I hope never to turn into a "serious" photographer...
Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel
The last few versions of the Kodak Instant Cameras were flash every time. Film contrast was a little high and adding full time fill-in flash greatly improved image quality.
Originally Posted by RattyMouse
You could also shoot instant in a "serious" camera. Peel-apart Fuji in my Speed Graphic is a lot of fun, and a lot easier than stuffing Instax into 4x5 holders individually.
Originally Posted by RattyMouse
To me, neither the equipment nor the film define "serious" photography; rather it is the intent of the photographer and the images produced.
In 2006 I was in Yosemite and had my SX-70 with me. I made a photo of El Capitan and of Half Dome that impressed me with the creaminess and tone of the colors - right then I knew I had two keepers (which I later scanned and enlarged to 8x10). These two are among my very favorite photos that I've made over the last 30 years with various formats and media. I suppose if I'd used 35mm, or whatever - even digital, I might be able to tweak the results to look similar -- but I knew the shots had an amazing look right after I took them.
Nikon: F, F2, F2, F2, F2S, F2S, F3/T, F3/T, F4S, F4S, FM, FM3a, D700
Canon: EF, AE-1P, RebelG, RebelG, RebelG, Elan 7NE, QL17GIII, Canonet 28
Leica: M3, M3, M6, M6
Exakta: VX, VX, VX,, VXIIa
Hasselblad: 500C/M, 501C, SWC, 553ELX
Mamiya: RB67 Pro S, RB67 ProS
Fuji: GW690III, X-Pro1
Polaroid: SX-70, SLR 690, Image 1200
Minolta: SRT-101, Maxxum 7, DiMAGE X1
Minox: III, IIIs, IIIs, B
Graflex: Pacemaker 4x5
Olympus: XA, XA2
Other: Pentax SP500, Ricoh GR1, Voigtländer Bessamatic
Ratty - did you ever snag an instant camera? I got my oldest a 250 land camera for his birthday and loved his shots so much I found a 360 for myself but am having some issues with it.
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Polaroid Polagraph 400. Miss it terribly.
Marie Consindas and Andy Warhol has been doing serious work. When I shot professionally back in the day, I only use Polaroid to proof for the "real" film. I'm not Consindas nor Warhol, but Polaroids by them are precious art objects.
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I like the Polaroid 100, metal body and tripod ready. Do a battery conversion and the only problem is you will occasionally find one with a bad electronic board easy to make a pin hole camera out of those. clean the rollers, and start shooting. The 110 a and B's are the Cadillac's. The only tools I use are a hacksaw and file, mine may not be as pretty as the pro's conversations but they work great. Only problem is finding the camera for a decent price with a good lens, then get a back, I have even used backs from the 100's, a lot more work testing and fitting. Plus lots of information to be found on line.
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