(2018-01-30) Last week, I received the long-awaited new Lomography instant camera, called „Lomo’Instant Square“. The camera mainly uses the Fuji Instax Square films and is also capable of loading the smaller Fuji Instax Mini films with the optional back.
Due to our move, it took a few days until I could actually run and test the camera, but last weekend there was a short window of time … 🙂 So here is a review.
I supported and co-financed the Lomo’Instant Square through Kickstarter last year. At that time, I decided on type Pigalle. There were also various accessories available. Meanwhile you can order the camera in different versions and with various accessories on the official Lomography website.
It is not my first camera from Lomography. Some time ago I had already bought a Lomography Belair. There is already a review on my homepage.
I was not really satisfied with the results of the Belair yet, but I could not test it yet. So I hoped that now at least the Lomo’Instant Square will not let me down. In the photo above you can see the folded camera together with my first results.
The Lomo’Instant Square did not disappoint… 🙂
So far I have been able to take only two pictures, both on the road in rather gloomy weather, but both have become very beautiful. So I’m looking forward to more!
The handling of the Lomo’Instant Square is kept simple and clear. There is a auto and a bulb-mode. A button for over- and underexposure, one for multiple exposures, one for the flash and one for the self-timer. The batteries can be replaced at the bottom of the camera, even if the film is inserted. Interestingly, it did not opt for AA batteries, but rather two smaller 3V DC2 batteries. I had those at home. The integrated and removable infrared remote release requires a flat additional battery.
The first picture I made, as I said in dull weather, was from our new favorite döner wrap bistro. By mistake, I used the flash, because this is probably the default when the camera is turned on. But that was a good thing.
Unlike, for example, testing the Impossible I-1 camera I actually achieved a nice result on the first test image.
And also the second picture, a little further along the way, was a success. Not far from the Kulturspeicher in Würzburg, after visiting an exhibition at the BBK, I photographed the three roofs of the local waterworks. This has become one of my favorite local motives. So to say, my TV tower in Würzburg… 😉
I hope the camera or the Fuji Instax films are a good alternative to the Impossible or Polaroid Original films. Although the films of Fuji are a little smaller, but also a little cheaper. And in terms of quality, they are „at least“ just as good. The Impossible films have often disappointed me in the past. Let’s see what Fuji can do.
What I have not been able to test so far with the Lomo’Instant Square, but which should probably be possible soon, is the behavior of the camera or the flash indoor and with photo lamps. I’m looking forward to it and will update here as soon as possible…
…and here comes a small update.
First, I tested the flash indoor and additionally used an orange color filter. It seems like I still have problems choosing the right section. Especially in the short range, there is a proper parallax shift from viewfinder to lens. I have to develop a feeling for that.
My first test picture directly made it into a selection of images on Lomography.de… 🙂
Multiple exposure mode
Easy to use, but perhaps difficult to master is the multiple exposure mode of the camera. In theory, you can activate the MX button and take as many pictures you want and just with another press of the button you eject the film.
Due to the fact that I have flashed here at both exposures the wood grids superimpose the model. Maybe I should have done just one of both flashes in that case. Maybe not…In any case, I like the picture very much… 🙂
Fuji Instax Mini – Monochrome
In addition to the square format of the Fuji Instax Square films, the camera also offers the possibility to use the narrower Fuji Instax Mini films by changing the back.
The replacing of the separately available back part proceeds relatively quickly. Only my tripod mount had to be unscrewed, because it blocked the lever movement of the back.
Then you just have to get used to the changed image format. The viewfinder of the camera offers only a square format by default. This is a little bit disturbing when changing to the extreme format. But with a few tests you can get this out quickly. In addition, this really only seems to play a crucial role in close-ups.
Unlike the (relatively new) Square films, Fuji’s mini-films already have more choices (colored and patterned frames, color / monochrome). But I hope that in the near future the selection will be even bigger…