Meet The InstantKon RF70, a Foldable Rangefinder Instant Camera Using Fujifilm Instax Wide film

InstantKon RF70

MiNT Camera announced the InstantKon RF70. The InstantKon RF70 is a new rangefinder, full control instant camera, using Fujifilm Instax Wide film

The InstantKon RF70_auto sells at $779, the InstantKon RF70 at $899. Both are available at MiNT.

Specification:

  • Apertures: f/5.6, f/6.7, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22
  • Lens: 3-element lens with glass, aspherical lenses, f=93mm
  • Coating: Multi-layer coated
  • Focusing distance: 0.75m (29.5 inches) – ∞ (manual focus)
  • Depth-of-field (@ 0.75m and f/5.6): 4.9cm
  • Largest aperture (35mm equivalent): f/2.4
  • Shutter speed: 1/500 – 1sec (A mode), B mode – maximum 10mins
  • Viewfinder: Real image viewfinder, 0.44x
  • Exposure control:
  • RF70: 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
  • RF70_auto: AUTO, A+1, A-1, B
  • Flash: Built-in electronic flash with auto-brightness balance
  • Multiple exposures: Yes, unlimited times
  • Battery: 2 AA Alkaline batteries (included)
  • Film: W108mm x H85mm (Image: W99mm x H62mm), ISO800
  • Adapters: Cable release socket, tripod mount socket, neck strap eyelets and 2.5mm audio jack
  • Dimensions: 182 x 122 x 64mm (7.16 x 4.8 x 2.51 inches)
  • Weight: 806 grams (28.4oz) (camera only)
  • Warranty: 5 years

Press release:

The New Generation of MiNT Camera You Can Control

The Motivation

  • Instant cameras don’t have to be toys.
  • Polaroid Corporation, under the leadership of Dr Edwin Land, demonstrated it in the 1970s with high-end instant cameras.
  • High-end instant cameras became a lasting success and gained a cult following even until this day.
  • It became the cornerstone of The Impossible Project, the company that saved Polaroid. Without these high-end instant cameras, we wouldn’t have The Impossible Project, and we wouldn’t have instant film to shoot.
  • 10 years of camera-making experience behind us, MiNT can design a groundbreaking product just like the early vintage polaroids, but more affordable and accessible.
  • We want to challenge the basic assumptions of toy instant cameras. We want to break the limitations of ordinary cameras.
  • Perfect combination of modern tech and timeless design.
  • So that you can push the boundaries of instant photography beyond parties, gifts, and souvenirs.

Introducing InstantKon RF70

Full control in an instant camera

  • InstantKon RF70 is designed to let the photographer take control. With ordinary instant cameras, the camera controls you. With MiNT cameras, you control the camera. RF70 is the only WIDE format camera that offers full manual control – shutter speed, aperture, and focus.
  • With full controls and an enormous film format (Instax WIDE film size: W99mm x H62mm), it doesn’t take a pro to capture the most stunning moments.

Why is full control important?

  • Full control is very important in an instant camera. If you can control it, you will know how the picture turns out before it develops.
  • The ability to preview an instant picture saves you time and a lot of film.
  • Full control is also very important because it lets you get the picture you want, instead of just guessing.
  • The wide variety of aperture and shutter speed setting means you can shoot under a lot of different light conditions, no matter which way the sun is shining.

Control the depth of field

  • Six aperture selections
  • The largest aperture f/5.6 is equivalent to f/2.4 on 35mm, together with the enormous film size, gives you incredible depth-of-field.
  • RF70 gives you the shallowest depth of field in any instant camera (except special mods). Phenomenal bokeh: Only 4.9cm at f/5.6 and 75cm.
  • Real mechanical rangefinder, bright and easy to use.

Control the exact amount of light you need

  • 14 shutter speeds, including manual speeds and long exposures
  • Wide range of shutter speeds, combined with aperture control and built-in flash, you will be able to push the boundaries of instant photography beyond parties, gifts, and souvenirs.
  • Auto or manual are both present in the camera. It’s up to you to choose.

All you need in one foldable body

  • Built-in flash for nighttime or fill flash
  • 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
  • Double-click the shutter button for T mode
  • Compatible with standard cable releases
  • Tripod socket for standard tripods
  • Multi-layer coated lenses
  • Incredible 5-year warranty
  • Unlimited Free Films program on Instagram

InstantKon RF70_auto

  • RF70_auto is the simple version of RF70.
  • It has all the advantages of RF70, just one less degree of freedom. You can still control aperture and focus.
  • Same lens.
  • It’s got all the basic controls you need to capture stunning moments.

Extras

  • Lens Set – Neutral Density Filter (ND2, ND4, ND8). It can reduce extra light entering the camera to avoid over-exposure in bright sunlight conditions. The camera has an indicator telling you which ND filter to use.
  • Lens Hood – To reduce unwanted glare.

World Press Photo 2019 Winners Used Canon and Nikon, A Few Fuji, Sony and Leica Insignificant

World Press Photo

World Press Photo is likely the most prestigious photojournalism contest. This year’s winner have been announced (nr. 1 is Crying Girl at the Border), and along with them information about the gear they used.

