Improvement with practice
I am having a hell of a time learning to focus this Polaroid 210. The scale in the viewfinder is in feet, which is apparently difficult for me to figure out, but you wouldn’t think so since I live in the US and everything here uses feet and miles. I had finally learned to focus the Holga, but now I have to figure out a whole new camera and it’s frustrating. I suppose that the good thing is that I can get feedback right away. With the Holga, I just focused and hoped that when I finally developed the roll everything would be happy. Then again, maybe it’s better to not get the feedback right away. With the Pola210 I feel frustrated more often than with the Holga. Lemme ‘splain…
The nice thing about the Holga is that I can focus and shoot and not worry if each and every shot came out. I just have to wait until the roll is done and I’m totally ok with that. With the Pola210, I get to see how each and every shot came out right after I take it and, on average, I’m displeased with the shots more often than not.
And then there is also the dust issue, which is driving me absolutely batty! After you peel the instant film apart, you have to wait a little bit for the coating on the photo to dry. Usually it’s all very straightfoward and you simply lay it on a table or something to let it dry, and hopefully nothing will fall on it while it does. I have not had the best luck with this. I tend to shoot the Pola outdoors and the photos are getting blown in the wind and a bit dusty looking. I tried sandwiching it in my notebook, but the paper in there always puts a bit of dust on it too. Right now I’m going to try using a topper of waxed paper to see if it prevents sticking, dust, etc. Yeah. Annoying.
Even with all these problems, I am really enjoying instant film. It’s fun to shoot colour again!