded by over 6,000 backers, but one manufacturing problem after the other right up to recent times has it facing a fiasco.
Does anyone still remember the Jollylook? The quirky but kind of cool foldout camera was geared to be the first cardboard Instax camera, a novelty that garnered way over its funding goal of $15,000 thanks to over 6,000 backers. But, over a year later, the Jollylook team was still facing some manufacturing issues and have only started shipping last month. The ones who have received their cameras are reportedly unhappy with non-functioning units. Some are furious to have found the Jollylook out in retail stores when they aren’t even sure when they’re getting their cameras. What a fiasco this is turning out to be.
I got to play with the new Lomography Diana Instant Square Camera prototype before launch not too long ago
Today, Lomography is lifting the veil in something they should have done a long time ago (sort of) with the Lomography Diana Instant Square Camera. In my mind, it makes sense, but the implementation also is just a tad perplexing. The Lomography Diana Instant Square Camera of course incorporates the use of square film and gives you aperture control and focusing control over the lens with the Diana camera’s 1/60th shutter speed. Mixed with the ISO 800 film, that’s generally all that you need in some situations. However, this negates Lomo’s claim of it being fully manual; it isn’t. But I really wonder why Lomo just didn’t stick with Mini film in this case.
We didn’t think it would happen, but Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome is real!
Fujifilm’s Instax Wide format never really got the love the Instax Mini format did, but with the announcement of the new Fujifilm Instax Wide Monochrome film, photographers are getting another option. The film follows in the footsteps of Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome in that it’s essentially the black and white version of the emulsion and designed to be used with Instax Wide cameras. The most advanced option on the market is the Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide, which we gave a lot of praise to and that other photographers modify. You can even shoot it in Land cameras.
Instant cameras: are they the future?
Instant cameras have been a big part of the recent analog resurgence, and it’s easy to see why. There’s nothing like seeing an instant print develop right before your eyes. With this medium, you also get to own a bit of photography history in the camera itself. However, if you still need some convincing, New York City-based photographer Josh Katz has eight reasons why every photographer should actually have an instant camera.
Josh, who has always shot with a DSLR and played around with film cameras, has recently bought two instant cameras: a Polaroid 600 and an Instax Mini 90. He refers to both cameras and the medium itself as “polaroids”, which is understandable since the magic of instant photography actually began with Polaroid cameras. In the video below, he gives a rundown of what photographers can learn with instant cameras.
Lomography has been a champion of film and analog photography for some time now, and their latest product, the Lomo Instant Square Camera is just another example of that. But to make their Kickstarter campaign for the Instant Square camera even more enticing they have upped the antie, announcing a new back for the camera that allows it to use standard Instax Mini film as well as the Instax square film it was designed for! Continue reading…
If you’ve been taping those Instax films on your wall or fridge to put them on display, you might want to keep dust and moisture away to make them last longer. Keep them instead in a sturdy protective frame that you can stick on any metallic surface in your home or office. This is the premise — or promise — of the CAIUL Clear Acrylic Photo Magnet Frame for Instax Mini prints. Fujifilm’s Instax cameras have become popular, not only for the fun factor (watching the prints develop right before your eyes is exciting), but also because the prints look great on display. It’s easy to get experimental with them to make photo walls, collages, and even DIY projects like scrapbooks and cards. However, when it comes to actual frames, there aren’t a lot of choices.
What You Need to Know About Instant Film: The Beginner’s Guide to Polaroid Film, Fujifilm Instax, Impossible Project, and More.
When you think about instant film cameras, folks often say Polaroids, Instax, etc. But the truth is that not a lot of people truthfully know the difference between all the various options from manufacturers. Why? Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of it coming from the mainstream press. Many people just don’t understand Instant film–for years folks used it for fun and just to see what the images would look like when they got back to shooting their negative films.
So to help everyone out, here’s what you need to know.
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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.
All images by Brock Saddler. Used with permission.
“It’s really wonderful.” says photographer Brock Saddler about the image quality involved with his recent hacking of an Instax Mini back with his Bronica ETRS. “The sharpness and depth of field produced by real lenses on the stock is amazing and the ability to have shutter and aperture control from the body is another win.” Brock isn’t much of a person to talk about himself, and so he told us to make something up!
Photographer Brock Saddler started slaying dragons at the wee age of four years old. He continued to do this until one day his father gave him a camera. “With this tool, you will capture the hearts of everyone in the land!” he said to Brock.
And that’s how Brock didn’t really get into photography.
No, this isn’t an April Fool’s Joke…or at least we hope that it isn’t.
If it is, then it’s a darn good one.
The folks over at Mint Camera seem to be coming out with something cool and incredible: a brand new TLR camera designed to shoot Instax film. There have been hacks done to TLR cameras to do this for a while, but nothing commercially available.
It’s called the Instantflex TL70; and it’s a TLR camera with an f5.6 aperture (trust us, that’s shallow depth of field for something like this), takes Instax Mini film, can focus as close as 48cm, a built in flash, different flash modes and a very true to life TLR experience with top-down viewing and all. The camera is 30% thinner than regular TLR cameras, has three lens elements with five aperture blades, an ambient light meter, EV compensation, and a lot more to love overall.
When it launches, it’s going to be $324; which isn’t too bad at all.
Don’t think they can do it? Mint has already resurrected over 10,000 Polaroid SX-70 cameras. Trust us, that’s no small feat.