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instax 200 hack

I was bugged by the fully-automatic controls of the Instax. Trying out a Fuji Instax 200 with the guts and lens removed. It's fully manual : you put the film in, cover the light seals with electrical tape. To take a photo, you either cover and uncover the pinhole lens, or use the shutter from the Seagull 6x6 TLR lens. The advantage of the Seagull is that it has an adjustable aperture from f/3.5-22, with speeds from 1/300, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1" and Bulb. The pinhole [Loreo "Lens in a Cap"] has apertures of f/5.6-f/64.

 

The first shot was taken at f/5.6, a quick guess of exposure by flicking the tape on and off -- it was around 1:00PM, so quite bright. The second was at f/5.6, 1/2 second approximation without light meters or anything -- I just guessed, covering the lens opening with my finger.

 

The lens gets really sharp at f/64.

 

I need to find a reliable shutter cocking mechanism for the Segull lens, as I currently only use that during night time in a dark enviroment -- I have to take the lens off the body in order to cock it.

 

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The first is blue because of daylight lighting.

The second is red because of incandescent lighting.

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Taken on June 1, 2008