Saving Fuji FP-100C and Wet Plate Pack Film Shooting

A lot has changed in the last few years regarding the survival of film, photographers are now making direct appeals to manufacturers and gaining support from other shooters in a global effort to save our materials. Perfect examples of this success: Impossible Project instant materials, CineStill and their new successful Indiegogo campaign, New 55 instant material, Film Ferrania and now perhaps Fuji FP-100C, only time will tell.

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http://savepackfilm.net/

And then there is cool stuff like this video on how to shoot wet plate with your pack film camera!

Viva la Revolution- Steve

 

New Kodak Super 8 Camera

Very cool!

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http://kodak.com/ek/us/en/consumer/products/super8/default.htm?cid=go&idhbx=super8#

“This is no longer the classic script of a war of digital versus analog,” Mr. Clarke said. “What it really is now is the complementary characteristics of both.” — Jeff Clarke, Kodak’s Chief Executive

 

Fuji Instax Wide- Good Glass Matters

Good glass always matters, but when you only have 10 LPM to work with, it matters a lot… that is if you are looking for “sharp” images from instant materials! Below I did a test comparing the Fuji 500AF to a converted Polaroid 110B with an Instax wide back… as you can see, the difference is HUGE! The 110B has better sharpness and better color, or at least more accurate color, which is to be expected as the 127mm Rodenstock lens on that camera is quite amazing.

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Fuji 500AF – Polaroid 110B Fuji Instax Wide Conversion

Advantages to the 110B

  • Total manual exposure control
  • Multiple exposure and pre-exposure capabilities
  • F 4.5 – F90
  • Cable release option
  • “Accurate” rangefinder focusing (manual focus only)
  • Build quality but comes at the cost of size and weight
  • No batteries required

Advantages to the Fuji 500AF

  • Fast shoot time
  • Lighter weight
  • AF but that also has its issues in low light
  • Built in Flash

In conclusion… both cameras are quite nice and represent a real creative option to shooters looking for “sharp” Fuji Instax wide images. When holding the physical instant prints in your hand, both instant images seem quite sharp. But the Polaroid 110B has a lot more pop and under magnification it becomes quite clear which camera is sharper, so if your intentions are to scan and enlarge the image this should be part of your consideration.

One final note on the test shot: I did 5 images with the Fuji 500AF and chose the sharpest one- as with AF there is always the possibility of the camera picking the wrong point of focus. The 110B was spot on with just one shot. I also chose F8 as the Fuji would default to that setting due to the lower light level.

 

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

 

 

Instant Cameras and New Instant Films

In a week or two I will be posting an extensive review on the camera above as well as thoughts on the MiNT SLR 670 M and A as well as Impossible new 600 Color and V2.0 BW in SX 70 and 600 and how they compare to Instax materials… stay tuned!

Viva la Revolution-

Stephen

 

AERO-Liberator Camera

Stay tuned for a blast of posts on all things LF. I am very excited to get this camera tomorrow.

Viva la Revolution- Stephen