InstantFlex TL70 2.0 – обновление моментальной камеры

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Review: Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 2.0

The Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 2.0 camera’s biggest upgrade is its brighter viewfinder over the predecessor. This is a proper TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) camera with aperture priority control, exposure compensation, manual focusing, a flash, accessories, and an overall solid build quality. Most importantly for many of us, there are glass elements in the lens. Considering that Instax Mini basically covers a 645 area, this is important.

This can be a tough camera for many of us to learn; but at the same time you’re bound to have fun doing it.

Pros and Cons

  • High build quality
  • Bright viewfinder
  • Fairly intuitive controls
  • Aperture control with Aperture priority metering accordingly
  • Lightweight
  • Fun to tote around
  • A true conversation starter in a world where everyone has a camera
  • Metering can be a bit wonky to work with
  • Magnifier could be easier to work with.

Gear Used

The Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 2.0 was used with Fujifilm Instax Mini film, the Mint Camera ND filters, the lens hood, and the Jolie Laide Traveller Camera Strap.

Tech Specs

Ergonomics

The TL70 2.0 is a camera with a lot of retro-design appeal that’s bound to get you, friends and onlookers very excited. At the front of the camera are the twin lenses: the top one is for focusing while the bottom is for exposure control and exposing the film to the scene. Under that is the aperture display an underneath that is a little wheel you rotate to change the setting.

Be careful not to try to turn it beyond its ends or else you can break the wheel.

That right red button on the front: that’s how you fire the camera.

Notice where you saw the InstantFlex logo on the front you, you should know that there is a bit of a surprise under there. When you press a button on the side of this logo you make the flash pop up.

Turn to the side of the camera and what you’ll find on the left are a few controls. Here you’ll see the exposure compensation button, and the focusing dial. The button in the bottom is the film print button.

On the other side of the camera, you’ll spot the film counter. Very little else is there otherwise. What you’ve probably noticed already though are the strap lugs. They’re very Canon style vs being more Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm style.

To actually use the camera, you’ll need to open the top-finder. This activates all electronics with the camera. If you choose to press the area on the front that labels “Mint” downward then you can use this window on the back for composition and framing.

Otherwise, this is the more traditional TLR experience that you’re looking for. Flip the magnifier up and you’ll be in business.

For what it’s worth though, flipping the magnifier up is a bit tough to do. You really need to reach in and at times it feels almost as if you’re doing a prostate exam. The result is that you may get fingerprints on the glass–so carry a microfiber cloth with you and be careful. However, a part of me is spoiled due to working with the incredible finder on the Mamiya RB67 series of cameras. At least some sort of lever would be a nice addition.

Build Quality

The camera is made of metal with a few parts here and there being comprised of plastic. The lens has glass elements with coatings accordingly. Everything about this camera feels solid: much more on part with something like a Canon 80D than a 7D Mk II though as it isn’t weather sealed. However, I took it out into a rainfall and walked for many blocks with it. It was fine even though there are electronics inside.

My only major qualm with the build quality has to do with the aperture dial. I honestly wish that operating it were smoother as I’m not always sure how much energy I should put into changing the setting lest I break the thing.

Focusing

To focus the camera, you’ll use the dial on the left that brings the image in and out of focus accordingly. It’s best done with very good lighting and with the magnifier as clean as possible. In almost every situation, I never found the focusing screen to be too dark to get fairly accurate focusing with each exposure. However, in low light, I needed to be super careful.

This new screen is the biggest update to the camera. So how bright is it? The above photo is what the entire scene looks like with a flash going on against the window and on the table you see.

This photo above shows us what you see at the same exposure when the flash isn’t on. It’s still pretty bright and overall very workable. Combine that with the magnifier and you’re all good.

Metering

It’s not exactly easy to gauge the metering with this camera at all since it’s an aperture priority camera. However what I can tell you is that if you’re going to backlight your subject, make sure that the light isn’t in the frame or else it will greatly underexpose the scene.

Also, always keep in mind that Instax film is at ISO 800 and that the minimum aperture is f5.6. For that reason, it’s best to always keep in mind the Sunny 16 methods and remember to change your aperture settings.

