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Sunday
Nov062011

Instant gratification

A while back I wrote about how film photography helps slow me down just by the fact that you don't see the results right away, but what if you can't wait to have the film developed? There is a camera for that too, in today's section I write about my latest acquisition, the Polaroid Automatic 100 Land Camera.

The Automatic 100 was the first of several Polaroid models sharing such innovations as collapsing bellows, automatic exposure and a folding range finder. When it was introduced (in the early to mid 60’s) it used the 7.2cm x 9.5cm Polaroid 100-series packfilm which came both in color and back & white. You might have heard a lot about Polaroid over the past few years and wonder if you can even find such film on the market these days, luckily there are solutions out there. I use the Fujifilm FP 100C and FP 3000B color and black & white film readily available from the Film Photography Project store or other locations. With a price of about $8.00 to $12.00 for a 10 pack of film it is not the cheapest way to shoot, but it sure is one of the more fun ways. This camera is just a fun thing to bring to a party or along for a trip.

These days with smart phone camera apps. no-one is used to holding a real print in their hands and there certainly is something special about that. So where can I find such a photographic gem? I would suggest checking out the Film Photography Project store at

http://www.filmphotographystore.com

You can also check out my instant photography section here http://jtegnerud.squarespace.com/film-photography/instant-photography/ or read about my first experience with the Automatic 100 at the FPP website http://filmphotographyproject.com/content/features/2011/10/jonas-discovers-polaroid-100-camera

Have fun and keep shooting film!

~jonas

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