Polaroid 250

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Polaroid 250 8.jpg
One of the nicer Polaroid pack film cameras I've been refurbishing.
I've still not got the bleaching process for negative recovery down yet though.
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Fuji Instax Neo 90

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    Using the front mounted selfie mirror.

    Using the front mounted selfie mirror.

The Instax Neo 90 is alright. If you're unfamiliar with Fujifilm's Instax line, they are basically modern instant cameras in the same vein as Polaroids from the previous decades. However, unlike the last Polaroid films, they are 2:3 aspect ratio and come in two sizes. The Neo 90 shoots the size seen here, with credit card sized prints. Fuji has several cameras for this line, as well as a pocket sized printer that connects to your smartphone or Fuji camera.  There is also the Instax Wide series, which I own and enjoy. However, the Instax Neo 90 is possibly the most advanced Fuji Instax camera; it is also one of the smallest. Pair that with retro styling and this camera sounds like a winner. 

In practice, the little camera has its ups and downs. The autoexposure of the Neo 90 is a big improvement over the previous Instax cameras, and it seems easily tweakable with the light/dark options. The additional modes (double exposure, night, etc) seem to work OK, but selecting through and interpreting the icons can be mystifying without a manual. What's more, said features take some trial and error to use, which quickly becomes costly at roughly a dollar a print. 

In the end, I'll be giving mine back. I continue to enjoy my Instax Wide,  although the much smaller size of the Neo 90 is a large boon. But, at over $100 I'm not sold on the value of the camera. The Instax SP1 printer seems like a better option for my particular needs and has a similar price point. However, for those looking for a compact one stop shop or some slightly pricey novelty, the Neo 90 is a solid option and a good upgrade from Fuji's previous Instax options.

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Instax Peter Flagstaff Clouds.jpg

Polaroid 125

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Polaroid 125 Closed.jpg
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My bro Dave gave me some FP-3000B film. I bought and repaired a busted Polaroid 125 off craigslist to use it. 
Balloon Launch FP-3000B.jpg
Balloon Sky FP-3000B.jpg
The pack film these Polaroid cameras use is peel-apart. You take the shot and then pull the film strip through rollers on the edge of the camera. This pushes the chemicals together and starts development. After waiting for the marked amount of time (which depends on ambient temperature), you pull the film apart and grab your print.
Berthoud Pass FP-3000B Negative.jpg
You can also scan the negatives and invert them in Photoshop, like I did with the above strip. 
Balloon Fill FP-3000B.jpg
Berthoud Pass FP-3000B Doublwe.jpg
NASA T-38 FP-3000B.jpg

Polaroid Surprise


If you ever spent time looking at cameras in a thrift store, you'll have likely seen the ubiquitous pile of spent Polaroid cameras. I tend to check for film just in case- but they're always empty.

Or so I thought.

Around a year ago I was browsing my local Saver's with my friend Joel when I saw The Camera. Figuring it was empty as usual, I squeezed off a quick shot for shits anyway. To my surprise, a photo came out! It was old and faded, but slowly developed in its glorious lomo existence.