In really low light, just give up and switch to bulb mode with a tripod.

In very bright light, you’d be best served with the company’s selection of ND filters. Additionally, they have a close up lens filter–but I honestly never used it.

If you’re the type of person that loves manual metering then the best camera out there at the moment is the Diana F+. You change the aperture and it shoots at 1/80th of a second consistently–so you can at least predict what you’re going to get. Even with the exposure compensation here, I found metering to be tricky. In fact, I still find it to be so.

Ease of Use

Probably the most complicated the about the camera is knowing how the metering is going to work. I prefer to use it outdoors during the day, at sunset, at dawn/dusk and that’s about it though using it with the flash at night can result in interesting exposures.

Something else to keep in mind: the ND filters can cause vignetting. Ensure that they’re on properly.

Image Quality

So how’s the image quality? Honestly, in the best of situations it’s quite awesome. I don’t think that it’s capable of achieving the fullest sharpness that Fujifilm Instax film (or Polaroids, as some of you call them) can render, but it surely is still very capable of doing. The only camera that I think can do that is Steve Lloyd’s hack for a TLR.

Until we get really quality glass, I’m not sure very much will be able to touch that.

What you’ll really like about this lens is the bokeh that it can deliver. The images overall have a slightly soft look to them that a lot of people seem to love. If you’re spoiled by what negative film is capable of here, then you’ll never be satisfied. But if you’re willing to embrace the overall really fun and cool looks that this camera can offer, then it’s probably the closest thing to being “the one” for you right now on the market.

My personal opinion about the camera is that the image quality is best without the ND filters. From what I see, they tend to soften the image more. So if you’re in bright light and you want to shoot wide open, just know that you’ll need one of those filters and that the image quality will be softer.

This lens is very sharp at f5.6 (so to speak) and at the most wide open setting (which is a star) the image quality really softens. At f22 it starts to degrade and I try to keep the settings often between f5.6 and f16.

Conclusions

The Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 is a beautiful camera that can create beautiful images in the right situations. While it still doesn’t show us the fullest potential of what Instax film can do, it’s a major step in the right direction for those of us who know how to expose a scene.

As far as exposure control goes, I don’t think that the TL70 can beat the Diana F+–especially with a glass lens. The fixed shutter speed with the variable aperture makes a lot more sense to a person trying to get a specific look vs aperture priority and letting the camera do all the rest. To that end, if you like manual exposure, then go for the Diana F+.

But that statement doesn’t exactly do justice to the TL70. What’s so incredible about the TL70 is the feel, look and experience. When you get that photo perfectly exposed then you feel joy and relief. When you screw it up, then you get heartbreak. Those emotions are important to photography–especially in a world where you can simply just shoot, reshoot, and screw up all you want.

To that end, I really recommend this camera only for the most experienced of photographers.

The Mint Camera TL70 InstantFlex TLR receives four out of five stars. Want one? Check out Mint camera’s website.

InstantFlex TL70 2.0 – обновление моментальной камеры

В марте 2015 года гонконгская компания MiNT удивила фотомир, выпустив камеру InstantFlex TL70. Внешне она выглядит как двухобъективная зеркальная классика – камера Rolleiflex, однако на самом деле это моментальная камера, работающая с кассетами Fujifilm Instax. Прошел год с небольшим, и компания MiNT анонсировала камеру InstantFlex TL 2.0 – обновленную модель с существенными улучшениями.

После выпуска первой модели специалисты MiNT посетили фабрику Rolleiflex в Германии – в поисках возможностей дальнейшего совершенствования своего детища. Инженеры Rolleiflex поделились некоторыми секретами производства двухобъективных зеркальных камер, после чего специалисты MiNT, используя полученные знание, смогли радикально улучшить видоискатель камеры InstantFlex TL 2.0.

Новый видоискатель с антибликовым покрытием Френеля получился в пять раз ярче, чем у первой модели. Теперь фотографам гораздо легче кадрировать снимки и наводиться на фокус.

Экран видоискателя первой модели (слева) и версии 2.0 (справа).

