Mint (or MiNT aS thEY prefER) has announced their re-working of the classic Polaroid SX-70, the InstantKon SF70, with a short Kickstarter campaign to get the ball rolling.
(Is it just me, or do the words ‘InstantKon’ and ‘Kickstarter’ used together seem slightly worrying? Never mind.)
Anyway, the camera won’t be available until about May next year at the very earliest, and follows the launch in June last year of the RF70, which uses wide Instax film, while the new SF70 uses square Instax film.
Like the RF70, the SF70 offers full manual control and is a foldable camera with bellows. And like the RF70, it ain’t cheap, although the press release doesn’t actually tell you how much. But well over $1300. So for collectors and afficionados and orthodontists maybe.
Life is too short to attempt a rewrite of the somewhat all-over-the-shop press release, so we’ll just run with the main specs:
– 2.5mm audio jack for triggering external studio flash
– A film eject lever lets you do unlimited multiple exposures
– Light meter for detecting ambient light
– LCD display for ND recommendations
– B mode for up to 10 minutes ultra long exposure
– Compatible with standard cable releases
– Tripod socket for standard tripods
– Multi-layer coated lenses
– ‘Incredible’ 5-year warranty
– Apertures: f/5.6, f/6.7, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22
– 3-element lens with glass, aspherical lenses, f=93 mm, EFL (Effective FocalLength) (35mm equivalent: 50mm). Multi-layer coated
– Focusing distance: 0.75m (29.5 inches) – ∞ (manual focus)
- Depth-of-field (@ 0.75m and f/5.6): 4.9cm (35mm equivalent: f/2.4)
- 14 Shutter speeds: 1/500 – 1sec (A mode), B mode – maximum 10 mins
- Viewfinder: Real image viewfinder, 0.44x
- Exposure control: AUTO, A+1, A-1, B, R-flash, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15,1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, OFF
– Built-in electronic flash with auto-brightness balance
- Multiple exposures, unlimited times
- Film type: Fujifilm Instax Square Film
– Cable release socket, tripod mount socket, neck strap eyelets,
- Battery: 2 AA Alkaline batteries (included)
For more information, the InstantKon Kickstarter page (see what I mean) is probably a good place to go.