Fujifilm Instax sensitivety is ISO 800

So, both the BW "Polaroid" type of Fujifilm Instax film as well the color film sensitivity, are ISO 800. The margins are like I mentioned earlier, rather small. There isn't much latitude if any at all left for under or over exposure when using the film directly in a camera. Measuring the light must be exact !


Better quality when printing Instax images instead ?

I still think it is better to print Instax images with an Instax Link printer (the wide film measures 6x10 cm), due to better overall quality and better contrast ["use the "rich" setting" in the app] resulting into more details; in both shadows and highlights.

But when printing it from a little Instax printer via your iPhone - the overall quality looks to me much better compared to when using Instax directly in a camera.


Direct connection: Fuji cameras to Instax Printer ?

Apparently Fuji used to have direct connection to Fuji cameras, so you can basically send a photo directly from a camera to the Instax printer. But there seem to be a lack of upgraded firmwares, and almost no Fuji camera is now supported with the Instax Wide printer ?

Can that really be true ? I have no idea. (I will find out)

I can't really say, if that is still true or not, because - well - I never was a Fuji guy, until very recently - and in ever used an Instax printer. So I can't know if it works with my Fuji GFX 50s II camera. I know that Fuji cameras have an "instax" setting in the menus. But it supposedly doesn't work.

A work around is, to send images from any camera to your iPhone, and from there you send it to the Instax printer. Voilá. There you go. And yeah, it will give better quality, compared to shoot Instax film directly in a camera.


Polaroid back in 1989 vs 2023

Perhaps in the end it is about if you want more postcard sized and quality images (Selphy), or love the Polaroid look of images (Instax). I am drawn to the first. Instax does appeal to me, but i remember when i went Polaroid, as they had released that more modern version somewhere in the end of the 80s, which i bought in 1989...

But boy, the film was really expensive. I think Fuji Instax is actually cheaper (more affordable) today, compared to what Polaroid cost back in 1988 - when taking the strength of the Swedish currency in the 80s being stronger than today, plus the high inflation ever since. I believe a Polaroid pack cost around 165 SEK year 1989 , for 16 images (I don't remember if they had 8 or 10 sheets per pack back then) 165 SEK would today be equivalent to something like 500 SEK / 45 € !

Today a pack of 20 images Instax Sqaure cost around 218 SEK, while Instax Wide, which is the largest version (6x9 cm), you can get for 185 SEK for 20 images (lowest price i could find in a swedish store today, Dec 2023).

I loved to shoot Polaroid for some months here and there, both in 1988, 1989 as well in 1992 - but then also felt, that the money was way better used for real film, resulting into long lasting negatives - from which I could make prints in the darkroom.

That... was the end of the Polaroid adventure.

Notice that the images from the newer Polaroid camera & film from 1988 wasn't square, but slightly elongated horisontally.

I haven't even thought of that...






The good thing is

- especially today - that you can easily make a digital copy of a Polaroid or Instax print. So, it isn't really totally lost. The old Polaroids do hold up pretty well. I mean they where never really very correct in terms of colors. Nor are today's Polaroids, which fare a bit worse than Fuji Instax.

Will see, if i buy Instax. Perhaps. Perhaps not. I believe it will be dependent on whether that Mamiya RZ67 Instax back i being made. If I do buy it - well then I am also going Fujifilm Instax, of course.


And damn, here we go

I did buy the Instax Wide printer, and LOTS of film.


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