Question on Fuji instant films...

Discussion in 'Instant Cameras, Backs and Film' started by seanmophoto, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. seanmophoto

    seanmophoto Member

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    Hi all,
    I recently purchased a Polaroid 195 full manual camera...first impressions...very cool

    I'm new to instant films and having some issues with the camera

    it appears everything is about 1 stop overexposed with the fuji instant films. I've used all three. 100c seemed to overexpose the most

    I'm shooting using incident readings from a sekonic 358

    pictures have been pretty consistently overexposed if use the straight meter reading, but look much better underexpose 1-2 stops(1 seems to work the best)

    so I'm wondering if this is something others have seen with fuji films?
    am I metering sloppily?
    Ive been shooting hp5 and tri-x in TLRs for a few months now and have gotten good results just taking incident readings, but those films seem to have much more exposure latitude.

    do I need to account for highlights more when shooting instant?

    and could it be a camera issue if everthing is 1 stop over? it shows up at all the shutter speeds I have tried.

    also, I've checked the bellows and they look fine.

    any and all help appreciated
    thanks
     
  2. matt S

    matt S Member

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    My guess would be the shutter- not the film. I have not had any problems with overexposure with the Fuji films, black and white or color.

    As shutters get older they usually get slower- not faster, so this might explain your issue. You can try timing the shutter to see how accurate it is running.

    The 195 is a great camera, hope you are enjoying it!

    Matt
     
  3. seanmophoto

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    yeah starting to think its a slow shutter...will shutter get progressively slower?
    and is it possible to work around it if it stays consistent?
    I'd like to be able to use it with confidence
     
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    tiberiustibz Member

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    I shoot mine with a polaroid 600 SE and it's always been spot on. Check your meter and your shutter. The film shoots about the same as most slide films. It's a reversal film so you will lose highlights more readily than in a negative.
     
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    Same. I shoot with a Mamiya Universal and I get good exposures with standard meter readings.
     
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    I've also had good results with the Fujifilm instants. I've used both color and B&W 100 and 3000 in my Polaroid 600SE. I'm currently metering the scene with my Canon 50D.