As every photographer knows, at some point in your photographic journey you become excited by different camera technologies. Whether it’s a new and improved lens or the latest in off-camera flash remotes.
You also know that it is very tempting to buy the newest and greatest gear and think that will appease your excitement for a bit. But what if it doesn’t? It’s a constant mental battle you play over and over again. To buy or not to buy. Read reviews. To buy or not to buy. Read more reviews. And on and on and on.
Well, I pulled the trigger on my latest obsession. The Fujifilm Instax 210 is the newest member of my photo family. As you can see, it’s an instant camera — harkening back to the Polaroid days. You snap a shot and instantly the picture is pushed out the top slot ready for development. And then the anxiety builds as the photo slowly develops. Did you get the shot right? Is the composition fully captured the way you envisioned it? What about everyone’s facial expressions? Getting multiple shots of the same scene is impossible. This isn’t your typical DSLR with instant digital preview, straight-through-the-lens view-ability, and click, click, click, click, click.
This is old school — click and hope. Nothing digital to be seen here.
But why an instant camera? I literally have hundreds of gigabytes of photos in my Aperture library. Although I have printed quite a few, it’s never enough. There are numerous photos I keep telling myself that I need to print. But it rarely happens where I go back and do that. The lack of free time to attend to that portion of my hobby is troubling. So the Fujifilm satisfies that. And not only does it give me an instant print, it provides me the spontaneity and adventure that photography in the digital age sometimes lacks.
And to “shake it like a Polaroid picture” to develop quicker? In spite of Outkast’s proclamation, it doesn’t help with modern instant film. But it sure is fun to do!