I admit it, I splurged recently….on a Fujifilm SP-2 polaroid printer.
Electronics are not really in my repertoire of things to buy, but after I found out that Fujifilm (the same company that makes Josh’s awesome camera) had come out with a Polaroid printer, I was intrigued.
Turns out, there are already three generations of these printers, SP-1, SP-2 and SP-3. From my understanding, the SP-2 was a faster, more up to date version of the SP-1. While the SP-3, which was released recently, prints larger Polaroids. The SP-3 looked really nice, but the printer was a bit more expensive, as well as the film that it uses. So I decided on an SP-2 printer, since it was more up to date, that uses the same film as the Instax cameras (very common).
1) I am a little bit of a perfectionist…
Maybe a few of you can relate, but only taking one photo to capture the perfect moment would probably drive me crazy. And, to top it off, it might not come out right. Let’s say the film is damaged, you moved too soon and it’s blurry, or there was too much or too little light. All of these factors can ruin a picture.
The SP-2 connects directly, via its own wifi signal, to your phone and you select the photo you want to print out. In the free app, you can also decide which direction you want to photo to print (vertical or horizontal), you can add a filter, or even add some cute banners to the photo! Want your friend to have the same Polaroid photo for safe keeping? Just hit reprint!
2) I don’t have to carry another device around with me…
Before Josh and I go somewhere, we always have the debate, “Should we bring the camera?” Josh has a Fujifilm X-T20, which captures some amazing photos. So if it came down to, should we bring the Polaroid camera or the super nice camera, we would obviously choose Josh’s. And who wants to carry around 2 cameras?
3) I don’t lose pictures that I adore…
If you have a Polaroid camera, every photo you take doesn’t have a backup. So let’s say you take a photo you love? What if you lose it? What if it gets damaged?
By have a printer, I will always have those photos backed up on the camera or on my phone. I have Polaroids, taken from a friends camera, from when I first moved out to San Francisco. I love those photos, they are a great reminder of such a monumental step I took. But they are slowly fading and I don’t have a way to keep them alive!
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