Four Instant Cameras - The Dainty Squid

Four Instant Cameras

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I'm a huge fan of shooting film. Even more than just shooting film, I love instant film. There's just nothing more satisfying than getting instant tangible results. There are four instant cameras that I shoot with regularly that have easily attainable film. I thought I would share a little bit about each in hopes of inspiring some people to try out my favorite hobby!
land camera film
My personal favorite, the land camera. This is my absolute FAVORITE camera of all the cameras I own. I bought mine from Film Photography Project on ebay three years ago or so when they were having a sale. They do currently have a few in their webstore. They're slightly pricey compared to what you'd find at a thrift store or estate sale (you'll most likely pay less than ten at a thrift store) but they have been tested and come converted to work with modern batteries. Plus they have really great service that I can attest to! When I first got the camera I had no idea what to do with but it actually came with an instructional DVD to help you out. If you don't buy from them, there are tons of tutorials online to help you out. Everything from loading film, to converting the battery. I suppose there is a tiny learning curve but the photos are worth it!

You can find all my land camera photos here.

Approximate price per photo : black and white - $1.80  color - 90 cents
Where to buy film? Film can be found on amazon, black and white or color.  The black and white film was recently discontinued, hence the major price difference, so if you'd like some I'd stock up while you still can.

instax review
The Instax mini is perhaps one of the most popular instant cameras out there right now, film for this camera can even be found at places like Target or WalMart in some cities! I own three instax mini cameras, the 50S, the 7S, the 8. My first, the Instax mini 7S is my favorite. It's a chunky little camera that, in my opinion, isn't very reliable. Does that stop me from continuing to shoot with it? Nope because when the pictures turn out even remotely like I pictured, they're amazing! Since you can't adjust or turn off the flash (at least on the 7s) it can sometimes blow out photos which is why I found it does best outdoors on sunny days instead of in the house. I would consider it the easiest of these four to shoot, it's even simple enough for children to use.

I think the number one selling point for these cameras is that they're portable. Unlike a land camera, this little guy will easily fit in your bag so can take photos anywhere!

Approximate price per photo : 76 cents
Where to buy film? Amazon, Urban Outfitters, Color frame Version, Polka Dot Frame

The Instax 210 is pretty similar to the Instax Mini except the photos are twice the width. It performs best outside on sunny days. In my experience, I've found it's not reliable indoors, so much so that I've come to avoid ever taking any pictures indoors. Not being able to control the flash makes it very easy to ruin photos indoors.

Approximate price per photo : 83 cents
Where to buy film? Amazon, Urban Outfitters

barbie polaroid, polaroid 600
Polaroid 600! The very first instant camera most probably shot with. Although Polaroid quit manufacturing film a few years back, Impossible Project picked up the torch and starting making their own. Impossible Project film has been known to be a bit temperamental but when the photo turns out even prettier than you pictured it's worth it. I've had nothing but good luck with their film but I have heard many horror stories. It's super important to follow the directions closely (especially shading the photo while it develops) for best results.

It's the most expensive of these four to shoot but for me at least, nothing beats it. Plus Impossible Project has come out with so many fun frames, it's hard to not want to shoot it!

Approximate price per photo : $2.94
Where to buy film? Amazon, Color frame (shown above), Urban Outfitters

PS. If you're into spending big bucks on a camera, Urban Outfitters has the same Barbie Polaroid for sale! 
And those are the four instant cameras I shoot with regularly. I love encouraging others to shoot film so by all means, if you have any questions just holler!
xoxo

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  1. I myself own a fuji instax mini 90 neo classic camera (that's a mouth full.) And I absolutely love instant photography. I love giving people the photo as a gift. So I end up having very little photo's that I actually keep for myself. But I'm a giver and I love creating smiles on people's faces. And that's the magic of instant photo's. I just LOVE the Barbie camera. It reminds me of the Barbie crazed 9 year old that I once was. Just awesome. x kayleigh // mylittlejeans

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    1. Haha, I'm the complete opposite. You're lucky if I let you touch the photo I just took. I'm very possessive of my film. :P

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  2. couldn't have read this post at a better time - we have looked into getting photobooths for our wedding but they are so expensive that we are looking down the instant camera and film route but its been a bit of a minefield. thanks for sharing some options!

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    1. Laura, that's awesome to hear! Instant camera + film is definitely a cute idea for a wedding. Good luck choosing. :)

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  3. I *love* this post so very much. Thank you for breaking down the different cameras with examples and where to get film -- every time I'm at this one thrift store in Erie, they have PILES of old Polaroid cameras, and I've always been tempted to get one (or a couple) and see if I could get them working. But I wasn't sure which model(s) to look for. This helps TONS. Thanks!
    -Mandi (http://lifeinbeta.com)

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    1. Awesome! Glad to hear that! :)

      Also, are you talking about the junk store? That place that's on the corner of Peach + 26th? I LOVE THAT PLACE. I've actually scored tons of film there in the past.

