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JPEG Weekly - Entry No. 6 by James Posilero

I am so excited!!!!

“Hold on James! This entry is late! Again! For the second time! What’s to be excited about???”

Let me explain.

This entry is late for good reason because last week I bought my first ever film camera, a Pentax K1000, and I have been using it non-stop over my Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T3. My first film of choice is the Fujicolor C200 because it was cheap and probably the most inexpensive option to test the camera.

Pentax K1000 on the day of purchase with 3 rolls of Fujicolor C200

Pentax K1000 on the day of purchase with 3 rolls of Fujicolor C200

Pentax K1000 with my very first used roll of film

Pentax K1000 with my very first used roll of film

I will write separately about my experiences with the Pentax K1000 after a couple more rolls and really take it through its paces. I can tell you one thing… it is quite liberating shooting film.

I quickly finished a roll of 36 exposures and after a couple of days in my favourite lab - Fitzgerald Photo - here in Perth, I collected the negatives, proof and scans today.

You can find FItzgerald Photo here.

Negatives and proof courtesy of Fitzgerald Photo

Negatives and proof courtesy of Fitzgerald Photo

Anyway, this is about the photos so here they are! There are certainly mistakes but that’s to be expected. I personally love the imperfections.

Please enjoy them as much as I did taking them.

And my personal favourite is this image of my beautiful wife.

I think it’s safe to say that, moving forward, I will now be adding film into my repertoire.

Thank you as always.

James

How the Fujifilm Instax changed my view of photography by James Posilero

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 (yes…. it’s pink)

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 (yes…. it’s pink)

Discalimer: Fujifilm has not influenced this article in any way, shape or form. The opinions here are mine and mine alone.

Now that’s out of the way, yes the camera is pink :) That’s because it is my wife’s who was gifted with the camera on her birthday. We played with it for a couple of days and then the inevitable happened… it was put away… out of sight… out of mind.

See, I was born in the 80’s and film was all we had back then. To view the photos, we had no choice but to have them printed and with the advent of the digital age, we somehow lost that… the final product… THE PRINT.

Some of you may argue with me but yes, the print is the culmination of a photo whether borne from film or digital file. Then again, that’s just me and each to their own.

We’ve had the Instax for 2 years and during that time I have been engaged with my first Fujifilm camera, the X100s. Eventually sold that to fund a used XT-1 and just recently upgraded to the XT-3, a subject for another day.

All this time, I have never really printed any of my photos and a couple of weeks ago I found the Instax inside my wife’s bedside table. From that moment we made a decision to use it more regularly especially having 100 films waiting to be used. There is definitely something gratifying about a photo instantly printed and tactile.

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I found the prints very nostalgic and have since made printing a focus. As we speak, I have two images from the XT-1 currently in a professional lab being printed in fine art paper and I am quite excited about it. Never have I printed anything beyond a 5”x7” & 8”x10” (once) and both these images are being printed in A3 size.

I will forever be thankful to the humble (pink) Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 for it opened up my photographic horizons. If there is one thing you can take away from reading this, I hope it’s that you start printing your photos too. Together let’s bring back the good old days.

Thanks for reading as always.

All the best,

James

Fujfilm Instax Mini 8

Fujfilm Instax Mini 8