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Fuji teases the idea of interchangeable-lens Instax
Old 10-23-2018   #1
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Fuji teases the idea of interchangeable-lens Instax

From DPReview's Photokina interview with Toshihisa IIda of Fujifilm:

DPR: Do you see opportunities for more Instax incorporation into your traditional camera lineups?

Fuji: Yes, Instax are already becoming digital cameras. Maybe we should think about interchangeable lens Instax. One of the biggest features for mirrorless cameras are interchangeable lenses, so Instax is one of our opportunities.

https://www.dpreview.com/interviews/...-go-full-frame

Not clear whether he means a digital-capture hybrid like the SQ10, or direct Instax capture with interchangeable lenses.
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How about starting out with a decent-and-focusing-lens-instax. Not expecting much, scale focus and slightly better performance than what they have now would be great.
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Not expecting much, scale focus and slightly better performance than what they have now would be great.
Lomography is your friend, then.
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Fuji's Instax 500AF had auto focus and used the wide film. It was the best performing Instax made, and gave really sharp, in focus (!) pics. Much better than the really expensive MiNT RF70.
But Fuji for some reason replaced it with the much crappier fixed focus Instax Wide 300.

So Fuji, howzabout making the 500AF again?
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Lomography is your friend, then.
Also expecting the ability to not blow highlights in direct sun.
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Fuji's Instax 500AF had auto focus and used the wide film. It was the best performing Instax made, and gave really sharp, in focus (!) pics. Much better than the really expensive MiNT RF70.
But Fuji for some reason replaced it with the much crappier fixed focus Instax Wide 300.

So Fuji, howzabout making the 500AF again?
A camera that lets you get it right the first time... is not a good camera for the film manufacturer
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I spoke to the Fujifilm representatives at Photokina last month and they hinted at great developments in the Instax line in the near term future. One of the beauties of Instax is there is something for everyone! Obviously he did not want to play all his hands so we shall wait and see. Fujifilm sold 6.6 million Instax cameras last year and they expect to do even better this year.

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Also expecting the ability to not blow highlights in direct sun.
Know what you mean, the darken setting is your friend. yours, FPJ
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Know what you mean, the darken setting is your friend. yours, FPJ
No, if the review I saw is correct, the Lomo whatsitcalled (for instax wide film) simply maxes out at EV 16 or 17.

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Not, if the review I saw is correct, the Lomo whatsitcalled simply maxes out at EV 17 or 18.
On the Instax 300 and its smaller sibs.
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One of the beauties of Instax is there is something for everyone!
No, there isn't.
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On the Instax 300 and its smaller sibs.
Oh caught my ninja editing. I was replying the Huss' suggestion of a Lomo.
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No, there isn't.
:-)

I'd try instant if there were bigger prints, quality lenses and an ability to have a negative for enlargements.
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Lomography is your friend, then.
Or mint. But they're Damn expensive
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Or mint. But they're Damn expensive
The image quality of the $1000 MiNt cameras are much worse than the (now only $88 on sale!) Fuji Instax 300. Which is much worse than the camera it replaced - the Fuji 500AF.
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I One of the beauties of Instax is there is something for everyone!
I have a basic Instax Mini, and the 'expensive' one. Pics are exactly the same. Fuji only offers different styles, not quality of imaging (being able to focus etc).
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I'd try instant if there were bigger prints, quality lenses and an ability to have a negative for enlargements.
Exactly!

I'd also like having more emulsions, but that is never going to happen either...

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The image quality of the $1000 MiNt cameras are much worse than the (now only $88 on sale!) Fuji Instax 300. Which is much worse than the camera it replaced - the Fuji 500AF.
I think that there is a fair chance that Mint will figure out what went wrong with the lens and will fix it or simply accept the fact that users expect more IQ for that kind of money...
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I have a Century Graphic. An Instax insertable or 6x9 Graphic back would give me the Instant Camera "everyone" wants. FPJ
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The image quality of the $1000 MiNt cameras are much worse than the (now only $88 on sale!) Fuji Instax 300. Which is much worse than the camera it replaced - the Fuji 500AF.
Yup I agree. That's why I got myself a converted MUP!

Mamiya Universal Press w/ Fuji Instax wide by Richard Tran, on Flickr
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Interchangeable-lens Instax already exists:





Takes Mamiya Press/Universal lenses.

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How about they build a interchangeable lens mirrorless, small and compact, that will communicate with a portable printer worn bandolier style across the shoulder. Print what pictures you like and as many copies as you need or are willing to pay for.
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Yup I agree. That's why I got myself a converted MUP!

Mamiya Universal Press w/ Fuji Instax wide by Richard Tran, on Flickr
very cool indeed.
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How about they build a interchangeable lens mirrorless, small and compact, that will communicate with a portable printer worn bandolier style across the shoulder. Print what pictures you like and as many copies as you need or are willing to pay for.
You can do that with a Fuji interchangeable lens APS-C mirrorless connected by wifi to an Instax printer. But most of the character of an instant picture comes from the long lens delivering a big image on the large format instant film. If you shoot with a small C-MOS sensor, you lose this particular look, even though you print your picture on instant film...

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i'm down for that! especially instax square with a portrait lens on a long cone. something like the polaroid big shot.

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Yup I agree. That's why I got myself a converted MUP!

Mamiya Universal Press w/ Fuji Instax wide by Richard Tran, on Flickr
Nice picture!

If you can cope with the vignetting, there's one for sale on eBay for what seems a reasonable amount of money, considering the Belair Instax back alone goes for a small fortune nowadays...

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Fujifilm sold 6.6 million Instax cameras last year and they expect to do even better this year.
Cheers, Robert
The 6.6 million was already a year before, in their fiscal year 2016 / 2017.
In their last fiscal year 2017 / 2018 (ended in March 2018) they even sold 7.7 million instax cameras!
That is even more than DSLR sales in the same period!
For the current fiscal year they plan to sell 10 million instax cameras.
If they reach their new sales target instax cameras will be the most successful camera type, surpassing digital compact cameras, DSLRs and DSLMs.
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The 6.6 million was already a year before, in their fiscal year 2016 / 2017.
In their last fiscal year 2017 / 2018 (ended in March 2018) they even sold 7.7 million instax cameras!

Right you are, Skiff! Hard to believe its almost 2019 already!


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