I sent a batch of films off to be developed in Germany about three weeks ago – they were supposed to be developed and scanned, the negatives hermetically stored and the high-resolution files emailed back to me, all within 10 working days. This has not been the case. This isn’t the kind of tardy, lacklustre performance I’d expect from our super-efficient Euro-neighbours, but then I realised that half the population of Germany are here on the Isle of Man, watching the TT motorcycle races and pissing in shop doorways. The stench of urine I can tolerate – the shoddy service at this particular pro’ film lab, I can not. I have clients waiting.
So, this week my instant film fun continues with the Fuji Instax Wide 300. I’ve just realised that this camera has a very slow, fixed f14 lens – so I’m seeing the best results when using it outside on bright sunny days – which is a shame, because bright sunny days here on the Isle of Man are rare. I’ve used the camera on a couple of band promo’ shoots this week – personally I’m very pleased with the results, although I know they aren’t to everyone’s taste. A good friend said to me, as she vigorously shook an instant print I’d just taken of her, “I don’t like these Polaroid pictures you’re doing, they look like a kid took them…” – I pretended not to be upset and deflected the insult by pointing-out that shaking the ‘Polaroid’ picture wouldn’t make it develop any quicker, it would just bend it and make it difficult to scan.
I’ve had a lot of interest in the Fuji Instax Wide 300, especially as to its price – I was actually given mine by a Fuji rep’. However, I do know that they are relatively inexpensive – around £100 in the UK. I assume the theory is that you can only buy Fuji film for these cameras, which is £15 for a pack of 20 shots – so, by making the cameras financially accessible to more people they eventually sell a lot more film? I have to say though that the camera has the quality feel of a Fisher Price toy, so I’d probably resent spending over £100 for it anyway. Here’s some instant film I shot this week.