The lovely people at Fujifilm sent me an Instax Mini 8 to review.
The Instax Mini 8 is the latest in Fujifilm’s range of instant cameras. If you’ve been living under a rock 😉 these cameras are very far from digital, and print like the old polaroids. They print on credit card sized film and the pictures develop within a minute or so.
The Instax Mini 8 has got a built in light meter, and allows you to manually expose the image by turning the dial around the lens. The manual exposure settings are a little tricky to get used to, but even if the photo doesn’t turn out as planned, they still look awesome and retro! The way it works is an LED light shows you which exposure setting would be best to use, but you have to manually turn it.
To be honest, half the time I forgot to set it… and I still loved the photos 😉
I loved that the photos were instant, and that I don’t need to edit them to share them.
I loved the looks on the kids faces as the images developed. It’s much more meaningful to get a photo on paper, than to just see it on a screen.
The only downside is the price of the film. At R150 for 10, it’s rather an expensive exercise so it really makes you think about what you’re taking a photo of.
And… because the idea is quite novel and everyone likes having prints of photos when they’re around… you end up only keeping a handful of them because you do give a lot of them to your friends as you take their photos!
You can get the film online from OrmsDirect and they also sell the range of Instax cameras.
Now I need to buy one… it’s definitely still on my Must-Have list of photo gear!