Shake it like a Polaroid image
Instant film has made a big comeback in recent years. Fujifilm has its Instax business, and although it has undergone ownership and branding changes over the years, you can still buy films for many older Polaroid cameras and buy new ones that use its film packs. modern Type I.
There are many reasons to choose an instant camera. The ability to send a photo to someone right after taking it cannot be combined with digital capture. Instant film is a big hit at weddings and parties because of it, and it can be a great way to capture moments for posterity in a very different way than any other smartphone image.
The young people of Generation Y andGen Z will see this as a step away from the digital slump and a way to keep all truly private images away from hackable cloud data services. And you can't ignore the artistic crowd, drawn to the attraction of making their work stand out in a crowded landscape.
Instant film formats
It is important to be familiar with the different instant film formats when making a purchasing decision . Let's start with the most popular, and oddly the smallest in size, Instax Mini. Developed by Fujifilm, the Instax Mini film is roughly the size of a credit card when you factor in its and has an image area of 2.4 by 1.8 inches (HW).
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11
The film is available in color or monochrome and is compatible with a multitudecameras from Fujifilm, Leica, Lomography and Mint. Our entry-level avorite model, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, retails for around $ 70 and comes in a variety of colors. If you're a more serious shutter, consider the Lomo 'Instant Automat, which has a wider angle lens (better for selfies) and supports multiple exposure images.
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The Color Instax Mini film is quite affordable. Prices vary a bit from retailer to retailer, and you'll find less in the long run if you buy wholesale. Expect to spend between fifty and sixty cents per photo, and if you want a film with colored s or other special finishes, the cost can double. Black and white movies are a bit more expensive, around $ 0.80 per frame.
Fujifilm Instax Wide 300
If you prefer a larger image, you can opt for the Instax Wide format, also available in color or black and white. The image size is about double that of Mini - basically two side-by-side mini shots at 2.4 by 3.9 inches. But that's not double the cost of Mini - expect to spend around $ 0.75 for the castingur and $ 1.30 for each black and white image.
For some photographers, instant film is film, meaning a square format is a must. Fujifilm has its own take, Instax Square. It has long been available in color, with a cost per shot of around $ 1.00. Fujifilm recently added Instax Square Monochrome to its catalog for black and white shots, but is offering it a bit higher, closer to $ 1.50 per image.
Lomography Lomo 'Instant Square
Hardware support is growing. Fujifilm sells a digital version, the SQ20, and a wireless printer for the format, the SP-3. If you prefer a purely analog camera, you can choose between the Instax Square SQ6, Lomo 'Instant Square and Lomography Diana Instant Square.
But what if you're honest Polaroid Camera?It is still sold under the original Polaroid Banner. You can get color or black and white film for an SX70 or 600 series camera. But it is expensive. A pack of five color or black-and-white films, with each pack containing eight shots, sells for $ 75, around $ 1.88 per shot, and the price for each shot climbs slightly higher if you buy it in the bundle.
Polaroid Originals OneStep +
Polaroid also makes new cameras. Its modern models include the 'Impossible I-1, Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 and OneStep + and Polaroid Now. All use I-Type film, same size and quality as 600 format, but without battery, so it cannot power them. vintage cameras. Best price is for a five pack, $ 65, around $ 1.60 per image.
Polaroid film is bigger than Instax, mBut the quality of its color stock is just not as good. Colors change in cold weather, overall saturation is not as deep as with Instax, and you need to take care to protect it from light as it develops. Black and white film is much better. Both have a larger image area than Instax Square, so the more impactful image might be worth it for you.
Converting digital to instant
If you have a favorite image that you took with a digital camera and you want keep it on instant film, you're in luck. You can print any photo stored on your smartphone to Instax Mini film using Instax Mini Link or in square format with Instax Share SP-3 or Polaroid L ab .
On the other hand, you can also scan your instant prints. Check out our guide for preserve your photos for advice.
Although this is an era Very digital, you have a good number of instant cameras and film formats to choose from. If you fancy making a movie again and don't want to have to find a local lab to develop your shots, the film will scratch it and provide almost digital results in their immediacy.