Instax Backs for Medium Format Cameras

Instax. Medium Format. Awesome.

Backs for Medium Format Cameras. I hope. While we’re still in the “infancy” stage, things are looking good. Me? Well, I’m technically deficient. I just want the ‘crap’ to work. All crap. Lights, triggers, cameras,…whatever. I’ve never disassembled any photographic stuff, and have no plans to do so in the near future. (or far future) So, I’m especially thankful for the people who have an inclination for tackling such issues.

 

Instax Backs for Medium Format
Blankensmith & Cohen

 

That Said…

I see two processors that look particularly interesting. The Rezivot Instant Film Back for both wide and square Fuji Instax on Kickstarter, and the seemingly DIY project being tackled by Isaac Blankensmith and friends.

 

Instax Backs for Medium Format
Blankensmith & Cohen

 

While one may look a bit more “professionally” developed, I’ve been fooled before. So I wouldn’t count out Blankensmith’s seemingly “Frankenstein” iteration just yet. Kind of like the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’. Either way, I love both these groups. Why? Because it’s just what we need. And anyway, I was never enamored with the Hassy ‘Polaroid’ back. Film was expensive, major parts of the film were black, (the film circle was small considering exposure area), and you had to wait a while for image to actually develop. (well, a lot longer than Instax)

I actually like Instax. And I liked the old Polaroid. I like,….but don’t LOVE,…the Impossible/Polaroid film. It’s like a fine wine. Very subjective. The colors are different from the original film, (like Andy Warhol/ Edo Bertoglio era), and I actually prefer Fuji’s Instax color palette. But, as I said, that’s a very subjective opinion.

 

Instax Backs for Medium Format
Blankensmith & Cohen

 

The More, The Better

Isaac Blankensmith and photographer buddy, Eddie Cohen, have ingeniously merged a Hasselblad 500C/M to a FujiFilm Instax 9 with some apparent success. In a weekend!! Basically, they took apart each camera and, cutting a few extra pieces, they’ve managed to approach a nearly successful hybrid. (back) No more being forced to employ Fuji “Barbie” cameras. And Rezivot seems even farther along. Although I’m always suspect of 3D printing prototypes, (guess I’m just a hands-on guy), the project is very impressive, to say the least.

 

Instax Backs for Medium Format
Rezivot and various cameras

 

Where’s Fuji?

has long since become a bottom line company. Sadly, so has Nikon, Canon and others. To all the ‘fanboys’ out there,…including myself,…those days of companies adhering to a higher calling are long gone. If sizable markets are not guaranteed through their stupid focus groups,….they ain’t going to make it. With companies that size, just the red tape to get a new project off the ground makes it an instant, (pun intended), loser. I think the last time Nikon assigned a dozen engineers to such a project was the FM3a.

 

Instax Backs for Medium Format

Instax Backs for Medium Format

 

So, keep a close eye on both projects. The days of awesome glass taking Instax pictures may be closer than we think. And LightStalker now has another. But for Hasselblad only, and works a bit differently.

 

 

 

 

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I see that LightStalker killed the project. It’s too bad, I would’ve like to see them succeed but this type of stuff is not cheap. Sucks.

  2. Rezivot Instant Film Processor Kickstarter program also did not reach their goal. However, it was limited to the Hasselblad. Out of the $230,000 goal, they only raised $57,457. Oh, well, nice try. Personally, I just use a digital camera to make a “test Polaroid”. So I can actually understand the lack of enthusiasm. But it would have been cool anyway. 😢

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