After trying a couple of polaroids recently, I wanted to renew my love of instant film with something different (better). As I already have an Instax mini back for the Diana F+, I searched Facebook Marketplace for something different and found this camera. The seller offered to post it and a couple of days later it arrived.
When the camera arrived I was surprised by its size, it is truly massive. Now, the polaroids I have tried were large in size too, but they were light. This camera was large and heavy. I left it on the side table and my father said, “What is that monster?” He usually doesn’t comment on the appearance of another camera, but this one caught his eye, well he couldn’t miss it…even with his one working eye.
Fitting the camera in a bag is a bit troublesome due to the size, it is even bigger than an SLR.
Saying that, it is quite comfortable to hold due to the handgrip. I would say the neck strap is also important for comfortability and swapping the regular one for a neoprene one might be a good idea.
Introduced in 1999, it takes 4 AA batteries which is convenient. The packs have 10 shots in them and you can get them in colour or monochrome. There is a button to switch focusing from 0.9-3m to 3m-∞, the default setting being the former as Instax is generally used to capture people….apparently. There is also a lighter or darker switch, but it is not a slide like on polaroids. I haven’t used it yet as I have been fairly happy with the results. But how do you know to use it until you have taken a photo? And I don’t want to waste a photo. The aperture is set to f14 and the camera selects the shutter speed based on the conditions. You can read more technical information here.
I used my shots around Christmas time, we don’t really go all out for the season as there is really just myself and my father in the house.
Here are the shots from my first pack.
As you can see my arms are not 0.9m long so selfies are not really possible, but the rest of the set is quite nice in terms of colour and sharpness. Taking the photos was much more convenient than polaroid as I didn’t have to immediately put it in darkness. Putting it in my pocket didn’t damage the image either.
Next, I really want to try a monochrome pack as the ones I used on mini Instax had a nice look to them. I did enjoy using the camera despite the size. This version of the wide camera can be found quite cheaply online as there are a few newer versions. As for my future purchases… this one works so I don’t think I will bother 🙂