When I first heard that Polaroid Corporation was gradually stopping the production of analog instant film, I was quite disappointed. I always thought polaroids were so cool and fun to use! With most digital cameras having the ability to look at photos instantaneously, instant photo cameras have in a way lost their use. Still, I wanted to be able to have a camera that could give me the photo in hand instantly just for kicks.
After a little research, I found that Fuji Film introduced a line of instant cameras and film to the Japanese and other Asian markets. It was sort of hard to find a place in the United States that knew or sold these types of cameras. This is where Lomography came in. They got together with Fuji and began selling an awesome line of instant cameras and film.
In my opinion, out of Fuji's line of instant cameras, the Instax Mini 55i is definitely my favorite. Some of the features it has are:
LCD panel showing film counter, landscape & fill-in flash mode, light/dark control & self-timer mode
High quality Fujinon lens
Self-timer mode to take 2 consecutive images
Uses Instax Mini film – credit card size
Some downsides are that while buying it at the convenience of the Lomo shop, it's still somewhat expensive. It's about $200 and that doesn't include the price of the film, which is $15 for a single pack (a single pack = 10 pictures). However, I did manage to buy mine on eBay. I think I paid about $230, but it included the camera, 10 packs of film, and shipping costs. My suggestion is to go on eBay first and just look around before heading to the Lomo's site and buying it there. A lot of the sellers combine packages of the camera and film so you usually get a good deal.
Whenever I bust it out at parties or something, everyone goes crazy for it. With everyone using digital cameras, having an instant camera is definitely something different. My friends and I like to take pictures with cute random strangers and we'll write our numbers on it and give it to them. It's a great icebreaker and definitely fun to use.
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May 26, 2009
Jul 20, 2013 03:24 AM UTC
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