Instant gratification with Fuji's Instax cameras

 

My beloved and well-used Polaroid 600 camera is slowly gathering dust in the depths of my closet. Although there are many sources for getting Polaroid film these days through eBay or www.theimpossibleproject.com , film can be expensive and not always reliable. Much to my surprise, Fuji released an instant camera last year and it was a pretty popular item around Christmas time. My deep loyalty to my Polaroid 600 and skepticism about a new product deterred me from embracing this camera with open arms but eventually my curiosity got the best of me. I resolved to give it a shot.

There are two different cameras available: the Instax Mini 50S and the Instax 210. I decided to try out the Mini 50S. At a glance they look like toy cameras, big, awkward and lightweight but don't let that fool you. Inside is what really matters here and it holds all the instant chemical magic of polaroids in its plastic shell. The operation is simple: an 'on' switch, a light/dark adjustment, near/distant button and the shutter. Portraits and landscapes pop out on little credit card-sized prints. I took a shot and waited with anticipation as the image slowly appeared on the surface. The colours were great and the exposures overall were really good. I've missed the immediate gratification of an print right from the camera. Might have to give the Instax 210 a whirl...