The Hong Kong-based company MiNT has now set itself the task of making the Polaroid SX-70 available to a wider public again. Besides the production of own cameras like the InstantFlex TL70, MiNT has specialized in the restoration of original Polaroid models like the SX-70. It is true that such models could already be purchased second hand. But such an acquisition was connected with a high risk, as the classic models had to fight with all kinds of signs of age.
But in most cases with instant film, you have very little control over the settings. Professional or enthusiasts who want manual control have always been disappointed with the lack of options when it comes to having control over shutter speed, aperture as well as having the ability to dial in the focus. That's where the InstantKon RF70 comes in, it provides these options and it does so in a beautiful way.
MiNT has created a fully manual instant camera — the RF70 — so you can take your instant photography to the next level. Combining modern technology with a timeless design, the classic-looking black collapsible camera allows you to control its shutter speed, aperture, and focus, giving you much more leeway to play around with your available lighting.
I am really impressed by the camera. The build quality is pretty amazing. It is really stable and the images turned out really good. You can do some amazing stuff with the camera like double exposure. I really love it so far.
This is part of where the magic happens, this little box of tricks plugs into the SLR670, where the flash bar would normally go. This then allows you to control the shutter speeds of the camera, select bulb mode, T mode and auto mode for 600 and SX-70 films.
I think that MiNT has done a great job certainly with the TL70 2.0 version. This is a lovely camera. One of my favourite parts of this camera is the ability to press the shutter button, take a photo, walk away and press the button on the side to eject the Instax mini.
I like this camera because as a photographer I like the flexibility of getting to mess with the lighting and the focus just getting to put more into the picture versus just like click and you get your picture. This is better for people who like the art of photography.
This is the only instant camera where you can manually choose the aperture and the maximum aperture is at 5.6 and so you can really get some beautiful shallow depth of field that just isn't possible with other instant film cameras. You just don't have that same sense of control and the result are beautiful!