Category Archives: 600-Type Impossible Film

Come On Barbie, Let’s Go Party

My 13-year old loves to tease me about using the Barbie camera. When I pull it out of my camera bag, his reaction is a combination of silliness and flamboyance, “Are you shooting with your [high pitched voice] Barbie camera today?”

Barbie Instant Camera (1998)
The Barbie Instant Camera was made in the United Kingdom by Polaroid in 1998. Next to the Tasmanian Devil and Spice Girls camera, it’s one of the more collectible Polaroid cameras made in the 1990’s. Originally, the Barbie Instant Camera came packaged with flower stickers so you could decorate the camera, or your photos. The camera features a pink, purple and lime green plastic body and uses Polaroid (Impossible Project) 600 film. At the time of the release, Polaroid manufactured a matching Barbie-framed instant film. The film matched the flowers on the camera and could be drawn on with a purple magic marker. The plastic lens is 116mm, f/11 single element. The camera also has a close-up lens for shots .6 – 1.2m (2 – 4 feet) that slides out in front the main lens and viewfinder. Exposure is automatic and the shutter speed is about ¼ – 1/200 of a second. Like other plastic body instant cameras made by Polaroid during this period, it has a built-in electronic flash than you can override with the shutter button.

A more difficult camera to write a serious review about than to actually use. Compared to some of the other Polaroid 600 Instant Film cameras I own, the Barbie camera works the best. Probably because it was manufactured more recently. To test the camera, I shot with Impossible Project Black & White, Black Framed, 600 Instant Film. This is some of IP’s first generation film, and had expired two years ago. Even though the film was refrigerated, this is what I expected from gen-1 film. Will I use this camera again? Of course, because it gives me an opportunity to embarrass my son in a crowd of people! When I open the camera, people can’t help but smile and laugh because it’s not often you see a 45-year old man packing around a pink and green Barbie camera.

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Instant Film Photographer

If you have someone on your gift list this year who loves instant photography, or is just getting started, here are some great ideas. These range from Impossible Project Film, Fujifilm for old Land Cameras, and some books. I have a review of the Fujifilm Instax SP-1 Smartphone Printer coming up in a few weeks, but I found a good kit deal on Amazon and wanted to share it now.

For Polaroid One Step (600 Series Film) Photographers:

Impossible Color Instant Film (Color Frames Edition) for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras

Impossible Black & White Instant Film (Hardcolor Edition) for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras

Impossible Black & White Instant Film (Round Frame Edition) for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras

Impossible Black & White Instant Film (Silver Frame Edition) for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras

Impossible Black & White Instant Film (Black Frame) for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras

For Polaroid SX-70 (SX-70 Series Film) Photographers:

Impossible Color Instant Film for Polaroid SX-70 Cameras

Impossible Black & White Instant Film for Polaroid SX-70 Cameras

Impossible Color Instant Film (Lulu Guinness Edition) for Polaroid SX-70 Cameras

For old school Polaroid Land Camera (Models 100 through 400) photographers:

Fujifilm FP-100C Professional Color Film

Fujifilm FP-3000B Professional Black & White Film

Land Camera Battery: Exell 4.5V Alkaline Battery

For Fuji Instax Mini Photographers:

 Fujifilm Instax Mini – Twin Film Pack

Best Deal: Fujifilm Instax SHARE SP-1 Instant Film Smartphone Printer (White) with 20 Color Prints, 2 Batteries, Digital Camera Kit

Movies:

 Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film

Books:

Instant: The Story of Polaroid

Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids

Polaroid Land Photography by Ansel Adams & Robert Baker

The Polaroid Book (Taschen’s 25th Anniversary Special Editions)

The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation

Photographer’s Guide to Polaroid Transfer: Step-By-Step