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MX With the Fujifilm Instax!

I get lots of questions about doing multiple exposures with my Fujifilm Instax 7s. It's really easy, actually...

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Got MX fever? Well, you can use your Fujifilm Instax to get your fix. It’s super easy.

1. Pop open the back door that reveals the film cartridge.

2. Aim, adjust flash, and take your shot!

3. Before the camera’s mechanism has a chance to eject the photo, tip out the film cartridge (pull it backward toward yourself) JUST A LITTLE BIT.

4. Then push the cartridge back in when the camera has done its mechanical whirling sounds. This way, the photo will not get pushed out, but it will have been exposed to the shot.

NOTE: Don’t pull the cartridge all the way out of the camera, or else light will get into the camera body and your photo will turn out completely white.

4. Close the back door.

5. Retake your photo, as you normally would, letting the photo pop out.

And voila! You’ve got a great double exposure on your Instax! If you want to do a triple, or attempt even more exposures, repeat Step 2 and 3. But beware, the Instax film speed is 800 iso, so washed out photos may lurk beyond in the overexposed distance.

I believe this method works with the other Fujifilm Instax bodies.

Experiment with filters over your flash, too!

Photo by dearjme

And use splitzers (I use black electrical tape)!

Photo by dearjme

Try it out and let me know how your results turn out!

written by dearjme

26 comments

  1. zulupt

    zulupt

    Great tip!!! I think I will try it with my Instax 210. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. tallgrrlrocks

    tallgrrlrocks

    Thank you for sharing this tip! And now, to give it a whirl! :D

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  3. aprilrich427

    aprilrich427

    awesome idea!!

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  4. istionojr

    istionojr

    does it works on 50s?

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  5. monkeyalien

    monkeyalien

    I've always wondered if this is possible. THANKS!!! YOU ROCK!!

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  6. sidsel

    sidsel

    I've been wondering how to do that for some time now, thanks for sharing! :)

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  7. dearjme

    dearjme

    Thanks, all! :) I was surprised that this was published, I didn't get an email from Lomography so I thought they rejected it -_- haha!
    I want to see everyone'se results! :D

    @istionojr -- I'm not sure, but as long as there is a door to reveal the cartridge, this tipster should work.

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  8. i_fung

    i_fung

    thanks for sharing ~^^~ here is my result http://www.lomograph(…)film-instax

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  9. daniellepetrosa

    daniellepetrosa

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  10. dearjme

    dearjme

    @i_fung, Love your results :)
    @daniellepetrosa, I absolutely adore your shots, especially how you tied in natural aspects.

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  11. twiggy08

    twiggy08

    thanks for this! i'm excited to give it a try :)

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  12. 86john

    86john

    wow. this is great.

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  13. dearjme

    dearjme

    Thanks all, haha @86john your planking photo is great!

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  14. johann_affendy

    johann_affendy

    great idea! can't wait to try it out with my new instax mini. thanks for sharing dear =D

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  15. reichenbach

    reichenbach

    Wow! This is an awesome trick! It works perfectly! Here I my results :) http://www.lomography.com/homes/reichenbach/albums/1739443-instax-multiple-exposures
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  16. dearjme

    dearjme

    @johann_affendy, Aw thank you all for reading!
    @reichenbach, WOW great results! They look a bit washed out, though, maybe set the flash for the "sunny" option so it's not as bright for each exposure?

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  17. reichenbach

    reichenbach

    @dearjme, thanks, I like the washed out look but you're right, I'll try using the cloudy or sunny setting next time. If you happen to have any more tips, please share! :D
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  18. imogen93

    Thanks, now my Instax 210 has broken after trying this. It won't take any photos anymore and I only got it less than a month ago for my birthday.
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  19. candy_1006

    candy_1006

    Hey dearjme, I tried once but I failed. It had exposed and I don't know why!
    Do you have any advice that how the films not to be exposed when I open up the back door?

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  20. dearjme

    dearjme

    @imogen93, I believe I responded to your other comment. My sincere apologies. But this is simply a tipster to get a desired result, mistakes happen.

    @candy_1006, in my article it says "NOTE: Don’t pull the cartridge all the way out of the camera, or else light will get into the camera body and your photo will turn out completely white." So you simply tip open the door ever so slightly as to prevent the camera from ejecting the film, then pop it back in. You don't take it all the way out of the body.

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  21. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    That is a smart invention...<:) Thanks for sharing...<:) will try out soon...<:)

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  22. deprofundis

    deprofundis

    Hello, I have tried this several times with a Fuji Instax 210 but I couldn't get the second exposure and I don't know why. I have been very careful when I pull the cartridge only a bit

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  23. riotxriot

    riotxriot

    Hello @deprofundis I've got the same problem, did you find a solution?

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  24. deprofundis

    deprofundis

    @riotxriot I finally gave up because I was afraid of breaking the camera :-/

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  25. riotxriot

    riotxriot

    @deprofundis Ok, I arrived at the same conclusion.. thanks anyway for your answer!

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  26. desiree24007

    desiree24007

    I'll try this!!:)
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