Grrrrlllllrrrrrrrrr! The little bear let you take the small picture. Wait one or two minutes. Here it is! You got your picture!
I’ve chosen the White edition, because I like milk, and I like the snow too. The white Edition has been made for me. I confess that the Chocolate edition is sexy too, but it’s a question of feeling. The white is very beautiful, even if it’s hard to see this cam on the LSI shop (white…on a white background!)
Open the Box (notice that it’s a beautiful box). Take the little white bear in your hands, but one hand is enough (less than 400 gr).
I slowly become a real professional in fuji instax, as I bought the Fuji 55i before. I like to have pictures in my hand, instantly. The Cheki 7 got a secret : is it a special edition, for the Japanese market, but you can put inside some batteries easy to find in Europe (LR4). With Four batteries, you make around 200 pictures with the flash.
Put the lens out of the body of the cam and it starts. Simply.
Pictures are sharp and colour perfect. Small, ok, – credit card size – but that’s also a quality. And if you want bigger pictures, there is the wide instax cam. Fuji 7’s is more a game, less serious.
The Cheki 7 couldn’t be easier to use. With its simple exposure control, automatic built-in flash, 0.6m – infinity focusing and high quality Fujinon lens. That’s a good, and a bad thing too.
Good, because all of your friend can take picture with this cam. That’s funny, and I like to share, that is my lomo feeling.
But it’s bad if you like to be a sort of king of photography for your friends, a sort of magician, “the man who know who works a Holga”. No magic with this cam, no theory, no knowledge.
Some have tried to create an correspondent with the instax. They consider that “indoor” (first setting) is equal to a F11, cloudy (second setting) F16, sunny (third setting) F22, big sunny (fourth setting) F32. Shutter speed seems to be locked at 1/60th (synchronised with the flash).
There is an automatic flash in low light (automatic adjustment, 0.2 – 6 second recycle time, range of 0.6 – 2.7m). But on full sun, the cam still fired a flash. It’s not a matter for me, but if you want to experiment the cam without flash simply use black gaffers tape to cover the flash.
Only strange thing, the white is slower than others fuji’s instax cam to deliver the picture: it takes 5 seconds (2 seconds for others cam). The little bear like to grunt…it’s not a real matter, (if your not a spy who takes secret pictures).
Special tips: buy an old typewriter at your local flea-market (for 2 € like me) and wrote with it on your fuji instax films!
Check out the Instax microsite here