Instax SP-1 frustrations

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DogShot Contributing Member • Posts: 606
Instax SP-1 frustrations

I gave this to my daughter a couple of years ago, thinking she would love it for her iPod pics. She stopped using it after a little while, so I adopted it; and I just can't get a decent photo from it. The internet is full of praise for this thing, but mine appears to have 0 dynamic range. Skin is always completely blown out, and if I reduce exposure, everything else is completely black.

I have attached two photos as examples. First, the photos as they came from the X-T20: I sent them to my phone and then uploaded to DPR from Photos. The iPhone pic is of the two Instax prints that came directly from the X-T20 to the SP-1.

Any suggestions? At first I thought maybe my film was expired, so I got a new batch and printed these photos immediately after opening the package. User error? Defective unit? Unrealistic expectations? I would just like some prints from this thing that aren't ugly.

Fujifilm X-T20
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