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Thoughts on my New Polaroid Camera
« on: December 10, 2018, 12:25:06 am »
A few thoughts on my latest camera : A Polaroid One Step 2
The Polaroid brand name has done the rounds in the last few years and the latest proper chemical based incarnation is Polaroid Originals, formerly the Impossible Project, based in the Netherlands.  They make cameras and film for new and old / refurb Polaroids and also sell refurb polaroids.  https://uk.polaroidoriginals.com/

So I bought a new One Step 2 for £100 gift set (from Park Cameras) that comes with a film & box to put piccies in, and in addition some filters and some more film.  After 24 hrs and £30 of film (that's 16 photos), here are some Pros's and Cons:

Pros:
> Real physical pictures in your hand, and to hand around – absolute magic
> It's a proper chemical Polaroid.
> Black & White film is wonderful.  I'm wondering if there is a bit of IR sensitivity there – a good thing.
> Good excuse to buy those extra lights you always wanted for internal use.
> Ergonomics are pretty good and looks cool
> Camera not that expensive
> Brings a smile when using
> Pixel peepers and those who spend their sad lives moaning about chromatic aberrations, vignetting, and other artefacts will hate it. Yay!
> No RAW, Photoshop, or Lightroom etc. Yay!
> Have to think about photos – you only have eight and it's £2 a pop.  No machine gunning a digital thing and hoping one turns out.  I loaded up a pack of eight piccies of B&W film and wandered round where I am.  OK wasn't really eight as wanted to test out the red filter and prism filter, so five shots reflecting where you are is a nice challenge.

Neutral (could go either way):
> May get a sudden urge to listen to ABBA, drink Liebfraumilch, or have a fondue.
> Not too sure about the colour film, although I haven't given it a proper test yet to be fair, and spent a few shots experimenting.
> Lens is about 50mm 35mm film equivalent or maybe just a bit more in focal length.

Cons:
> Film is pricy – around £15 for eight piccies.  Using Bugatti Veyrons in a demolition derby maybe more economical long term.  Still if you rarely take photos why spend a thousand on a digital?
> You'll spend the first film getting used to it (hence my thoughts on colour so far).
> Not really for low light. Film is ASA640 (none of this modern ISO stuff. Hint: ISO is essentially the same as ASA), but I think the aperture is rather small to cope with a 2ft to infinity focal range. Shutter speeds and aperture aren't published.
> It's really a point and shoot bright light instamatic thing
> You may be accused of being a hipster tosser (I don't have a beard by the way)
> Flash could be more powerful – bring back flashbulbs!
> Film temerature sensitive when developing.

FAQs:
> So where are the pictures?  Well it's proper analogue chemical brilliance and I'm a bit short of a scanner, so I'll up load a few soon.  You'll have to wait a bit.
> Do I like it?  Yes, within it's limitations it's rather nice. I like the mono film.

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Re: Thoughts on my New Polaroid Camera
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2018, 09:32:03 am »
When you get your scanner, you could process the images in Photoshop. Sorry - couldn't resist it. My lad has an Instax and absolutely loves it.
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Re: Thoughts on my New Polaroid Camera
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 10:45:49 am »
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When you get your scanner, you could process the images in Photoshop. Sorry - couldn't resist it. My lad has an Instax and absolutely loves it.
Hi, yes of course - although I have GIMP on my Mac as don't fancy the Adobe subscription stuff  :lol: 
I've an Instax Mini 90 as well I picked up a few years back and I am rather pleased with it.
I think the Fuji colour film has the edge on the Polaroid stuff in terms of development.  It is ready a lot quicker and you don't have to shield from light for the first couple of minutes.  I'll be trying the Fuji mono film soon to see how it compares to the Polaroid (although there are the image size differences).

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Re: Thoughts on my New Polaroid Camera
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2018, 11:37:15 pm »
Here's a picture of a boat. Did the scan at work (not the best scanner in the world, few rubbish artefacts with the glass and reflections), and then squished it down to fit on here - original is much clearer and somewhat sharper with better shadow definition.  Nevertheless still somewhat atmospheric. Taken on Polaroid I-Type mono film.
I contacted Polaroid and they said the aperture range is f12 - f64 and shutter 1/20 - 1/500 for the OneStep 2 VF.  Not bad as the Fuji Instax Mini 90 / Leica Sofort is an f12.7 lens.
No image stabilisation, so you'll have to breathe in, breathe out slightly, hold, and shoot.
The size of the images is really into medium/large format territory so a faster lens would be getting a bit serious in terms of cost and weight. Anything faster than f5.6 on big lenses is good!
« Last Edit: December 14, 2018, 12:06:43 am by ZombieCake »

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Re: Thoughts on my New Polaroid Camera
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2018, 01:55:06 pm »
During my working like I was fortunate to be presented on two separate occasions by Polaroid with Portraits taken on their 20" x 24" camera at the National Museum of Photography in Bradford.
Cons. Not really suitable underground and scanning may be a problem.