Bling and Share

The Fuji grew some bling

The Fuji grew some bling

A vented lens hood, a Thumbs-up thumb rest and a red soft release. Trying to improve the Fujifilm X100F here. The lens hood is an optical improvement, no question, and, being vented and tapered, doesn’t impinge on the optical viewfinder image so much. The other two need more explanation. The Thumbs-up thumb rest slides into the flash accessory shoe and imitates the end of a film advance lever. A bit of an anachronism on a digital rangefinder camera, but a good place to hook your thumb behind. Helps in holding the camera single-handedly.

Like so!

Like so!

The soft release is a button that screws into the thread on top of the camera’s shutter release button. It is not soft at all, but aluminium with a hard edge. You put your index finger’s first joint on that hard edge (not the tip of the finger like I do in the photo above!). With it, you gain much more control over the moment of shutter release and don’t shake the camera that much. They come in a variety of colors but I chose a red one. Why should the videographers have all the red release buttons?

Anyway, for those who have followed me this far into this post, here’s something more substantial.

I got a Fujifilm instax Share SP-2 printer.

I got a Fujifilm instax Share SP-2 printer.

It connects to a smartphone app via Bluetooth (or directly to a Fujifilm camera, making this a remote Polaroid session…) and prints on Fujifilm Mini instant film sheets.

Those instant film sheets are dainty and cute but not cheap.

Those instant film sheets are dainty and cute but not cheap.

Give them time, and their colors turn out well with a punchy Polaroid palette. I really enjoyed printing out the best recent photos and will make them into little add-on Christmas presents.

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