So initially I didn’t have any immediate plans to get the new camera from Polaroid Originals assuming that it would have been a few hundred and probably out of stock for a while. I dropped by Salt Kakaako to check out Hungry Ear Records for some new music. On the way out I did my typical stop in at Treehouse to say hi, low and behold the new Polaroid was on display. To make it even more tempting, the price wasn’t excessive like I had expected it to be. In total this will still end up costing a pretty penny, but this new camera uses cheaper packs of film thanks to the battery being removed. This price drop for i-type film is even more noticeable when you count the extra few dollars discounted once Polaroid Originals became official and not just Impossible film.
The camera will have a difficult time indoors without the use of flash but I still felt the need to test how it would be. I also have to remember to make sure I’m a few feet back for the focus to be accurate. I’ll be taking it out more when I do some outdoor shoots and if I can find enough light indoors too. I’m generally not very comfortable with direct flash but maybe this is something I’ll have to get used to for using this camera.
I’ve seriously had my eye on one of the printers for a while, I was very tempted to grab the SP-1 at the huge price drop right before this printer was announced. I managed to use my friend’s SP-2 during my recent trip to the Bay Area and was convinced that I’d pick one up as soon as it got a bit cheaper. The day arrived much sooner than expected when I found it for $50 off. This printer uses the same battery as the Instax Mini 90S, which has been generally long lasting . The printing quality has increased, images are sharper and the colors look better than the SP-1. I can’t see a huge need to upgrade unless you really like burning through these prints, but it’s worth the few extra bucks if you’re thinking about grabbing one of the printers.
The setup was pretty basic. I didn’t bother reading the instruction manual before I started and managed to do the basic prints without any trouble. The images may be cropped so be sure go through the editing in the Instax app. There are some extra bells and whistles for making a collage or other things, but I prefer to just stick with a single image, the mini film feels too small to handle a mix of images. Well, my opinion may be biased due to bad eyesight.
In an attempt to work with some extra lighting, I asked a friend to join a shoot so I could play with a reflector. I don’t often have anyone to hold things for me, so this was a different experience. more “What do I do with an asssistant? Featuring Sachi”
I managed to get a small gig shooting some products for a local skate brand. All Day I Dream About Pizza had a few shirts and pins to display. This was the first time I got to shoot products for someone and the general theme kind of lined up with how I normally shoot anyway. more “All Day I Dream About Pizza”
It’s been a hot minute since Toshiko has had some time to meet up for photos. more “CatParty Walks 08 Toshiko”
New Cat enthusiast to join the party and her name is Julia. I’ve lost count on the times I accidentally typed my name instead of hers, including the two times it happened just to reach this sentence. more “CatParty Walks 07 – Julia”
Going out for casual walks with a cute friend is great, I get some fresh air and nice afternoon light to play around with while we take photos. I really enjoy doing them, but I had a taste of what could be some #catlyfegoals and that involves staying home. more “Instant film Cat Party”
Mai is currently visiting from Japan and wanted to snag a few photos. more “Gypsy at the beach”
Have you ever had Polaroid film that was meant for a different camera? Impossible Project makes a neutral density filter that will allow you to shoot their 600 film in the SX-70 model. more “Polaroid SX-70 with Impossible Project ND Filter”