LOMO Instant Wide Review

Review of the new LOMO Instant Wide and a comparison to the cult classic Fuji Instax 500AF. This is the first in a multi part series on instant materials and cameras…

Sample Pictures: I chose a difficult mixed lighting situation to show the contrast range of the material and low enough light that the camera would choose F8. My focus with the LOMO is much better than using the default settings because of my focusing scale (see below) and even then it is not as crisp as the Fuji 500AF. All shots were on a tripod for maximum stability.

Note on changing film… I discovered that you can not change the film while on the tripod with the LOMO camera due to the tripod socket placement, on the Fuji 500AF you can change film while the camera is on the tripod.

One correction from the video… I mention that Instax Wide film is approximately $18 for 10 shots, that of course is the price for 20 shots. Also, I purchased both cameras used in this review and all reviews here on FR.

Viva la Revolution- Stephen



14 Responses

  1. Hey, is the auto focus on the 500af fairly quick, or do you have to wait a few seconds for it to focus every shot?

    Compared to an instax 300 or 210 that is zone focused and pretty much ready to snap?

  2. Romain

    Hi ! I actually have a dilemma between the Lomo Instant Wide for 190 euros (full combo with lenses and filters) and a Fujifilm 500AF for 150 euros.
    I just can’t choose between the versatility of the Lomo and the gorgeous pictures of the 500AF.

    I will use it by day and night but I already have a fairly good LED lighting torch with adjustable light.

    Please help me ! 🙂

      1. Romain

        Thank you for your reply !
        I was thinking about going for the fuji fp-100C sheets and then have wider options with fujifilm and polaroïd cameras but I guess the problem will be the same.

        Did you ever use this kind of sheets and if so what is your favorite camera for it?
        Thank you !

  3. Steve. An easier way to create a distance scale is to put a ground glass in an empty Instax pack. Set the camera to B and use a clothes pin to hold the time button down on the lens cap. Use a well-lit target and a tape measure and voila! No wasted film.

  4. Hi Stephen, in your experience, have you had your pictures that are closer (not infinity) ending up not sharp despite being placed at the correct distance? Any ideas? I dropped my camera once and I am now suspecting it to act weird because of that. Shots at infinity work well tough. Cheers, Thomas

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