i want it and i want it NOW – the next generation in instamatic photography

one of my photos from my last batch of 600 film

i happily found my last package of 600 film for my polaroid over the weekend and was reminded just how much i miss shooting instant film.  what’s better than taking a photo and within minutes getting the final result?  no processing from film labs or photoshop – just instant here and now.  it’s a winner everytime.      

out of curiosity, i wanted to know how much 600 film was going for so i did a quick search on ebay.  i watched 3 different auctions on 600 film.      

  • Polaroid 600 Instant film 1 Pack 20 Photos ended at $45 dollars with $6.00 shipping.
  • Polaroid 600 Instant Film 1 Pack 10 Photos ended at $31 dollars with $5.00 shipping.
  • Sealed NIB POLAROID 600 Film (2 PACKS) 80 PHOTOS ended at $297.17 dollars with calculated shipping.

by my math calculated from just these 3 auctions – an average pack of 10 photos now runs about $30 minus shipping.  i thought $10 a pack was ridiculous.   

then i just did a generalized google search for 600 film.  not much better.  the first two links i decided to click on stated they were out of stock or discontinued. this got me back to wondering – now that my polaroid is useless at the moment (unless i pay out the wazzooo for film), what other options are there? 

so i got to looking…..    

polaroid 300

 p300 camera details –       

  • Takes business card size instant color photos
  • Auto flash in low light, auto adjust
  • Electronic shutter 1/60 second
  • Manual exposure compensation
  • Works with Polaroid 300 instant film

COST:   

  • polaroid 300 instant – from polaroid @ $89.99    
  • polaroid 300 instant – from Amazon @ $81.57     

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pic 300 film

 p300 film details –        

  • ISO 800 business card size integral color film
  • Glossy finish
  • Works with Polaroid PIC-300 instant camera
  • 2.1-inch x 3.4-inch picture size; 1.8-inch x 2.4-inch image size
  • Available in packs of ten

COST:  

  • polaroid 300 instant film – from polaroid @ $9.99  
  • polaroid 300 instant film – from amazon @ $9.99  

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thanks to the Impossible Project – we can expect the  Polaroid PIC 1000  .  not yet on the market, but it is coming down the road from Polaroid.       

polaroid pic 1000

polaroid pic 1000

 what else is there to know about the pic 1000?

 Engadget says:

“the future-retro Polaroid OneStep film camera developed in part at the urging of The Impossible Project. Just like its namesake, this guy uses Polaroid Color 600 Instant Film. This bad boy will be available at national retailers in 2010.”   

so what if you don’t want to wait for the PIC 1000? 

Fujifilm offers 2 camera options that i thought were pretty cool. 

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 1. Fujifilm Instax MINI 7s White Instant Film Camera  

FUjifilm Instax MINI 7s

 Fujifilm Instax MINI 7s details: 

  • Fujinon Lens – f=60mm
  • Electronic Shutter 1/60 sec
  • Auto Flash in low light, auto adjust
  • Manual exposure compensation
  • Image Size: 2.13″ x 3.4″

COST:  

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2. Fujifilm Instax MINI 25 Instant Film Camera

Fujifilm Instax MINI 25 Instant Film Camera

 Fujifilm Instax MINI 25 Instant Film Camera details:  

  • Close-up lens allows you to shoot up to 35cm to create enlarged subjects
  • Electronic Shutter 1/3 – 1/400 sec
  • Auto Flash in low light, auto adjust
  • Manual exposure compensation
  • Image Size: 2.13″ x 3.4″

COST:   

  • Fujifilm Instax MINI 25 Instant Film Camera – from amazon @ $94.99
  • Fujifilm Instax MINI 25 Instant Film Camera – from B&H Photos @ $94.99
  • Fujifilm Instax MINI 25 Instant Film Camera – from Photojojo @ $124.00

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Fujifilm Instax Mini Picture Format Instant Film

  Fujifilm Instax MINI 7s film details:

  • Hi-Speed 800 ISO
  • Super-Fine grain
  • Vivid, sharp images
  • Fast developing
  • Image Size: 2.13″ x 3.4″  

COST: 

  • Fujifilm Instax Mini Picture Format Instant Film – from B&H Photos @ $13.75 
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini Picture Format Instant Film – from amazon @ $19.34 

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 don’t forget, fuji also has lomo film – when available… at the moment i see B&H is out of stock  😦

lomography film

Lomography Instax Mini Picture Format Instant Film @ B&H Photo @ $13.95

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what to do with once you get your camera and film?

check out Shelterpop with their 5 neato ideas, like their creative wall! 

shelterpop creative wall

 or you can try one of these cool projects:

jeansnow polaroid montage by remo camerota

Portfolio of Darinka Montico and Heli Luoma polaroid display

Polaroid Camera Bookends by craziestgadgets.com

Polaroid on a String & More by apartmenttherapy.com

so there you have it, a little more info on the quick for the highly desirable instamatic awesomeness.  i think i’m going to hold out and see what the specs are on the PIC 1000 and see if its worth buying into.  good thing the year is almost over – the wait should hopefully be short!

3 thoughts on “i want it and i want it NOW – the next generation in instamatic photography

  1. I’m darinka Montico… how did u find that picture? do I know u? it’s fine u can keep it here.. just curious!

    • Hi Darinka!

      No, we don’t know each other, but I am a fan of your Polaroid project! I’m not sure where I found it – most likely I was doing a google search for cool polaroid projects and your image came up.

      If it’s a problem, I can easily remove it! But I just thought it was a wonderful idea and wanted to share it 🙂

      cheers,
      normabeez

      • NO keep it up! i like the page! if u could add Heli Luoma because we did it together and we can find even more! that was just a small selection of our entire project.. I’see if I can rescue some more, on to the Impossible film now but not the same… ;-(

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