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!
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.
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