Instax Monochrome Film Review

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Fujifilm have made a few exciting announcements recently including the upcoming launch of the Instax Square and the unveiling of their “Instax Monochrome Film” or “Instax Black and White Film” which was announced during Photokina 2016 and launched in October 2016.

According to Fujifilm, the instax monochrome film is a response to cutomer demands to allow Instax Mini users to expand their artistic potential and bring new fun ways to express themeselves through Instax photography.


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Should I Buy Instax Monochrome Film in Bulk?

Intuitively one would think that buying in bulk would reduce your cost per photo and offer good savings.  However this is not always true as sometimes there are discounts on the smaller 10 shot packs – for example at the time of writing here are the best prices available on Amazon:

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01LZJ004O” locale=”US” tag=”markplummer-20″]Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film (10 Exposures)[/easyazon_link] is reduced from $14.99 ($1.50 per photo) to $9.99 or $1.00 per photo

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01M0E1JFS” locale=”US” tag=”markplummer-20″]Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Monochrome 3-PACK BUNDLE SET (30 exposures)[/easyazon_link] is $36.00 or $1.20 per photo

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01LWT73IL” locale=”US” tag=”markplummer-20″]Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Monochrome 4-PACK BUNDLE SET (40 exposures)[/easyazon_link] is $45.00 or $1.13 per photo

So, if you are asking “should i buy instax monochrome film in bulk?” the simple answer is you should check at the time of your purchase for the best deals on Amazon and calculate which bulk size will give you the lowest cost per photo.  In the example above, the cheapest option would be to purchase the 10 exposures film option.

Shooting with Instax Monochrome Film

I really love the photos that the Instax monochrome film produces, particularly when capturing landscape or scenery.  Fuji recommends the black and white film for artistic, street and fashion photography.

Fuji Instax Monochrome Film

Fujifilm Instax Black and White Film

Fuji Instax Mini Monochrome Process

If you are a keen photographer then you may be interested to know a little more on the technical details on how the Fujifilm Instax Monochrome film produces black and white photos.

Interestingly, the Fuji Instax Monochrome film does not use the traditional black and white photography process (i.e. silver to produce black and white colour of the photo paper to produce white).  Instead it uses dyes to produce the black color.

When the film is exposed silver is converted to a negative image like normal, but the dyes are activated differently. The dyes of unexposed layers are sent to the image layer in the development process. Since the dyes are locked when the appropriate layer is exposed and only travel to the image layer when unexposed this creates a positive image on the image layer, a reflective layer is then created behind the image layer preventing you from viewing the photo sensitive layers hiding the negative image.

You can find out more details on this here.

Should I Buy Fuji Instax Monochrome Film?

Shooting with your Instax Mini camera is a blast and the added option of being able to shoot with black and white Instax monochrome film adds more fun and creativity to the process so yes we recommend you buy a pack and test it out for yourself.   Be sure to let us know how you get on in the comments below!

For the ultimate Instax Mini Film collection check out this 3 pack bundle which give 10 color exposures, 10 monochrome exposures AND 10 black frame exposures.

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