I’ve been wanting to buy this camera for some time..but every time I saw the camera in physical reality I was put off by it’s cumbersome size and toy-like appearance. Finally, sick of the tiny prints I was getting from my instax mini, I went ahead and bought it anyway. The conversation as I took it out of the box went something like this:
-That’s not a real camera is it?
-Look at the SIZE of it!
-Are you sure that works?
-It looks like a toy camera you used to have…*cue childhood anecdote*
Though it’s the size of a full frame DSLR the instax wide does feel like a toy – as many instax fans have noted, it feels plasticy and the back and side panel wobble about a bit, though I’ve yet to have anything actually fall off. All in all it feels like a cheap camera – which luckily, it is. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the USA you can find the instax wide on amazon for around $60 – if you’re unlucky like me in Australia you can still find some good buys on ebay, especially when bundled with film. Film itself is around $1 a print (again, it depends where you live) which makes this camera pretty much the same price (or cheaper) as it’s smaller counterparts.
If you want an instant camera and aren’t too vain, this is definitely the go – when the settings are correct the photos are beautiful and crisp with vivid colours. Instax film is tried and tested so you don’t need to worry about fading or dodgy prints.
Of course, the Beast is now available as a part of Clever Fox Polaroid Photography, so if you live in Sydney and you’d like to have some fantastic instant photos at your next event, you can email CleverFoxPhotography@gmail.com or call 0424121812.
Thanks for reading!