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Our story

The story behind MiNT

Photography is an ever changing art form – but despite its ups and downs in the last few decades, instant film photography hasn’t changed much since the release of the SX-70 back in 1972. Our founder felt that there were still more to be done and chose to carry on that legacy. He decided to create his own line of products which would marry modern innovations in technology with the timeless, familiar design of the SX-70 to keep the magic of the Polaroid experience alive.

Instant Inspiration

‘Mint’ – the term collector’s use to describe high quality items in perfect condition – became the standard to which we hold all our products. To make this ideal a reality, we assembled a team of dedicated artisans, designers and engineers. As MiNT, we aim to bring our customers products that Dr. Edwin Land would be proud of!

 Timeless design, Modern Upgrades 

Video: The Moment - Story of Polaroid Repair Specialist (Short Film)

Our vision

SX-70

The Polaroid SX-70 instant film camera was invented by Dr. Edwin Land. ‘SX-70’ signified the 70th special experiment in his developmental line of film cameras. With a compact, folding design, the SX-70 is one of the most widely recognized instant film cameras in the world.

We sell a wide range of vintage Polaroid SX-70s because they exemplify a simple, elegant design that fits the on-the-go lifestyle of modern photographers. Each SX-70 is fully restored and backed with one year warranty.

SX-70

SLR670

When we decided to continue Dr. Land’s legacy, we weren’t content with merely preserving the status quo. Taking the body of the SX-70, we’ve upgraded the internal components with modern electronics in order to expand the capabilities of our instant film cameras:

The SLR670m allows for manual adjustment of shutter speed. The SLR670α is designed to maximize ease of use, bringing the best out of photographers of any level. But our flagship camera combines the best of both worlds: the SLR-670 allows for manual control of shutter speed as well as automatic – guaranteeing as much versatility as the user requires. It remains the standard against which all other instant cameras can be judged.

SLR670-S

InstantFlex TL70

Expanding on the legacy of instant film as Polaroid did before us, we recruited the best designers and engineers. After 5 years of experience with vintage instant film cameras and a couple of genius engineers, a new instant film camera was born – the TL70!

InstantFlex TL70

Milestones

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The Beginning

We started out as a humble online store – meeting our first customers in cafes individually, teaching them how to use their camera over a cup of coffee!

Our starting point
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
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  • 2015
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  • 2018
SEP

We started out as a humble online store – meeting our first customers in cafes individually, teaching them how to use their camera over a cup of coffee!

MAY

We opened our retail store in Causeway Bay – a vibrant shopping center in the heart of Hong Kong!

JUN

Our own Polaroid SX-70 Warranty and Repair Center was officially established so that all customers could enjoy 1 year warranty.

JUN

We became the official Impossible Project Partner Store.

SEP

Leaving disposable (and costly) flashbulbs in the past where they belong, we introduced our customers to our reusable flash – an improvement for indoor photography with the SX-70!

SEP

We expanded our operation to include repair services and increase our production capacity – with 3 full-time repair experts working hard to repair vintage cameras for customers who needed their old family camera tuned up!

JAN

JUN

Combining the stylish body of the SX-70 with features from the now defunct Polaroid SLR680 line, we managed to produce a fresh take on a familiar classic.

AUG

The first and only lens kit that works with all folding Polaroid SX-70 instant film cameras – it remains a best seller even today, when not sold out!

DEC

A more efficient upgrade to our previous design, a re-usable flash bar with faster charging, color filters and a sync port to trigger an external flash!

JUN

With the addition of Time Machine, this manual variant of the SLR670 expanded what photographers could do with the camera.

MAR

We proudly introduce the World’s First Twin Lens Instant camera!

MAY

With a 5x brighter Fresnel Super Viewfinder and a larger, cleaner magnifier – these powerful upgrade took our TL70 camera to the next level.

MAY

The ultimate SLR670 – combining the best of the 670α and 670m with a special twist: it can use both SX-70 and 600 type film!

MAY

Enhance the whole user experience with TL70 Lens Set, TL70 Neck Strap and TL70 Eveready Case.

JAN

To celebrate the milestone of 10,000ᵗʰ SLR670 sold, for the first time we introduce a special edition of SLR670-S. This is SLR670-S Noir.

SEP

The functions of SLR670-S Classic are exactly the same as the SLR670-S. The only different thing is the minimalistic body without the tripod mounting hole and neck strap eyelets.

MAR

A new timepiece inspired by photography. There are 4 types of timepieces: Wanderer, Monochrome, Instanteer and OneThirtyFive.

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