For Christmas this year I ended up making my friend a personalized Fujifilm Instax Kit to go with her new Instax Mini 8 camera. Inside included a bunch of essentials for starting out with an Instax like film, a carrying case and more. This kit is useful for beginners to Instax or even someone who has had it for a long time as these types of things are useful regardless. Now you can buy premade kits from Amazon which are of great saving but sometimes it’s hard to find every element you want and have a fully customized kit but they are worth having a look at. I ended up buying one medium sized kit and keeping some of it for myself and buying additional elements to it to customize it fully for my friend. Below is each piece I thought was worth adding and links on where to find it individually.
An Intro to Holga Macro Lens:
I spent some time last week taking photos of one of my neighbor’s flower pots with my Nikon D7000 and Holga macro lens. I love the combination of the toy camera lens and the quality of my DSLR. The macro lens are suppose to be used with Holga camera but what I do is hold them in front of my Nikon lens and change the distance to over 35. The lens are not the same size and changing the focus distance will remove the bullet eye look – h owever I will show you a few of the bullet eye shots because they are kinda neat. The lens allows me to get a good macro effect without needing an expensive macro lens, as well it can be used on other toy cameras or vintage cameras. I don’t usually use it on my Holga lens because without a proper viewfinder it’s impossible to know what shot you are getting and measuring out the distance and amount of light available is tricky. I simply hold my lens in front manually and haven’t created a harness (perhaps I will do a DIY for that). The only downside is my hands get tired easily and manual focusing is hard to do while holding the lens.
A few weeks ago I got a Diana F+ kind of randomly and while waiting to get more 120mm film, I decided to test out the lens! Last summer I bought a Diana adapter for Nikon because I thought it was like the Holga one and came with the lens so I had it laying around my shelf just waiting for me to finally get a Diana. So a few days after getting my new Diana, I popped the lens on the adapter and attached it to my Nikon DSLR. These shots are a combination of the Diana lens and Holga Close Up lens, I just sat in front of this bush and testing them out so. They looked much more crisp on my camera screen so I was a little disappointed to find how blurry they actually are. But I still love them and cannot wait to experiment more!