Photos In Minutes: What's the closest thing to going digital in the film arena? Having a Diana Instant Back with Fuji Instax Mini Installed into it!
A few weeks ago, my thesis-mates and I presented our thesis at a conference in Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I took this as a perfect opportunity to splurge my money on Lomo-things – specifically the Diana Instaback! This feature of the Diana+ is very apt for a person like me being that I am quite an impatient person. Having lived in a time where everything is done in an instant, I naturally sought this new feature immediately. I traversed across from Kowloon to Hongkong through their intricate yet very detailed MTR. Indeed it was an experience that I would never forget.
Anyway, moving on to the Instax Mini. I bought the back and as soon as I got to our hotel, I went trigger happy. I was extremely pleased with how the photos came out. After about 5-10 minutes, the image had formed there, right before my eyes as if taken from a page of Harry Potter. It was wonderful.
So here’s what I found out after using up two packs of film:
Vignetting was best when I shot my subjects against a wall with a my flash mounted on.
The film is very temperamental
Despite its 400 iso, some of my shots came out underexposed during night shooting. I suggest that you put it on bulb setting and expose the film for about 1-2 seconds.
In broad daylight on the other hand, it easily got overexposed.
Indoors, it is not advisable to shoot your subjects without a backdraft of some sort. The flash need something to bounce off and sometimes the person you’re shooting is not enough.
After about 20-30 minutes of processing, the photos still continues to get darker. I was surprised to find that even a day after I took the shot, it got even darker. It got so dark that The person I had taken a picture of was no longer visible.
What I loved most about the film was that I was able to write on its borders to make the pictures even more personalized. best to give them as gifts!
If you'd be shooting in low light, at night, or in any other situation that would require a high speed film for best results, why don't you try the Lomography Color Negative 800 for 35mm cameras? Allow five of our community members to convince you with their respective reviews in this installment of Reviews on Rewind.
Just recently I asked myself why I would want to write about a film like the Fuji Instax Mini, because usually this film is the only one available for Fuji Instax cameras. But then it hit me! It can be an alternative to many other instant films, since I can load almost any film into my Diana F+, other medium and 135 format cameras, and of course the Fuji Instax Mini.
I've always wanted to have an instant camera, but what put me off were the expensive price of the film and the transience of the photos. But then I wasn't able to fight it any longer and bought myself an Instax Wide 210 set. Now, here is a review of the Fuji Instax Wide film.
Classy, moody photographs in monochrome and with fine grain - what more could you ask for from one of Lomography's very own black and white emulsion for standard 35mm cameras, the Earl Grey? Find out how this film fared among six of our community members in this Reviews on Rewind installment!
Coinciding with the relaunch of the Lomography community website is the debut of one of the Magazine's newest series, Meet the Innovators. Here, we'll be talking to some of the game changers in the field of photography to get a closer look on what they do as well as find out their personal insights. For our opening salvo we proudly introduce Cat Ong, Lomography's very own Head of Optic Product Development who counts the research and development of the LC-A family, Russar and Petzval Art Lenses, Diana F+, and Lomo'Instant, among many others, as some of his projects.
Shooting with the Lubitel 166+ is an experience on it´s own. The waist level finder will help you to compose your frames perfectly.With the possibility to use 120 and 35mm Film It offers unlimited creative possibilities deemed to be an analogue masterpiece. Get your legendary Lubitel 166+ in our Online Shop!
The Smartphone Film Scanner offers Lomographers and analog lovers a quick, easy and portable way to scan 35mm films. Simply turn on the Smartphone Film Scanner back-light, insert your film, take a photo of it using your Smartphone and use your phone's camera or the specially-developed App (iPhone and Android versions available) to edit and share.