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X-Pro 2 Marks the Spot

I’ve returned to Team Fuji. No, I haven’t abandoned Olympus–I remain firmly in the micro-four thirds camp with Oly as my preferred addiction but I had to take a look at the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 as another option in my digital arsenal and I’m having fun with it as I become reacquainted with the Fuji

My Polaroid Civil War

I have too many Polaroid cameras. And I need to get rid of some. It’s not that I don’t like any of the cameras that I have, it’s just a matter of having more than I can practically shoot with at any point in time and the film that I purchase at considerable expense

What I’ve Learned After a Year of Taking a Polaroid a Day

When I opened a Polaroid SX70 as a Christmas gift from my wife last year and began my 365 day challenge last year to take one Polaroid picture a day, I didn’t realize how quickly time would pass nor did I have a true appreciation of the task at hand. It’s been a great

The Doctor Is In: HoldFast Roamagrapher

Papa’s got a brand new bag. This is the HoldFast Roamagrapher; this smaller version of the larger original bag is also made from American Bison leather by an excellent company led by Matthew Swaggart in Oklahoma. This is my go to carrrying case for my favorite instant film gear. It has become home to my Instantflex TL70 2.0,

A Hard Head Makes for Soft Pictures

As I have continued my Polaroid-a-day project for the last 325 days with a success rate 30 to 50% (meaning out of every three to four pictures I take, I might get one or two that I really like with the others being way too soft or under/over exposed) the thing that has led

My Instant Photography Traveling Studio: Fuji X70 and SP-2

With the firmware update for the Fuji Instax SP-2 printer allowing direct printing from the Fuji X70 digital camera to the printer, these brand mates have become my instant photography traveling studio because they are the perfect partners in crime. The X70 is small and stealthy while offering photo quality equivalent to and surpassing

On My Way to 1,000 Polaroids in 2016

I’ve taken over 720 Polaroid pictures since the beginning of the year with about a 33% success rate on photos that I’ve been happy to share in my #iceman365 #polaroidaday project. Another 33% are probably ok but a bit blurry or the exposure wasn’t what I wanted. The last third are mistakes, unintended button

Too Many Polaroids, Too Little Time

I’m taking stock of my Polaroid camera collection and it’s time to make some decisions about whether I have too many cameras and if so, which ones should I eliminate from my collection and convert into cash for film to continue to feed the instant addiction. This is my current line-up of eleven integral

The Polaroid SX-70: My Favorite Instant Camera

Of all the instant cameras I’ve owned or purchased, none have served me better than the SX-70, the integral film camera that became an instant icon and sounded the clarion call for a new format of photography encompassing a wide range of styles from everyday to artistic. The look, the mechanics, the optics, and

A First Weekend Review of the Impossible I-1

I ordered my I-1 on May 9, 2016 and received it on May 13, 2016. the packaging was phenomenal and some have debated whether the fancy packaging further affirms their position that the price point for the camera is just too high at $300. It is an expensive camera for technology that has been