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Old 06-04-2015   #1
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A new TLR!

Just ordered a new TLR that creates an instant print.



Check it out here: https://www.mint-camera.com/TL70/preorder

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WBvFzkjegc

This does not replace a Rolleiflex. As I already have the 2.8F, Tele, and Wide Angle Rollei's , this one seems perfect for strolling around for fun, interacting with others at events and handing out photos. It's near perfect for what it was intended to do: a combination of retro-looks, compact size, versatility (ability to focus, control depth of field, and has a flash), and the resultant image quality is well matched to the given size of the instant photo. What is seems best suited for is social interactive photography - taking photos of friends or people at events and being able to immediately give them the gift of a pocket sized photograph. This camera is all about the interaction with people. I do event photography from November through March and I'll be using this camera a lot.
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Old 06-04-2015   #2
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you could take a rollei along, hand out the pic made by this one and keep the neg in the rollei
Otherwise, you'd hand out all the prints and you end up with lots of fame and nothing else...
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Old 06-05-2015   #3
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I've seen this before. I think it's a really neat idea.

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Old 06-05-2015   #4
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Looks like a very well thought out thing. I'd like to see some real pictures from it.
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Old 06-08-2015   #5
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Looks like a very well thought out thing. I'd like to see some real pictures from it.
There are some examples on the homepage. Toy camera quality, so it's not for everyone.
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Old 06-08-2015   #6
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Being analogue is a good thing for us film users, i have an instax and it is fun to hand out a photo with in minutes. Good for parties etc.
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Old 06-08-2015   #7
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Not sure how well it will sell. It does something that a cheaper camera does it better. It is nice to see new ideas emerging for film, but I am not sure what this is worth.
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Old 06-08-2015   #8
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Clever idea and about a 6x9. I wonder about the lens, and worry about film availability and cost. But as I said, a clever idea. Who knows, if it catches on, perhaps they'll decide to put a better lens on a model, and the film cost could come down too.

But myself, I'll stick with my Zeiss Ikon 6x9 folder.

Thanks for the URL and info.
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It looks fun, plain and simple fun. Kind of what one part of photography should be about.

Thanks for sharing.

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I would be happier if they make it to work with cheaper 3.25x4.25" packfilm instead of the SX-70 film. Or the Fuji Instax film...
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Not sure how well it will sell. It does something that a cheaper camera does it better. It is nice to see new ideas emerging for film, but I am not sure what this is worth.
The big advantage of this camera will be subject isolation:

  • Wide F5.6 aperture. By comparison, the Fuji Instax Mini 90 has a fixed F12.7 aperture.
  • The ability to actually focus the camera on the subject. (all other Fuji instant cameras are scale focus only)
  • Close focusing ability down to 19"
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6x9? No, that's plain wrong for a TLR
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Old 06-09-2015   #13
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6x9? No, that's plain wrong for a TLR
Hey it worked out (or not) before!
http://thecameracollector.skynetblog...a-8000500.html
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Old 06-10-2015   #14
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As a lover of cameras and of TLRs in particular, I tried my best to watch the video of that dreadful presentation. But I found myself losing the will to live after a short while. Did anybody make it through to the end? Did anybody discover what they thought was so amazing about combining a 100 year old idea with a 70 year old idea and coming up with a product which completely misses the best features of both?
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Old 06-28-2015   #15
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The pre-orders are almost all gone. When it arrives, will post samples here.
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How cute! I like to see that the owner of the company is so passionate in the video. This may be a perfect birthday present for my daughter.
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I would be happier if they make it to work with cheaper 3.25x4.25" packfilm instead of the SX-70 film. Or the Fuji Instax film...

From the website:

"What kind of instant films work with TL70?
TL70 works with instant film (54(W) x 86(H) mm (credit card size). You can find it easily online or at stores."

From me: I measured my Instax Mini images and that is Instax Mini sized.

So, it uses Instax Mini film!
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Old 07-07-2015   #18
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Maybe if this is successful, they are going to build one that uses the larger Instax film.
I'm surprised this is not more popular.
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This company is creative and innovative. This could possibly increase interest of the instant film genre.
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Got an update from Mint on Friday:



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I really find this cam highly interesting. But I still struggle to justify another instant photo camera.
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I saw that. Its a big hit with our current generation that did not grow up with film. I have a niece in her 20s and she loves her refurbished SX-70 camera. She was very excited when she found out about the Impossible Project.

With the availability of instant film she keeps a supply on hand. She's lost more photos than she cares to remember due to HD crash and lost cell phones.

It may not be something the crowd over 35 may buy. The current crop of kids like it and that's the inventors market.
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Still wondering what film it uses. It looks like Instax Mini but they link to Impossible and because of the name it looks like SX-70 film.
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It uses Instax mini films.
Credit card size.
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Did anyone here actually get one of these? If so, having shot a bit of Instax mini, I know you can't exactly expect the moon, but are the results anything to write home about?
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I second that ^
would love to see some examples if anybody picked up one of these early!
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I have seen and played with this camera in Melbourne.

Placed then side by side, the main body housing is the same dimension as my 2.8E.

The focus screen looks very similar from Rick Oleson's screen, to use it indoor is not advisable as is very dim and quite difficult to focus.

I'll post up some samples when i go back to the for a visit next time.
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Lot of samples here - seems to be Holga quality....

https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=Instantflex

....but if you would replace the lens, it could be a lot better.....
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