Perhaps one of the most anticipated cameras for many photographers could be the new Mint InstantKon RF70. I’ve personally wanted a camera that could shoot Fujifilm Instax Wide emulsions and give me full manual controls for many years. That’s here now; and I genuinely hope it prompts both Lomography and Fujifilm to get with it. I’ve been personally playing with the Mint InstantKon RF70 for around two weeks now and we’ve known about it for many months. Today, MiNT is releasing all the details.
The MiNT InstantKon RF70 is a rangefinder style camera that gives the photographer a bit of a nostalgic feel with its design and functionality. It’s sort of like a Polaroid Land Camera except it uses Instax Wide film. There is a 75mm f5.6 lens in front of the film–which is fairly wide when you look at the format conversion. As MiNT states in their press release
“Its size is 7 times larger than 135 film, 2 times of 120 film, and 2 times of Instax Mini. It’s even larger than Polaroid 600 film. The larger format means the bigger space for imagination.”
Our first impressions with the MiNT InstantKon RF70 have been going pretty positively thus far. I really like the camera, but we’re playing with a prototype that doesn’t have the final lens coatings.
MiNT InstantKon RF70 Specification
- Aperture: f/5.6, f/6.7, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22
- Lens: 3 aspherical glass lenses, f=93mm
- Focal length: 0.75m (29.5 inches) – ∞ (manual focus)
- Shutter speed: 1/500s – 1 second (A mode), Longest 30 seconds (B mode – long exposure)
- Viewfinder: Rangefinder optic viewfinder, 0.44x
- Shutter: AUTO, A+1, A-1, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, B, R
- Flash: Built-in electronic flash (adjust according to ambient light)
- Battery: 2 x AA alkaline battery
- Film: Fujifilm Instax Wide (108 (w) x 86 (l) mm)
- Others: Shutter release cable jack, tripod hole, neck strap eyelets, 2.5mm external flash jack
- Size: 182 x 122 x 64mm (7.16 x 4.8 x 2.51 inches)
- Weight: 806 g (28.4oz) (camera only)
- Warranty: 5 years
Also for you selfie lovers, apparently you can double tap the shutter release for a self-timer mode. Who would’ve thought?!
MiNT has yet to tell us an official price, but according to the company’s press release: InstantKon RF70 will be available to customers for pre-order in June, limited to 199 pieces. Pre-orders will get a free glass lens set (ND2, ND4, ND8) (worth of HK $600). More info can be found on MiNT’s website. We’ll update this post when we get an official price.