Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 46
Life of the Party
Insta-fun for the Instagram
generation - and those old
enough to remember the
suspense of a Polaroid.
Hot holiday gift tip: Instant film cameras are
making a comeback. Sharing tangible photos
creates moments of curiosity and anticipation
that snapping shots with your phone and
texting them lacks. The few minutes spent
waiting for the film to develop leaves a gap
that you'll inevitably fill with conversation.
"Plus, with texting, there's the whole odd issue of asking for a semi-stranger's number,"
says Lomography's Katherine Phipps. Here
are four favorites we put to the test.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
The difference between Lomography's
leading instant cameras primarily comes
down to size: The Instant Wide Central
Park (4) is about 50 percent bulkier than
the Automat Glass Magellan (1), but it also
produces sharper and bigger shots - 4.25 x
3.75 inches versus 3.5 x 2 inches. Both
feature automatic flash and auto aperture,
a selfie mirror on the front, and a shutter release built into the lens cap so you can take
a group shot or a long-exposure sunset,
hands free. Color gels and zoom/wide-angle
adapters allow for artistic expression and
whimsy in keeping with Lomo's genre. $179
(Automat Glass Magellan) and $259 (Instant
Wide Central Park); lomography.com.
Versatile controls on the Leica Sofort (2) let
you customize shots, from selfie to action,
closely focused or with a slight zoom. We had
fun with the double-exposure setting, and the
camera wins hands down for ergonomics,
being both easy to hold and natural to shoot
with. In short: This is the instant camera for
the photophile, just as you'd expect from
Leica. $300; us.leica-camera.com.
The Fujifilm Instax Square 10 (3) snaps
square, slightly larger shots than the Lomo
Automat or the Leica Sofort cameras, similar to the original Polaroid format. A rearfacing LCD, rather than a viewfinder, makes
framing as simple as it is with a phone's
camera, and you can apply filters after the
photo is taken to brighten images and make
colors pop. Its built-in memory holds as
many as 50 photos for printing at any time,
and, in a cool twist, you can insert memory
cards from other cameras and print those
shots instantly. $279; fujifilmusa.com.
(PHOTOGRAPHY) CHRIS PLAVIDAL, (STYLING) HEIDI ADAMS