Дополнительную помощь в фокусировке оказывает откидное увеличительное стеклышко. Сама фокусировка выполняется вращением колесика сбоку камеры.

В отличие от моментальной камеры Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, внешний вид которой выполнен в стиле ретро, но в которой отсутствуют серьезные функции ручной настройки, управление камерой InstantFlex TL 2.0 – полностью ручное.

Колесико управление диафрагмой расположено на передней панели, под объективом. Можно задать значения f/5.6, f/8, f/16, f/22, а также «f/bokeh» (это специальное положение, в котором боке приобретает форму «пасхальных яиц»). Колесико управления EV позволяет вносить экспокоррекцию.

Красная кнопка спуска затвора и колесико диафрагмы

В камере имеется встроенный экспонометр. Когда вы полунажимаете красную кнопку спуска затвора, в видоискателе загорается светодиод. Если он оранжевого цвета, то сцена слишком светлая или темная. Если светодиод зеленый, то экспозиция оптимальна.

Нажатием красной кнопки до конца делается снимок, а отдельная кнопка служит для извлечения из камеры готового снимка формата Instax Mini.

Старинная двухобъективная камера (слева) и InstantFlex TL70 2.0 (справа)

Стоимость камеры InstantFlex TL70 2.0 составляет $389. Пожалуй, это будет определенным барьером для тех, кто желает попробовать себя в моментальной фотографии с ручными настройками. Для сравнения – камера Fuji Instax Mini 90 Neo стоит всего $117. С другой стороны, еще один конкурент – моментальная камера Impossible I-1 – стоит почти столько же ($350), но выглядит гораздо менее стильно (по крайней мере, на наш взгляд).

Коробка с камерой InstantFlex TL70 2.0

Заметим также, что первая модель MiNT InstantFlex TL70 также продолжает продаваться и стоит $332.

InstantFlex TL70 2.0 Camera

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#3 InstantFlex TL70 is the world’s first twin lens instant film camera. It is also the only instant film camera designed to have aperture control and bulb mode. The very close 48 cm (18.89 inches) focusing distance is unprecedented in twin lens cameras. TL70 is compatible with Fujifilm Instax Mini Films.

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    Specifications of InstantFlex TL70 2.0:

    Apertures: f/5.6, f/8, f/16, f/22, f/bokeh

  • Lens : 3-elements, aspherical lenses, f=61 mm (2.4 inches)
  • Focusing distance: 48 cm (18.89 inches) – ∞ (manual focus)
  • Shutter speed: 1/500 – 1 sec (A mode), maximum 10 secs (B mode – slow shutter)
  • Viewfinder: Fresnel Viewfinder
  • Exposure control: EV+/-1
  • Flash: Built-in electric flash with Automatic Light Emission Control
  • Battery: 3 AA Batteries (included)
  • Film: Fujifilm Instax Mini Films (see sample shots вћћ)
  • Adapters: Tripod mount and neck strap holder
  • Dimension: 141 x 102 x 80.2mm (5.55 x 4.01 x 3.15 inches)
  • Weight: (camera only) 525 grams (18.51 ounces)
  • Box set contains: TL70 2.0 camera, lens cap, user manual, warranty guide, and 3 AA batteries

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  • Aperturef/5.6, f/8, f/16, f/22, f/bokeh
    Lens3-elements, aspherical lenses, f=61mm
    Focusing48cm – ∞ (manual focus)
    Shutter speed1/500 – 1 second (A mode),
    Maximum 10 seconds (B mode – slow shutter)
    ViewfinderFresnel Super Viewfinder
    Exposure controlEV+/-1
    FlashBuilt-in electric flash with Automatic Light Emission Control
    Power supply3 AA Batteries (included)
    FilmFuji instax mini films
    AdaptersTripod mount and neck strap holder
    Dimensions141mm x 102mm x 80.2mm
    Weight525g (camera only)
    Warranty2-year Warranty
    TL70 box set
    Filmtype:Instant Image Instax Mini
    Lens:Glas Lens
    color:black

    InstantFlex TL70 is the world’s first twin lens instant camera with wide range of apertures and the closest focusing distance. lt combines classic aesthetics and modern functionalities by including 6 groundbreaking features for you to explore. TL70 allows you to take pictures in all lighting conditions with a built-in electric flash, opening up a world of creative possibilities.
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    1. InstantFlex TL70 2.0 is a carefully designed twin lens instant camera inspired by Rolleiflex and Polaroid.
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    3. InstantFlex TL70 is the world’s first twin lens instant camera. It is also the only instant camera designed to have aperture control and bulb mode. The very close 48cm focusing distance is unprecedented in twin lens cameras. TL70 is compatible with Fuji instax mini films.

