Lo-Fi: Five frames with the Fujifilm Instax 100

The #ShittyCameraChallenge has introduced a new challenge for instant cameras. Although I already have a Polaroid 600, I wanted to try Instax film but really wanted something a little bigger than Instax mini.

In Portugal there is a site called OLX, where people advertise used products for sale. There were plenty of Instax Mini and Instax Square cameras for sale, but they were rather expensive. However, for 20€ I picked up a nice Fujifilm Instax 100 which I thought would be ideal.

When the camera arrived it was in nice condition externally and also included an old used cassette. However, a quick inspection of the battery compartment revealed a lot of corrosion of the terminals.

A non-destructive method of removing corrosion from batteries I have learned of is to use white vinegar. Before cleaning the terminals I used an air blower to clean away any dust on the outside of the camera.

Using cotton buds I gently wiped away the corrosion from the terminals. The process was really successful, and inserting four 4 AA batteries the Instax 100 powered up nicely.

On a lovely sunny day I took out the Instax 100 for a test drive. It was very simple to use, just so long as one remembered to change the focussing, on switching it on the camera has a nasty habit of setting the focussing range from 0-15m instead of 15m-infinity.

Here the focus range was set incorrectly from 0-15m. The lines on the door are a little soft.
Correcting the focussing range to 15m-infinity brought the lines on the gate into sharp relief.

Published by Keith Devereux

'Let me close my eyes and sense the beauty around me. And take that breath under the dark sky full of stars.' Mira Furlan

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