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Why Are There Black Bars At The Top & Bottom Of My Instant Photo?

Every instant photo taken with the Belair Instant Back will have a black bar at the top and bottom of the image. This is a characteristic that makes the Belair Instant Photo totally unique and retro feeling!

The explanation for why this happens is as follows: Because the Fujifilm Instax Wide film which the Instant Back uses has a larger exposure area than the Belair camera’s 6×12 format, some light is blocked by the middle of the bellows of the Belair X 6-12. It is this blocked light which causes the black bars at the top and bottom of your image.