Instax Mini



The last time you hear me mention much about my own cameras was over a year ago. I settled with my X2 camera and sort of married her. I’m still using it few times a week for my working material – the daily life stuff. I even used it more than a few occasions during rainy weather. I know it’s got lots of mileage ahead of me.

I want to experience a new way of photography. I’d like to play, I like photography. It’s me. The Instax mini format filled in the gap for me. It’s film, it’s small, the Fuji Instax Mini 90 has got enough reasons for me to explore with. You can visit their official web and see for yourself.

While I’m not here to review camera, I’m taking this as a documentary of how I see myself toward the Instax. My intention to get this camera and 7 packs of film was to really see what I can do with it. I hoped to have tangible photos with my girlfriend. Until I realized I’ve already messed up perhaps 10 films out of 3 packs (30 total) for my personal stuff. The rest were photographs with my girlfriend, and they ended up alright.


I was well informed that the Instax Mini shoots great portraits. I don’t doubt it. But to shoot just about anything except human with the (preferred) portrait orientation all seemed to be a hell of a challenge for me. My framing and distance are totally off. I thought it has a viewfinder and works just like a rangefinder, however it’s more complex than you’d imagine a plastic toy can do. It’s just odd. Ever learn a new language? This is how I feel with it. All begin from zero. The camera does have a landscape mode to extend the focus to infinity which you might thought landscape should not be a problem. I just do not believe it can do anything spectacular with it when the photo size is mini. I still firmly believe it’s just because i’m new to it after only two days of use. Time and travel will educate me the use of it, sooner or later. I already see it replacing my handy cellphone snaps of my personal life photography with my Instax.

The limitations do give me hard time. ISO800 film, no delete button, no LCD, cannot magnify photo to see more detail, no pin sharp focus, no editing, not easily shared to online…I’m up for it. 10 films per pack teaches me not to shoot just about anything. There’s the price to pay when missing the shot. I understand the fact that it’s especially a great camera when you have a life companion, family, travel; the personal stuff so to speak. There’re moments you just want to hold them in your hand and share it along. I just do not want my precious moments to be buried in my PC. I guess that’s what the unprinted megapixels can’t give us these days?