I just uploaded a new video on my YouTube channel (found here).
I wanted to add some things that didn’t quite make it into the video and share the Instax images, as well as let you in on a couple of behind the scene stuff about making YouTube videos.
If you want the short version, I really enjoyed the LomoGraflok. Shooting instant on 4×5 is just plain old cool- and super fun!
I was getting things wrong!
In the video, I made some factual errors, which I corrected with some overlay text. You might wonder why I didn’t re-film those bits.
I could have, but I ran out of time and steam. This video took way longer to record than I like to admit. I was running out of steam, and I didn’t want to re-shoot scenes – again. On top of that, the article on the Lomography Magazine site will be uploaded on Thursday this week, and I wanted to get my video out before that so it could be included in the article.
I try to keep my videos as honest and accurate as possible, and I try to catch and correct mistakes.
Math is hard
Perhaps the thing that bugs me the most is the fact that I screwed up the math of how much Foma 100 costs vs. Instax Wide. I thought it was a strong enough point that Instax Wide isn’t super cheap; it’s about the same as B&W 4×5 film if you develop it at home. However, checking the prices just before hitting the record button, I accidentally divided the cost of Instax wide by ten. They are usually sold in packs of 2 x 10. Wich made it twice as expensive as I had written down.
If you are curious about how I got the final numbers. As of today (23-11-21).
50 sheets of Foma 100, incl. Vat costs €42.5
(price from retrocamera.be)
Cost per sheet Foma: 42.5 / 50 = €0.96
Jobo alpha developer and fixer, incl. Vat: €37.13
Devloping cost per sheet: 37.13 / 50 = €0.74
Total: 0.96+0.74 = €1.69
The capacity for the developer and fixer is 50 rolls of 135 or 120, according to the specs. One sheet of 4×5 is roughly the same area as one roll of 135 or 120.
Cost of a 2 x 10 pack of Instax Wide (colour), incl. VAT: €13.42
Cost of Instax Wide per sheet: 13.42 / 20 = €1.35
Of course, it’s sometimes possible to stretch developers far beyond the specifications. My old developer, Kodak T-max was able to develop way more images than the specification said. And of course, Fomapan is the cheapest film (in the EU), if you are shooting another film stock the price is completely different.
Enough I want images
I don’t have too much else to add, more than some images. I really liked the look of Instax. It’s contrasty, but it reminds me a lot of slide film.
Have a lovely day!
P.S. I realise all besides one image made it in ti the video. But enjoy!