My wife and I spent a few days in Tokyo for the New Year, our first trip there with our 5-year-old in tow. Between taking him to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka and Disney Sea, I managed to do a quick run to the camera store to get these: Instax Mini Chrome film and a Lomography Light Painter. Eager to test them out and hope to post the results within the next two years – HAH! Bad blogger!

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Here are four of the five test shots I’ve done so far using the Lomo’Instant,  and it looks like it’ll take a few Instax packs before I get used to how the camera behaves.  I’m only really happy with the shot on the upper right,  shot in Automatic mode with a color gel. The MX shot is way overexposed and a mess,  the one in the lower right overexposed as well.  The cat shot used the close-up lens attachment – it’s okay but not as sharp as I’d want.

The one test shot I threw away was an MX of my cat,  using no flash for the first exposure and a single pop for the second at -2 EV. Far too dark.

More to come as I continue this test drive.

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My last camera purchase for 2014 was Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 8, bought new for half the retail price because,  I suspect,  it came in a shade of pink only JPop stars can pull off –  even Sanrio fans might balk at buying this color camera.  A handy shooter,  no doubt,  but doesn’t quite go with my beer gut or personal aesthetic.

It is fitting that I start the year with another instant camera,  the Lomo’Instant in immaculate white.  Like the Fuji,  this uses Instax film,  but is far more versatile than the Mini 8. With exposure compensation,  multiple exposure,  bulb,  color gels and four creative modes,  the Lomo’Instant can certainly give the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic a run for its money.

I’ll be testing this camera out for the next few days and I hope to do a proper unboxing video. I will have to put everything back in the box though,  hah hah,  and do it all over for the video.  Couldn’t resist taking it out as soon as I got it. 

Be back in a few.