A Vlog and an Instant Film Adventure (Polaroid Originals and Fujifilm instax mini)

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The vlog is shoot by my iPhone SE with external wide angle lens and mic, as another video-making test. I visited one of my favorite places in northern Taiwan, Hougtong and Jingtong along the Pingxi Railway Line, about 1-2 hours' ride from Taipei. I also made a video for my 35mm/120 film photography here:

Instant films are digitized by my Canon EOS M with EF-S 24mm STM and macro filters.

Additional notes:

I bought a Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Sonar OneStep (1978) and a Polaroid P 600 (2009) in 2017, shot several packs of Impossible Project films, both color and b&w. Now I finally got the new Polaroid Originals films (manufactured in Sep 2017) and try them out - one each for both cameras.

Sadly, my SX-70 suffered the common shutter/mirror struck problem from 5th shot, which is a not-so-uncommon thing for SX-70 users. However, the new cartridges (both SX-70 and 600 film) also fit a bit too tight for my SX-70; you can see in the video (2:53) I did struggled a bit to push it in. After went back home I tried to pull out the cartridge and broke the lid, so I had to use tools to force it out. The 600 cartridge fit exactly the same. All Impossible Project-era cartridges I used fit smoothly.

As far as I can tell, the new and old cartridge shells are exactly the same size. I opened one of the new cartridge, and find one of the two batteries area seems to be a tiny bit thicker. Is it swollen? Pasted with thicker glue? Model number is the same as old ones (Impossible Impulse Battery I-11, Model 2CP225040N), this one made in June 2017. Did the thickness cause power or contact problems so the SX-70 couldn't operate normally? Or the films had trouble to be pushed out?

Another curious thing was, after the 3th shot, some kind of white paint stick on both rollers of the SX-70, leaving dots on other 5 shots. It can be scratched off by fingernails. I didn't open the camera at that time, and I did not get white paints on my fingers. Was it scratched from somewhere on the film frame? I coulnd't tell.

Anyway, even the problem is mainly on the camera, using new films may still have greater risks. I will still keep my SX-70 though; it is such a unique and classic camera. But my much-cheaper P 600 works perfectly and is easier to handle.

(Oh, the new OneStep 2 camera is sold about $150 USD in Taiwan, instead of $100. And some people are selling Polaroid Originals by the higher prices of Impossible Project films.)

So, about the film: both Polaroid Originals films look pertty good under correct exposures. The 600 film was very green-ish after 15 to 30 minutes, but turned a bit redder one or two hours later (I keeped them inside my coat, then my bag). Of course, they still cannot compete with Fujifilm instax films, which is as reliable and colorful as always in hot or cold days, no shielding needed, and only take several minutes to fully developed. (I should mention that the digitalization didn't do justice to these films, Polaroid or Fujifilm. They look a lot better on your hand.)

No wonder Polaroid wanted to sue Fujifilm - if Fujifilm started to make cheaper instax Square cameras or better analog models Polaroid would lose a big portion of market. Polaroid successfully sued Kodak in the 1980s, and planned to sue Fujifilm (whose products in Japan were based on Kodak) as well, but made a deal to exchange video technologies and let Fujifilm keep their Japanese market. They did worked together for an instax mini camera, and about the time Polaroid filed bankruptcy Fujifilm started to sell cameras in United States. Personally, I wish they could work together again instead of trying to choke each other to death.

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