What do you do if you want a camera that has the quality and gorgeous depth of field of medium format with the immediacy and fun of an instant? Well, if you're a hardware interaction designer, you take the front half of a Hasselblad 500C/M and attach it to the back half of a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9.
Designer Isaac Blankensmith has given new meaning to the concept of a hybrid camera by harvesting the front of a Hasselblad 500C/M and the rear of a FujiFilm Instax Mini 9, engineering a surreal mongrel that offers the best of both worlds.
As Blankensmith notes, Hasselblad's own Polaroid back was far from ideal, so with photographer friend Eddie Cohen, he spent a weekend seeing if an instant camera could create a better solution. The two-day limit was a deliberate choice to ensure that the project wasn't given too much thought. What's made the final camera particularly successful is that the finished product has not compromised any of the distinctive elements of either camera.
For more photos and details of the process, be sure to check out Blankensmith's website. He'll be putting his new toy to the test over the coming weeks, so find him on Instagram to check out the results.
Blankensmith refers to his hybrid as a "franken-camera," but I think it has to be called the Hasselstax. Or perhaps that should be the Instablad? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
All images courtesy of Isaac Blankensmith.