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Tuesday
Aug172010

Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 Instant Camera First Photos Video

I picked up this little instant camera, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7, at our Burseldon Car Boot Sale on Sunday - and what a bargain it was! Boxed, with instructions and a 10 pack of Instax Mini film, it only cost me £5, much cheaper than anything comparable on eBay. The film was five years out of date, but as it turned out that didn't matter one bit...

If you've been following the podcast recently you'll know that I've developed a habit of buying Instant Cameras without any film. First there was the Fujifilm Instax 200, then the Polaroid "Spice" Cam, then the Polaroid Model 1000 (Onestep) Land Camera. All without film!

The thing is, instant film, whether it be old expired Polaroid Stock, new Impossible Project Film, or new Fujifilm Packs, isn't cheap. Genuine Polaroid film goes for silly prices, Impossible Project packs are about £20 for 8 shots, but the cheapest is the still-in-production Fujifilm Instax Mini. If you buy more than one pack at a time, and shop around a bit, you can get Instax Mini Film for about 50p a photograph - not too bad, and cheap enough as an occasional indulgence, so the Mini was the Instant Camera I really wanted.

I could hardly believe my luck when in the last row, at the last stall, just before we were about to go home, I saw the boxed Instax Mini 7 you see in the video at the top of this article. We all had a play with the camera that afternoon, taking photos of each other and enjoying the magic of seeing the photographs appear from nothing.

I'm not saying the Instax Mini 7 is a great camera, or that the photo's it produces are exceptional, but it's the most fun we've had with a camera for a long time, and you can't beat the look on someone's face when they see an instant photo develop for the first time.

I'm addicted!

Cheers, Rob.

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