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  4. I bought the Instax mini for my younger sisters birthday party so that her and her friends can snap some cute memories and we loved it, I have to buy some refills. That first Polaroid is great though and it looks so vintage, I wish I had one of those!

    www.passionandparanoia.com

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  5. We have two instant cameras, the Instax wide - that we bought for our wedding to take pictures of our guests :) - and the Polaroid 1000. As much as I love the results (newer Impossible color film for the 1000 is much better than the first which was too blue-ish) for both I tend to forget to take them with me in our adventures abroad (forgetful me! :S). Agree with the flash and the Instax wide, I use a silly trick: we stick a white paper on top of it to get a larger light source so the light is not as harsh. I would love to try the landcamera!

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    1. Hah, I sometimes forget to take my instant cameras along!

      Great idea with the paper covering the flash! I've heard that so many times but have yet to try it myself.

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  6. Shooting instant film is my favorite! The 7s is the only Instax Mini I have but I've been thinking about getting another. Is there a reason you prefer the 7s over the other two? Have you ever done a review where you compared the 3?

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    1. I think I like that it's a bit more simple. The other two have a few more settings which seem silly because no matter what it's still a cheap camera that will never give you *AMAZING* results and it just kind of over complicates everything.

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  7. I absolutely love my Land Camera. I have been stocking up on the black & white film as much as possible. I love the b&w. I wish companies would stop discontinuing film. Especially instant film because it is making such a come back.


    Emily
    eageremily.blogspot.com

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    1. I know. It's such a shame. Make me worry about the future of film in general. I hope it never completely dies off!

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  8. So much yes! Instant photos allllll day. I post my Instax photos on my Tumblr, if you want a peek. Not that I'm any good, I just can't help but spread my love for instant photography! Haha.

    www.christinahuerta.com

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  9. Off topic, but - I think I have that same green cardigan?! Did you get it at Target a few years back? I haven't worn it in awhile but now I'm inspired to dig it out again hahah.

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  10. Yesssss. I recently went to a wedding that had an Instax mini out for guests to use and fill up a little scrapbook with the photos. I fell in love! I want one!

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  11. Hi Kaylah,

    Loving your posts on film photography! I am thinking of purchasing one of these Polaroid 215 Land cameras (the same as yours) but was suggested that I go for the Polaroid 250 Land camera as it has a rangefinder. However, there is also a price difference!! Based on your personal experience, do your photos turn out as expected? Do you have any other advice on this camera? Thanks for your help! Grace :)

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    1. Absolutely! I rarely, if ever, have a problem with my photos not coming out as planned with that camera. I definitely recommend it! :)

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  12. Wow, this post came at the perfect time! I was sooooo excited to find a Land Camera at my local thrift store the other week (for about $3, WOO!) and just yesterday I sat down with it and started searching online for tutorials on how to use it. It's a ColorPackII.

    Honestly, if I'd never read your blog I wouldn't even know what a Land Camera was, so thank you for all the wonderful inspiration! I'm excited to put mine to good use! :)

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    1. That's awesome!! Congrats on your new camera! :)

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  13. Beautiful pictures, very creative! <3

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  14. Film photography project is currently selling the Barbie Polaroid for $50 which is waaaaay cheaper than urban outfitters :)

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    1. Hah! Didn't even notice that. But isn't that craaazy how much UO wants for it!?!

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  15. My first instant was a Polaroid 600 which my now husband bought for me in 2003. My next was Instax Mini 7s which I love. Now I'm a bit picky on who can touch and fiddle with my cameras but I knew that my children, niece and nephew had never seen an instant camera before so put a film in just for them to use. They had never seen anything like it before and thought it was absolutely brilliant.
    The next instant I'm after is purely through purchasing the wrong film. The Instax 210. Thanks so much for the review on this camera Kaylah.

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  16. I have an instant camera that uses 600 film and I still haven't been able to use it. I have heard of the Impossible Project and was so excited to purchase some of their films about two years ago and then international shipping happened. The horror of paying triple the price for one box of film made me delay the experience. Now they are sold in a photography shop inside the city but still about $50 worth. I tried ebay and amazon as well but international shipment is always around the corner with insanely high prices :/

    P.S. My fave from you collection is the Land Camera as well. You take amazing shots with it!

    http://chamomiledealer.blogspot.com.tr/

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  17. ah, i've always wanted an instant camera and still haven't bought myself one.. it's a struggle choosing which one to get first, haha! i love the look of your land camera, and the photos you take with it are amazing. xx

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  18. Great post, I've been interested in instant cameras for a while now. I just got an Instax mini 8 and can't wait to gather tiny pics of my nearest and dearest! Love those old Polaroid 600s too :) xx

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