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Combining a Hasselblad 500C/M and a Fujifilm Instax 9

Posted On: Oct 9, 2018   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

Combining a Hasselblad 500C/M and a Fujifilm Instax 9

Instant photos are magical. They develop before your eyes. You can share them, gift them, spill water on them, draw on them. The only problem is that most instant cameras are pretty cheap - that's why I've always wanted to hack my medium format camera to take instant photos with shallow depth of field and sharpness.
This project was created in collaboration with Eddie Cohen over the course of one weekend.
Hasselblad made a large Polaroid back for the 500 series to help photographers check their metering and lighting before exposing film. I've played around with one a bit, but the back is pretty bulky, the film is expensive, and the film area is larger than the camera can expose. You're left with an off-center exposure.
We began by taking apart the FujiFilm camera in an attempt to understand how the internal mechanisms work.
If you're going to try taking apart any sort of camera, be careful of the flash capacitor. It stores enough energy to give you a good zap. You can discharge it by shorting the two contact...

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