The instant print camera revival shows so no signs of slowing down, but the vast majority of models available now are essentially simple point-and-shoot types. The long-awaited MiNT InstantKon RF70 is a very different animal and provides much more control over both exposure and focus. It uses the Fujifilm Instax Wide print format – which is rated at ISO 800 and gives an image area of 62x99 mm – and the print is manually ejected so there’s plenty of scope for creating multiple exposures.
The InstantKon RF70 employs a classic folding design – similar to a Polaroid Land camera from the 1960s – with the lens mounted on bellows while the main body incorporates an optical viewfinder, a separate mechanical rangefinder to assist focusing, and a built-in exposure meter (coupled, but non-TTL) linked to a LED indicator. It also sports a conventional shutter speed dial and there’s a built-in pop-up flash. The lens has a three-element optical construction (which includes aspherical surfaces) with a focal length of 93mm – which is close to the standard focal length in the 35mm format – and a maximum aperture of f5.6 (equivalent to f2.4 in the 35mm format). The minimum focusing distance is 75 centimetres.
For manual exposure control there’s a choice of six aperture settings down to f22 and a shutter speed range spanning one second to 1/500 second plus a ‘B’ timer which can be set for up to ten minutes (and also offers a ‘T’ control option). The shutter is a leaf-type so flash sync is at all speeds. There’s the option of aperture-priority auto exposure control with ‘A+1’ and ‘A-1’ settings giving +/-1.0 EV of exposure compensation respectively. The exposure indicator – located between the viewfinder and rangefinder eyepieces – shows red when either under- or overexposure will happen and green for correct exposure. The viewfinder itself has a magnification of 0.44x and includes both a brightline frame and close-up correction marks (to compensate for parallax error).
Other notable features of the InstantKon RF70 include a cable release socket, a tripod-mounting socket and a 2.5 mm audio-type minijack input that can be used for coupling an external flash. Optional accessories include an ND filter set and a lens hood. There’s also a slightly down-specced model called the InstantKon RF70 Auto which lacks the manual shutter speed settings. Both models are powered by a pair of AA-size batteries.
The InstantKon RF70 is priced at $1300 and the Auto version at $1120.95. MiNT cameras are distributed by Brands Australia and for more information visit http://brandsaustralia.com/mint/