How much does Polaroid film cost? Is it pricey? That's the only thing that's stopping my yearn for lovely photos and it makes me sad.@Anonymous
I do have a Polaroid 600 One Classic, but for my instant photography I don’t use a Polaroid. I use a Fujifilm Instax Mini (8), for the very simple reason that it costs less.
If you’re looking for specific Polaroid film, the best place to go is The Impossible Project. It was founded in 2008 by ten ex-Polaroid employees who bought the last factory, and they remade the film from scratch to keep old Polaroid cameras from becoming obsolete and saving analog instant photography from extinction. It’s very cool. For my Polaroid 600 One Classic (which I bought from a local antique store for £15) a single pack of colour film is £17.00 for eight exposures - approximately £2.13 a shot. It’s pricey, but it’s real.
That’s fine if you don’t mind the price, but you’re looking for instant photography for less. Fujifilm have been making their own brand of instant still cameras since the late 1990’s called “Instax”, which have their own brand of film. For many of the models, they still produce the film and it’s relatively cheap. The newest model of Instax is the Instax Mini 90 and it’s very kitted-out, but prices usually range from over £100. I have a much earlier Instax Mini 8 (2003) that works just fine. It’s older, but it still looks and works like an absolute dream. Mine cost just shy of £50 from Amazon, but I’m sure that some bargain hunting might reveal an even cheaper price.
It takes a bit of hunting to find the cheapest price of film. Film for Instax Mini 7s/8 cameras producers pictures that are about the size of an average business card and comes in packs of ten exposures (in a cartridge that goes straight into the camera and stays there, which is not at all fiddly!). The cheapest I found recently (for the UK) was at eCrater for £7.18 - approximately 70p a shot. Not bad?
I think it’s worth it. I love my instant photographs and I look at them a lot - most recently my boyfriend even has one of me, that he keeps with him (he lives a while away). As The Impossible Project team say, keeping Polaroids and similar cameras going “changes the world of photography and keeps variety, tangibility and analogue creativity and possibilities alive”.