Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Instax Wide shows promising characteristics

There is real reason to get this interesting film into a proper camera with some manual settings.

The Instax integral film exposes from the rear and the dyes migrate toward the clear front, leaving a fairly sharp (click on it) and contrasty image. The corners appear to be sharper than the center with the standard lens and this distance - worth a close look and comparison to front-exposed integral films.

Since it exposes from the back, no mirrors are needed. This makes it possible to use the Instax film like any other film, if you can make it fit.

F14 or something, a plastic lens I presume, and a simple shutter are what you get with the big Instax 200 or 210 camera, which seems ripe for a graft job. The native lens has a focal length of 90mm or so.  Maybe if I put that 90mm Schneider Angulon with a machined adapter I might be able to get a quick result. Even better would be a back that could clip onto the Speed Graphic. This seems quite possible, since the eject mechanism consists only of a little kicker arm to push the exposed picture out enough for two rollers to grab it.  Both could be manual.  A small crank like the old Kodak "The Handle" would work, and eliminate motors and batteries altogether.

Just light, optics, film and chemicals.  ISO 800. Impressive.


Steve said...

Why not start with one of those instax backs made to fit Dianas?
Graft it to the back of something like a Graflex RF system.

Bob Crowley said...

Hi Steve

I ordered one of those. They are half this size, though. I could imagine this system made in 4x5 or even 8X10. Or bigger! Wouldn't that be cool!

Steve said...

Well, don't think fuji is going to help you out with that one.

Bob Crowley said...

Right. So I also ordered another Instax 200 camera (cheap on ebay) that I plan to modify for this format.

Instant photography is in its infancy. I believe that in the future, there will be direct integral photosensitive materials that we can produce an image on like the integral Instax, in larger sheets.

Anonymous said...

Are you trying to tell us something?

Bob Crowley said...

Yes - what I wish for in this case. But generally, I'm using the materials that are available now.

Bob Crowley said...

The Diana Instax back was just as hard to adapt to anything I have around here, though kind of fun to use with the Diana F. You can't even aim that camera, which is of course one of its more valuable features.

Suwen Chee said...

Yo Bob, I manage to get it onto a Graflex XL, http://suwenchee.blogspot.com/2012/06/instax-mini-professionally.html?m=0