    Twin Lens Instant Camera
    Apertures: f/5.6, f/8, f/16, f/22, f/bokeh
    Lens: 3-elements, aspherical lenses, f=61mm
    Focusing: 48cm – (manual focus)
    Shutter speed: 1/500 – 1 sec (A mode), maximum 10 secs exposure time (B mode – slow shutter)
    Exposure control: EV+/-1
    Flash: Built-in electric flash with Automatic Light Emission Control
    Power supply: 3 AA Batteries (included)
    Film: instant film Fuji Instax Mini
    Adapters: Tripod mount and neck strap holder
    Dimension: 141mm x 102mm x 80.2mm
    Weight: 525g (camera only)
    Box set contains: TL70 2.0 camera, lens cap, user manual (The World of InstantFlex), warranty guide, and 3 AA batteries

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    MiNT InstantFlex TL70 instant camera 2.0

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    Product information MiNT InstantFlex TL70 instant camera 2.0

    MiNT InstantFlex TL70 is the world’s first twin-lens instant camera.

    To extend the legend of Polaroid, MiNT recruited the top designers and engineers around the world, just like they did in their glory days. With 5 years of experience in antique cameras and a couple of engineering geniuses, a new timeless camera is invented. We are proud to introduce to you TL70.

    A well-designed camera aims to bring out the best photography in you. But it can also make you fall in love with the entire shooting experience. MiNT TL70 is pretty much that kind of camera.

    The viewfinder uses a bright anti-glare coated glass pane that yields a cinematic view of the world.

    With InstantFlex TL70, MiNT eschewed the conventional standards of instant cameras, and imagined the benefits of adapting traditional camera design to an instant camera.

    Camera Features

    MiNT TL70 comes with a built-in light meter, just like the legendary Polaroid SX-70.

    It is equipped with an A/B mode, focusing wheel, EV switch and eject button.

    All of them built right into the camera, nothing is sticking out of the flat body.

    The cinematic viewfinder provides an incredible user experience and you will feel like being at the movies.

    The viewfinder has two built-in LED light indicators, green indicates ‘ready to shoot’, orange indicates too bright or too dark.

    5-leaf shutters – It never happen in any instant camera before.

    5 aperture settings with f/5.6 largest ever in any instant camera

    Most instant cameras only use 1 to 2 lens. But TL70 uses a 3-element lens with antiglare optical coating,

    which helps you capture quality images.

    Simply open the viewfinder and it turns on; close it and it turns off.

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    Specifications:

    Additional information: MiNT InstantFlex TL70 instant camera 2.0

    Specifications:

    Aperture f/5.6, f/8, f/16, f/22, f/bokeh

    Lens 3-elements, aspherical lenses, f=61mm

    Focusing 48cm – ∞ (manual focus)

    Shutter speed 1/500 – 1 second (A mode) Maximum 10 seconds (B mode – slow shutter)

    Viewfinder Twin Lens Reflex viewfinder

    Exposure control EV+/-1

    Flash Built-in electric flash with Automatic Light Emission Control

    Power supply 3 AA Batteries (included)

    Film Fuji instax mini films

    Adapters Tripod mount and neck strap holder

    Dimensions 141mm x 102mm x 80.2mm

    Weight 525g (camera only)

    Warranty 2-year Warranty

    TL70 box set TL70 Camera, Protection Box, Dedicated Lens Cap, The World of InstantFlex, Online Warranty Guide and 3AA Batteries.

    MiNT InstantFlex TL70 instant camera 2.0

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