As I have stated in previous articles, all Impossible Project instant films need to be shielded from light during processing/ development. This is especially important for the first few minutes, but the longer you can keep the print out of the light while it develops, the better. The new V2.0 B&W films both SX-70 and 600 are said not to need light shielding but as you can see from the attached sample photos this is not exactly true— the film is getting better but still not 100%. The sacrifice of contrast, density and sharpness when not shielded is crazy and it gets worse the brighter the light is.
The image on the left was shielded where as the image on the right was not… big difference!
With color film you have to shield the image for 30-40 minutes minimum and process at 65-75F for best results!
Making instant film is a very, very complicated process and I am confident that given time these films will become more user friendly and cost effective.
So a quick test looking at Fuji 100C, Fuji Instax Wide and Impossible Color 600 (newest version). All images were shot on a tripod within minutes of each other. Click on the audio button to here my thoughts and the testing procedures…
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.
This was a pleasant surprise in my email yesterday from Linhof Studio. While in Paris last winter I had discussed the possibility of seeing Bergger films in more sizes with the owners… so awesome to see it has happened. Now to get some in my hands for testing!!!