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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel View Post
    'Serious Photography with Instant Film' sounds like an oxymoron to me. Back when I worked on instant photographic systems we used to say that 'an excellent instant photo is one you wished you had taken on real film'.
    Funny -- that's how I feel about digital now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel View Post
    'Serious Photography with Instant Film' sounds like an oxymoron to me. Back when I worked on instant photographic systems we used to say that 'an excellent instant photo is one you wished you had taken on real film'.
    All I can say is that the Instax film my kids shoot with is VERY Impressive. Sharp as a tack, with gorgeous colors. I just wish the images were a bit larger and that Fuji made a monochrome pack to go with the camera.

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    The link I posted earlier is to a really interesting (analog) photoblog run by an American living in Tokyo. He does the kind of street photography exhibitions I want to do and one of his recent directions is a lot of Instax work.

    Look around on that blog for his links to it, goes back about a month or so. I think it's an entirely valid pursuit...and further to the Polaroid 360 camera I mentioned, IIRC it was the one Patti Smith used for many years in her journeys.
    Those images were part of a big exhibition during the CONTACT festival in Toronto: http://www.ago.net/patti-smith-camera-solo/

    Best of luck! I'd love to explore the camera mall in Shanghai with you, and especially to wander the streets with my own camera. I've had a lot of fun (and financial hardship) from my trips to Wukesong in Beijing.

    Shanghai's a fascinating place. You might be interested in a photobook by a journalist named Howard French, called "Disappearing Shanghai". And of course, a wonderful book by Justin Guariglia named Planet Shanghai.

    Best of luck...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    All I can say is that the Instax film my kids shoot with is VERY Impressive. Sharp as a tack, with gorgeous colors. I just wish the images were a bit larger and that Fuji made a monochrome pack to go with the camera.
    My intention in making the comment about instant photography wasn't meant to 'knock' instant images (after all, as I've mentioned here several times, I spent 7 years working on the Kodak Instant Film that Instax film is based) and I know it's possible to make great consumer photo images with Instax film. Rather, it was designed to refer to the 'Serious Photography' issue.

    I consider instant photography to be in the 'point and shoot' digital image category; not intended for 'Serious Photography'.

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    Looks like I have 3 choices for instant cameras.

    1. The new Instax Neo. Pros: finally a serious camera from Fujifilm. Cons: Small images. No monochrome.
    2. Instax 210. Pros: Nice sized photographs. Great color. Cons: A joke of a camera, no monochrome.
    3. A Polaroid Land camera: Pros: both color and monochrome. Good image size. Cons: Old camera, hard to find in China, questionable reliability.

    Tough call.....each option has an appeal to me.

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    Instax 210: A joke of a camera
    What do you mean by this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    What do you mean by this?
    Let's see: It's dopey looking, extremely fragile, flash is on 100% of the time, and has very limited available shutter speeds.

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    I like the look, but that of course is a matter of taste. The Instax Mini cameras are not different technically except for the latest model.

    What I miss is a SLR that takes Fuji instant films. The Polaroid SX-70 SLR made a virtue of the necessity of its mirror.
    Last edited by AgX; 10-07-2013 at 05:31 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    All I can say is that the Instax film my kids shoot with is VERY Impressive. Sharp as a tack, with gorgeous colors. I just wish the images were a bit larger and that Fuji made a monochrome pack to go with the camera.
    Everyone is wishing the same thing.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    What do you mean by this?
    Poor lens and features yes, but a joke? No, It's just its a camera that is hard to master at least until you've learned all its kinks

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