Lomo Instant Camera

I have a Fuji Instax instant camera and it's a lot of fun to be able to spit out and share prints in the age of Instagram. But it's also an ugly soulless blob of a gadget that seems optimized to be the least carryable or volume-efficient possible. The Polaroid Snap series seems to fix that problem, but the prints look like wafer-thin inkjet slips rather than the meaty, OG polaroid slabs I want. Lomography has its own model out, the Lomo Instant camera: it uses the Instax system and I'm furiously curious about how convincing the retro styling is outside of the product photography studio.

Advanced Lens System: One built-in wide angle lens included, plus additional Fisheye, Portrait and Close-Up lens attachments available

Three Stunning Editions: Choose from three different stylish editions of the Lomo’Instant!

3 Shooting Modes: Shoot photos with auto-flash on for immediate great results, or take direct control with the creative shooting modes (with flash and without flash)

Unlimited Multiple Exposures: Combine multiple shots on one frame for amazing experimental instants

Infinite Long Exposures: Perfect for low light, dawn/dusk and nighttime shooting. Get artistic with light painting and create beautiful light streaked instants!

Amazon reviews are mixed. Anyone tried it?

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  1. I have that exact Sanremo body with all the associated lenses, and, while it's a decent shooter, don't use it more than the traditional Impossible film and SLR-680. I find Instax to be simply too small for what it does. I'd love the fisheye lens if it didn't require me to use a microscope when I look at the actual Instax later on. I love the long exposures but, again, the print is the size of a business card, it's difficult to show that off.

    It is perfect for parties and gatherings where you'd use a cell phone, but the Lomo is then both larger, more complex, and more expensive than the Fuji camera options. When it came time to get an instant camera for my kids I opted for the Fuji instead of handing over the Lomo. It's a nice conversation piece but I'll sell you mine if you're that interested, I certainly don't use that format enough to keep it around and just stumbled across it cleaning the basement this weekend.

  2. That actually takes a digital shot and then prints it, kind of being the best of both worlds. The ZINK tech is good but not great in it's consistency and feel, if that makes sense. But you then have a digital copy to send out to a real printer when needed.

    I have the little ZINK printer from about ten years ago and it's great at family gatherings, hook up a camera to it or send bluetooth from my phone and grandma gets a print for the fridge. I'd replace it with a new one, but the new Polaroid company has overpriced everything they're doing.

  3. Oh, if you want old school Polaroid slabs, Impossible is the only game in town. Expensive, but that film always was. People just forget that part. Their newer chemistry is great, they've come a really long way quickly.

    There's also New 55 if you have a larger 4x5 camera as well, they've been making inroads into the peel-away systems and can make a positive from your 4x5 camera.

  4. This is from MiNt.

    They restore, repair and reskin SX70 cameras. And update their eletronics.

    They also have a pricey custom build camera that uses Instax mini film.

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