Mary Avenue Bridge With Instax Wide 300

After my brief experience with the Instax Mini(since given to my daughter), I decided to get myself an Instax Wide 300. I got one off of Ebay for a great price, had to effect some repairs, but love shooting with this chunky camera.

Photograph of the Mary Avenue Bridge in Cupertino using Instax Wide 300 with Instax Wide Color film. (Horizontal)

The Instax Wide 300 makes compositions a bit easer. However, it’s still not anywhere close to what I would call a “rangefinder” and it is definitely downright primitive compared to most DSLR and mirrorless digital cameras.

You’ll notice that black slash in the photograph. That is due to a hair that was present in the camera when I loaded the film. So it ends up casting a shadow in every exposure. *sigh*

Photograph of the Mary Avenue Bridge in Cupertino using Instax Wide 300 with Instax Wide Color film. (Vertical)

The clarity and sharpness will definitely not impress anyone used to digital photography or really any SLR/DSLR/mirrorless manufactured in the last two decades. This isn’t surprising considering two factors:

  • Plastic molded lenses
  • Fixed focus relying on a tiny aperture
  • Film plane setup is almost entirely plastic

Both the Instax Mini and the Instax Wide are both made from plastics which have a good deal of give and flex. Engineering plastic this stuff is not.

View of the Instax Wide 300 camera from the front.

Here, I have an Instax Wide 300 partially disassembled for my next writeup about how I’ll be making some mods.

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