Shooting Polaroid Film on the Mamiya RB67

Who doesn't love instant film? Who doesn't love shooting medium format? Using a high quality medium format camera to shoot polaroids is getting the best of both worlds.

In this video brought to you by Jess Hobbs, she uses her Mamiya RB67 to shoot through a couple different kinds of Polaroid film. As one might expect, the results were quite beautiful and definitely very unique compared to what you can get with any Polaroid film on the market. The fact of the matter is that there isn't an instant film camera on the market using the same quality of glass that you get with the Mamiya RB67.

As you may remember, I also got an instant film back for my Mamiya RB67. While I love mine to bits, I must admit that I'm a bit envious of the setup that Hobbs has. When I was on the market for an instant film back, I prioritized Polaroid film but wasn't able to find anything attractive the time. I really wish that more manufacturers would produce instant film backs for all of the modular medium format cameras. What I wouldn't give to be able to shoot Instax Mini on my Mamiya 645 Pro-TL. That'll be the day!

Do you have any experience with retrofitting vintage medium format cameras to shoot modern instant film? What did you think about the results?

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Madison is a mathematician turned statistician based out of Columbus, OH. He fell back in love with film years ago while living in Charleston, SC and hasn't looked back since. In early 2019 he started a website about film photography.

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