Spanish site Photolari collected all metadata and published some interesting statistics about the photographic gear used at World Press Photo 2019. These statistics show a few interesting things. Let’s first see the ranking:

World Press Photo 2019 brands:

  1. Canon 46.4%
  2. Nikon 36.6%
  3. Fujifilm 10.5%
  4. Sony 2.6%
  5. Leica 2.6%

No surprise Canon and Nikon rank first (last year Nikon was 1st and Canon 2nd). The ranking shows that Sony still has a hard time with professional photographers, being used by a meagre 2.6%. Even Fujifilm does better with a respectable 10.5%. No surprise either that almost no one uses Leica.

Mirrorless is taking over, isn’t it? Let’s see the camera system ranking:

  1. DSLR 71.1%
  2. Compact cameras 8.9%
  3. Mirrorless 4.4%
  4. Unknown system 15.5%

As expected, full frame system dominate with 73.3%, followed by APS-C with 11.1% (does this figure contain the 10.5% Fuji cams?) , 15.5% are unknown sensor size.

Among the most used cameras we find the usual suspects (in this order): Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Mark III, Nikon D5, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Nikon D850, Canon EOS 6D, and then more Canon’s and Nikon’s and some Fuji’s. Only one persone used a Sony a7R II and another one a Leica Q.

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[via Photolari]

Off Brand: Fuji Announced the Fuji X-T3 Mirrorless Camera

Fuji X-t3

Fuji X-T3 at a glance:

  • 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans BSI CMOS 4 Sensor
  • X-Processor 4 with Quad CPU
  • UHD 4K60 Video; F-Log Gamma & 10-Bit Out
  • 2.16m-Point Phase-Detection Autofocus
  • 0.75x 3.69m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • Extended ISO 80-51200, 30 fps Shooting
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi; Sports Finder Mode
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium-Alloy Body

Just to remember the industry how to make a cool and feature-packed mirrorless camera, Fuji released the Fuji X-T3.

Fuji X-T3 pre-orders: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Press release after the break.

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More Mirrorless War Predictions (Fuji just a niche, Nikon underdog, Canon and Sony the big players)

Magic Lantern Mirrorless

Tony & Chelsea Northrup posted a 30min video where they analyse possible mirrorless market scenarios after Canon and Nikon will have released their upcoming full frame mirrorless cameras.

They say:

Nikon and Canon seem to be releasing full-frame cameras, and that changes EVERYTHING. Sony has had no competition for full frame mirrorless, can they survive a head-on fight against the two biggest camera makers? How will Panasonic, Olympus, and Fujifilm fare? And is Pentax even in the fight?

They are arguing that the battle will be between Sony and Canon, and they see Nikon as the underdog and Fuji occupying a niche (because Fuji has no full frame MILCs). For sure no other company has a technological advantage in the mirrorless field like Sony has. I’m a bit sceptical about Fuji occupying just a nice, since I believe their MILCs (and lens ecosystem) are state of the art. According to Northrups, Fujifilm will end up in the 4th place, after Sony, Canon and Nikon. Micro 4/3 as well as Pentax will disappear or count very little in the future.

[via Fuji Rumors]

Off Brand News: Fujifilm reports impressive 76,1% increase in operating income from imaging segment

Fuji

Fuji released the 2017 Q3 financial report. The results are stunning: +15.6% revenue increase and +76,1% operating income increase. Not bad at all.

Fuji’s statement:

In the photo imaging business, overall sales increased due to favorable sales, especially in instant photo systems which enable users to enjoy on-the-spot printing of photos, such as the instax series and instax films in the Year-End shopping season. instax SHARE SP-3, smartphone printer, launched in November 2017, adopted the square format, popular for use in SNS. It advocates a new way of photo printing to boost printing demand among smartphone users. In the high-value-added printing businesses, sales expanded thanks to continued business growth from various services, including Wall Decor services that enhance the fun of decorating and displaying photographs by adding panels to the photographs and framing, the new COYOMI service for creating desktop calendars with favorite photographs, and the Year Album service that uses AI-based proprietary technology to automatically arrange the layout of a photo album.

In the electronic imaging field of the optical device and electronic imaging business, overall sales increased due to strong sales of FUJIFILM X-E3, which is achieving the most compact and lightweight body*, offering outstanding operational comfort and launched in September 2017, X Series such as FUJIFILM X-T20, FUJIFILM X100F which were launched in February 2017, FUJIFILM GFX 50S, a medium format mirrorless digital camera, adopting a big sensor (43.8mm by 32.9mm), and interchangeable lenses. In the optical device field, overall sales increased, reflecting the strong sales of various industrial use lenses such as lenses for and vehicle camera and projector, and MK lenses series were also launched as a new series of cinema camera lenses designed for recording video such as online video, whose market is expanding. Fujifilm announced 24x zoom lense UA24 x7.8BE in September 2017, achieving both small, lightweight body and 4K high-definition. With this introduction, Fujifilm has 8 4K broadcast camera lense products and is seeking to lead the field. * As of January 2017 in the X Series of mirrorless cameras equipped with a viewfinder

While most of the profit come from the successful Instax lineup, I guess it is at least to some degree also due to the fact that Fuji always gives the impression they really love their customers, for instance delivering firmware updates that add plenty of features. This is something we never see from Canon.

I always wished/hoped Canon would deliver a mirrorless lens ecosystem like Fuji did. But nope (so far).

[via Mirrorless Rumors and Fuji Rumors]