Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ini Pasal Instant Camera

Okay, tajuk entri pun dah agak panjang so faham faham je lah. Yang tak berminat, I suggest for you to just not read this reaaaally long entry.
Ini khas for those yang curious atau ingin tahu (wait, isn't that the same thing?) about that instant camera since ramai yang tanya.

First, let's get the fact straight. I don't have a Polaroid, I have an instant camera that is from Fujifilm. The instant camera is a type of camera with self-developing film. The difference between Polaroid and Fuji Instax is they are of different brand. Both of them are instant cameras.

The catch is Polaroid is the popular or should I say the 'It' brand for instant cameras. But, this is the situation right now ;
In February 2008, Polaroid announced it would discontinue production of film, shut down three factories and lay off 450 workers. Sales of chemical film by all makers have dropped by at least 25% per year in the first decade of the 21st century, and the decline is likely to accelerate. Fujifilm is now the only remaining supplier of instant film in the United States. However, in October 2009, Polaroid announced it would bring back its classic instant film cameras, after announcing the year before that production was to be stopped

So you could go grab your money or whatever left of it after shopping for to-die-for shoes/bag/jeans/shirt/whatever you splurge for and go hunting for that Polaroid camera at Jalan Masjid India or wherever you can find those things (heard someone got it for under RM100 there by the way). I'm not sure how much would the film cost though.

Anyway, I'll just go on explaining about the Instax since I have one myself (I'll try to keep it simple)

Kay, basically there are two types of Instax that you need to know.

So first is for the tight/low budget people. The name is Fuji Instax Mini.
Now, this series have about 3 types of cameras that I know and their price range (depends on the shop) :
- Fuji Instax Mini 7s (RM248.00 - RM318.00)
[You could say this is one of the most common Fuji Instant type of cameras in Malaysia (or so that Abang at Mooks Pavilion said anyway).]
- Fuji Instax Mini 25 (RM440.00 - RM460.00)
- Fuji Instax Mini 55i (RM540.00 - RM560.00)

Remarks : In term of price, 7s wins. But in terms of features, 55i totally scores (you can adjust the shutter speed and there's self-timer - none of this are featured in 7s & 25). All of these cameras use the Instax Mini Film, the description size is 'credit card size pictures.' The cheapest deal on the internet is RM28 per pack of 10 pieces. Not sure how much it is at Mooks though.

Second is the Fuji Instax Wide (which is the one that I have now):
- Fuji Instax 210 (RM360 - RM390)

- Instant camera = instant pictures (like polaroid)
- Wide format photos.
- Shoots vivid, high quality prints instantly!
- Has build in flash.
- Big & clear viewfinder.
- Has self-shoot mirror.
- Close-up lens for focusing from 35cm.

Remarks : I have shot with this so here goes. The quality is as good as the features said, it really is high quality and you can control the lighting. The finished pictures have the oh-so-lovable-nowadays vintage finish. It's a little bulky though, so you're gonna need a big bag to carry this baby. The picture size is W 108mm X 86mm. In terms of film price, this one is a bit on the expensive side. It's RM36 for 1 pack of 10 pieces while RM62+ for 2 pack (20 pieces).

So, pick the one of your choice. Still confuse? You are welcome to this link : The *Click* Shop (Malaysia) or ask around. I think that Abang at Mooks would be kind anough to explain to you. (The one with the long hair looks like he knows a lot.)

footnote : most of the explanation is from Wikipedia and The Click Shop. I just compile the stuff. Hope it helps you guys. By the way, those who wants to know about other shops around KL that sells these camera can PM me at Facebook.

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