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Instant Pleasure – Polaroid Land 250

My first instant memory; I am 2 years old, it’s my birthday, all my loved ones are here and granny pulls out this strange looking camera I’ve never seen before out of her bag, all excited about her new purchase she hand it to my dad asking him to take a family portrait just before I blow the candles.

28 years later, two loved ones from this photo are no longer alive, and as for me… I inherited that same camera and took about one million polaroids with it between the years 2003-2008 until polaroid sadly stopped the 600 film production.

It’s hard not to fall in love with instant photography, and since 2008 I’ve been trying to recreate the feeling I used to get whenever I shot with my beloved Sun 360… I tried a couple of “new school” 600 film packs from The Impossible Project, but it just wasn’t the same for me… so I let it go and stopped shooting instant for a very long time.
That was, until I discovered the magical Type 100 Film. being a die hard Fuji fan, I got my hands on a few cheap, plastic made Polaroid Land cameras and started playing around with them. I liked it. A LOT.
unfortunately, my 4 Land cameras never quite satisfied me quality wise… they were, to I put it nicely, complete and utter SHITE.

Back in August, I came across an article who knocked me off my chair – a decently made Land cameras actually exist, oh joy! I got all excited over shooting instant again and knew I have to get me one of these cleverly built machines.
A little research and I came up with the perfect camera to satisfy my instant needs – the Polaroid Land 250! much cheaper than my dream camera, the 180 (oh well, sometimes you have to compromise) but still rocking a Zeiss Ikon rangefinder and other awesome specs. I had to import it from ‘Merica cuz them filthy brits doesn’t have them round here, so two weeks and minus 150$ later that babe was sitting nicely on my lap.
After a few mechanical tweaks we were ready to hit the road, and ever since than I’m a happy snapper.
she’s all I wanted and more, that feeling is starting to come back and as for the pictures, well, they look fucking amazing compare to every other instant camera I was shooting with in the past, sharp and focused!

There’s one more thing I have to get my hands on before my instant kit will be complete and that is the Polaroid 581A portrait lens, which unfortunately you can only get on eBay, there’s a very limited amount of them up for grabs, and they’re all located in the US/AU, which make things a bit harder for me… but that’s the life of a camera nerd I guess! so I’m currently hunting for the right deal because the current 114mm lens is pretty restricting (but still, highly enjoyable)

Here are some Polaroids I took recently:







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44 Comments

  • December 6, 2013 at 10:02
    Baldoph

    Hey, I was wondering how do you store your peeled negatives before bleaching them? They are so gooey! Does the “white glue” have to dry before bleaching? My dried negatives (who have been stored in a plastic to dry) were touching each other and it seems it wasn’t good for them (the colours seem to have “melted”). thanks for your insights!

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    • December 7, 2013 at 10:31

      You have to let them dry in the open air for at least a couple hours before you attempt bleaching, if you store them in a plastic they will dry eventually but it will take up to several days because they can’t “breath” in there….. after they dry you cut the edges of the negative where the “white glue” is present and proceed to bleaching :)

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      • December 20, 2013 at 16:21
        Baldoph

        It worked like a charm. Thank you!!

  • December 5, 2013 at 20:19

    happiness

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  • November 26, 2013 at 14:42

    Looks like fun

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  • November 25, 2013 at 17:49

    Wow, amazing!

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  • November 24, 2013 at 19:09

    Came by your photo stream via "Shoot Film" blog. I just wanted to say how brilliant your photographs were. It’s a pleasure to look through them. Thank you. A

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  • November 19, 2013 at 17:04

    Seen in: I [still] shoot FILM group

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  • November 19, 2013 at 15:58

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveelmore] Cheers :)

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  • November 19, 2013 at 15:27

    Cool blog. Thanks for the link. I just ordered film for my Polaroid 420.

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  • November 19, 2013 at 12:29

    treasures!

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  • November 19, 2013 at 09:28
    Baldoph

    Also, I’m currently in the States, and will be in London early January, so I can help if getting you a Close-up / Portrait lens ;)

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    • November 19, 2013 at 21:45

      Thanks a bunch for the offer, but I literally just got my hands on a portrait lens earlier today! Stoked :)

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      • November 20, 2013 at 02:56
        Baldoph

        Awesome! Can’t wait to see it in action.

  • November 19, 2013 at 06:15
    Baldoph

    That’s it. Your article just just made me buy a Polaroid Land 250 and some polaroid film myself. Your polaroids are so beautiful and vivid.

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    • November 19, 2013 at 07:47

      heheheh done my good deed for the day ;)

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  • November 18, 2013 at 21:06

    this is a good house-style!

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  • November 18, 2013 at 18:21

    so many memories, how fun :)

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  • November 18, 2013 at 18:15
    Karina Birli

    Your mommy looks just like you! :)

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  • November 18, 2013 at 17:16

    Wow that’s a lot of them :-)

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  • November 18, 2013 at 16:36

    Treasure!!!

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  • November 13, 2013 at 11:52

    <3

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  • November 6, 2013 at 21:18

    Great :D

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  • November 2, 2013 at 09:09

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/vera-ada] Thanks! :)

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  • November 2, 2013 at 01:41

    Love this.

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  • November 1, 2013 at 23:18

    This is so cool

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  • November 1, 2013 at 09:43

    Far out. Possibly one of my favourite photos of yours ever.
    Those delicious autumn colours, not to mention the flowing lines in the trunk… wow! So beautiful.

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  • November 1, 2013 at 09:15

    Waho. Good collection

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  • October 31, 2013 at 16:48

    o h m y g o d

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  • October 31, 2013 at 16:02

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/333bracket] me, too!

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  • October 31, 2013 at 15:57

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/70008812@N00] especially imaginary, I have so many! *crazy laugh*

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  • October 31, 2013 at 15:54

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/70008812@N00] ‘s funny cuz ‘s true ;)

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  • October 31, 2013 at 15:50

    one cannot have too many friends:)

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  • October 31, 2013 at 15:49

    YUM
    (that’s a funny title, by the way)

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  • October 16, 2013 at 17:28

    and talented and beautiful and sweet and possessed of a keen sense of composition.
    you rock.

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  • October 15, 2013 at 14:20

    DAT JUMPER.
    Sweet shot :)

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  • October 15, 2013 at 11:22

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/photoclive] right? I know.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/melissamethamops] heheh np sweetcheeks xo

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  • October 14, 2013 at 23:26

    J’adore.

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  • October 14, 2013 at 21:53

    this picture takes me back and there is no way for me to explain it so instead I will just thank you for the memory :)

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  • October 14, 2013 at 20:23

    Jumper, yes.

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  • October 14, 2013 at 13:51

    look at that face! <3 love it.

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  • October 13, 2013 at 20:05

    I love it:)

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  • October 13, 2013 at 19:22

    This dog steals the show.

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  • October 13, 2013 at 18:20

    Superb image!

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