Colourful Instax Mini Macros With the Tunnel Vision Lens

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Recently I ordered a "Tunnel Vision Lens":http://shop.lomography.com/tunnelvision/ from Lomo for my LCA, Holga and Lubitel. This lens is so multi functional! So when mephisto19 gave me the hint that the macro lens that is included in the Tunnel Vision Lens can be held in front of almost every lens we thought about my Instax Mini 7.

Recently I ordered a Tunnel Vision Lens from Lomo for my LCA, Holga and Lubitel. This lens is so multi functional! So when mephisto19 gave me the hint that the macro lens that is included in the Tunnel Vision Lens can be held in front of almost every lens we thought about my Instax Mini 7.

At home I immediately gave it a go. First of all I held the lens in front of my eye to figure out how close I can get to the object I want to take a picture of (nice side-effect: the macro lens stuck to my spectacle frame). With the Instax Mini you can get as close as 1cm to the object. Hold the lens with your thumb and index finger in place, approach the object and press the release (Be careful to cover the lense of the Instax Mini completely.)

But the first problem arose: the automatic flash! The Instax Mini is far too sensitive when it comes to the flash. It fires even when you think that there is enough light. So when you do the macros indoors, like I did, then make sure there is enough light or your image will just be white because of the flash that reflects from your motive. I chose white orchid blossoms for a first test. They turned out great as long as there was no flash. The automatic flash was really annoying! So I though about a method to lessen the flash effect. The colourfilters came to my mind. I taped an orange one in front of the flash with some sellotape. Et voilà! The white light of the flash was now orange and the blossom wonderfully tinged in orange instead of bright white. You can also take any other colourfilter or use some very thin white paper that diffuses the flash. Try to take a picture of your eye or of other filigree things like shells or old keys.

written by graefin on 2009-02-05 in #gear #tipster #polaroid #flash #instant #filter #close-up #macro #colourful #instax-mini

14 Comments

  1. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    BEAUTIFUL gallery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Wow, nice...

  3. larslau
    larslau ·

    Hahaha :)

    I have taken almost the exact same orchid pics with the macro ring and my instax 200 two days ago... Yours turned out better though...

  4. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    awesome, i believe that these lenses should be advertised for all kinds of cams, love the flowers

  5. champi
    champi ·

    Cool shots!!

  6. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    ive nearly got enough piggies...ive been saving for a couple of months now

    :)

  7. stouf
    stouf ·

    Gorgeous... Things look so soft... Wanna touch...

  8. sonjabean
    sonjabean ·

    These are the first shots from the Instax Mini that I've actually liked. Great work!

  9. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    amazing...and i've almost got enough piggies for that tunnelvision lens. i wonder how this would go over with my polaroid 600?...

  10. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Mel, these are absolutely beautiful, like mini Georgia O' Keefes

  11. graefin
    graefin ·

    :) thanks a lot for all the comments!

    @strangelilgirl: I would give it a try as soon as you've got the lens

  12. graefin
    graefin ·

    @sonja: I bought this cam because I couldn't afford the Polaroid films and I like this little camera a lot!

  13. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    i've tried polaroid 600 with magnifying glasses and it worked very well...! so macro lens should work, too...! :D

  14. eastmoe
    eastmoe ·

    like the idea,like the result..

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