Given that most of us simply use our smartphones to take photos today (with good reason due to the quality of the cameras they boast) it’s fair to say that the enjoyment of taking pictures with a more tangible device has fallen by the wayside somewhat. Well, the Rolleiflex™ Instant Kamera which is funding over on Kickstarter aims to put paid to that and take photography back to its heyday with a vintage style device which looks great and takes even better pictures.
The Rolleiflex™ Instant Kamera is an instant camera with the legendary twin lens design and modern features that help it to compete with contemporary photography taking whilst maintaining the vintage appeal. This mesmerising bit of kit is taking Kickstarter by storm and has already raised nearly £200k which is certainly testament to the fact that photography aficionados out there are loving the capabilities of this magnificent looking bit of kit.
A Long Time in the Making
Rollei™ are a iconic German brand, with over a century of experience in camera and optics development. The Rolleiflex™ is the name of their premier line of cameras dedicated to medium format twin lens reflex (TLR) performance. The first Rolleiflex™ came out in 1927 and for the next few decades, they continued to innovate and push the development of TLRs until they reached our limit. The last Rolleiflex™ TLR update was released long time ago – leaving only vintage cameras behind for true photography enthusiasts. But all that’s about to change with the Rolleiflex™ Instant Kamera on Kickstarter.
Any lover of vintage style photography is going to find a place in their heart for the phenomenal looking Rolleiflex™ Instant Kamera which has a meticulously designed twin lens that delivers top quality images which are optimised for use with Fujifilm Instax Mini film. You will be blown away by the diverse range of apertures from f/5.6 to f/22, extremely accurate focusing from 48 cm to infinity with cinematic viewfinder, not to mention the built-in electric flash with automatic light emission control. These features give you a taste of instant photography with the well loved twin lens system that Rolleiflex has become synonymous with.
The Rolleiflex™ Instant Kamera on Kickstarter is chock full of incredible creative features that let you add your own artistic stamp to the photos you take. Some of the stand out features of this camera include the versatile aperture control, the Fresnel anti-glare coated viewfinder which is operated at waist-level and lets you get the perfect set up for street photography while on the move and the 3-element Aspheric Lens that takes sharp images overflowing with detail, and boasts a focal length of 61mm.
Lightweight and Portable
Needless to say, the Rolleiflex™ Instant Kamera isn’t going to fit in your pocket like your smartphone but if you’re wanting to take photos in a whole new way and enjoy the experience then you’ll be pleased to hear that it is still a lightweight and portable offering. It weighs in at just 525 grams and it is 30% slimmer than traditional twin lens cameras with simplified knobs and buttons for a more streamlined carrying experience.
For those of you serious about your photography who want to add an iconic name in the industry to your line up of devices, this excellent Kickstarter campaign is for you. With prices starting at just over £300 for the camera, you’ll need to move quickly to bag yourself a bargain before this amazing looking machine hits the shelves officially and the prices go up.