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The news hit the internet this week that MiNT, a company from Hong Kong that previously produced a flash bar and accessory filters for the SX70, have announced a brand new instant camera: the TL70, a TLR that takes Instax Mini film. Normally, I’d just leave this sort of news to sloppy press-release rehashing blogs who contribute no insight and just want traffic, but I’m actually quite excited about this one.

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See, while we’ve seen an attempt at an Instant TLR before (take a bow now, Kevin Kadooka), this is, to my knowledge, the first one that will be manufactured and sold ready to go straight out of the box, and from what I can tell, MiNT have really knocked it out of the park:

  • Proper TLR focusing (no Holga “TLR”-style toy camera bullshit here)
  • Aperture priority autoexposure (with f/5.6, f/8, f/16, f/32 aperture stops – impressive, for an instant camera)
  • LEDs in viewfinder to warn photographer of under-or-overexposure
  • Shutter speeds between 1/500 and 1sec (mirroring the classic leaf shuttered TLRs of old)
  • Bulb / long exposure setting, running up to 10 seconds (TLRs are perfect for tripod work, so this is very welcomed)
  • onboard flash (that can be disabled! Fuji, take note.)
  • a 48cm close focus stop (for those selfie-obsessed Japanese schoolgirls, no doubt)
  • 2 year warranty (so hopefully no Belair-style disappointments)
LEDs! Proper ground glass! This isn't a toy, this is a real camera - and that makes me very happy.

LEDs! Proper ground glass! This isn’t a toy, this is a real camera – and that makes me very happy.

Frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for someone in the Far East to design and manufacture this; Instax Mini film and TLRs are both much-loved in China and Japan, and the combination of the two seems like an obvious thing to do. I predict that this will fly off the shelves in the East, while the American market will scratch its collective head in confusion and Europe will continue to underestimate the brilliance that is Instax film.

See? Brilliant.

See? Brilliant.

The suggested retail price currently stands at US $ 319 (or £212), which is – by all accounts – bloody high, but when you consider that the (still ridiculously named) Instax 90 Neo Classic was originally $210, this is probably worth the extra cash. Of course, we won’t know for certain until we get to use one in person, but at least on paper, there’s finally a camera that has me interested in the tiny Instax Mini format.

Now if only we could get one for Instax Wide…

Hiding the flash under the nameplate is a smart move aesthetically and a brilliant move as far as UX goes.

Hiding the flash under the nameplate is a smart move aesthetically and a brilliant move as far as UX goes. (Hopefully the cameras that are sold will have cleaner lenses than this, though.)

Go check out the camera for yourself (and even order one) at https://mint-camera.com/tl70 now, before I buy them all and roll around in bankrupt happiness.

So hot of the heels of the wildly successful and rambling live spectacular that was Episode 50 comes this hour of tightly-honed rage and derision.

Who knew that when Nate decided to use the podcast as an excuse to talk about how much he loves his pretty new Contax G2, he’d end up being mocked relentlessly by a man fuelled by a semi-irrational hatred of all things automatic?

Yes, the correct answer is “everyone who’s ever listened to the podcast before” or “anyone who’s ever spoke to Tony about any camera made after 1980″.

(By the way, all hate mail relating to this episode can go to tony@pdexposures.com. The most creative might well get read out on air in Episode 52, Dawkins-style.)

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The Impossible Project frustrated a large portion of it’s early adopters recently by making them enter to win a chance to test out their Gen 2.0 Black and White films. Previously, this opportunity was available to any member of their Pioneer Program willing to spend the (usually cheaper than normal) price of their beta films.

Recently Reddit user /u/grodecki visited The Impossible Project store and was able to purchase these Gen 2.0 films (both color and black and white) for the discounted price of £13 and £17 respectively, despite not being a part of the Pioneer Program.

This comes on the heels of many early supporters of The Impossible Project feeling neglected despite purchasing their products before they were as stable and colorful as they are now.

What are your thoughts? Are you ok with anyone being able to have access to these early release films? Or is it something that should be available only to those in the Pioneer Program?

We’re not sure we would ever get this far. When Tony and Nate started the Pdexposures Podcast over two years ago it was on a whim and done very quickly without much regard to form, quality, or substance. So to sit here and welcome our great listeners to our 50th episode is a real treat.

For those who weren’t aware or couldn’t make it, for our 50th episode we did something a little different, we recorded live. We had people chatting and sending in messages, and even a guest who hopped into the chat who we’ve never had on before!

Because of this the form is a little different from our usual episode, but rest assured there is still plenty of film discussion and ridiculous banter. Sit back, relax, and enjoy our 50th episode. We’re proud to be here, and can’t wait to bring you 50 more!

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The Pdexposures Podcast is about to celebrate its 50th episode. 50 whole episodes of Nate, Tony and Simon verbally abusing each other and occasionally discussing film cameras and photography.

We couldn’t have done it, without the fans and so to mark this auspicious occasion, we would like to invite you to a live recording of the 50th episode.

With that in mind, the recording for the 50th episode will be on March 8th at 10 am Central Time.

But what is the topic? Great question reader! We will have a live Q&A with some special guests to be announced soon.

If you can’t make the recording, tweet us questions with the #Pdexposures50 and we will be happy to write them down for the live recording.

Hope to see you there!

Photo provided by the Seattle Archives.

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Our last video about the Polaroid SX-70 ran a little long, because of this one of the filmed segments became its own video. Join us as Nate goes over the (sometimes slight) differences between Polaroid SX-70 cameras in this quick segment.

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The Polaroid SX-70 is one of the most iconic cameras of all time. From it’s unique folding design, to the stunning quality of images that it takes, the SX-70 set the standard for all instant film cameras to come. Even today fans of Fuji Instax instant integral film are clamoring for a more professional level camera that rivals what Polaroid produced over 40 years ago.

In the most recent episode of Pdexposures, Nate goes over some of the basics of the Polaroid SX-70 including operation, information, and even a little speculation. Be sure to subscribe to the Pdexposures YouTube channel as well!

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It’s been a long time coming, and possibly one of the most requested things we do again at Pdexposures; videos. Over the years we have evolved a lot, from simple laptop based webcams, to higher quality webcams, to full production camera reviews out in the field. There is still so much we want to explore with visual mediums including a top secret project we have started planning and hope to bring to you this summer.

In the meantime, we will be going back to our more traditional format of discussing various cameras, films, and odd tidbits of information in front of a camera. Not only will it be my mug talking to you, but you’ll also see other Pdexposures Podcast hosts give their take on film photography as well!

Thank you again to all who have supported us over the years, we look forward to giving you more content in 2015!

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We have received an email circulating around today that Kodak Alaris has discontinued the 220 lines of Portra film lines and that the current stock of film will still be available for purchase for the next six months. 220 film is a medium format film introduced in the 1960’s offering the same size frame as 120 film, with twice the length effectively doubling the number of exposures available for the photographer to shoot with.

This discontinuation will not effect the 120 film which will continue to be manufactured.

You can read the letter below. We have blocked out personal details about the sender.

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Kodak Professional Portra film is a family of Daylight balanced film that has seen many recent upgrades over the past few years to improve its grain quality and scanning performance.

We have reached out to Kodak for comment, but as of publishing have not heard back.

Do you shoot with 220 film? What do you think of Kodak Alaris killing off the 220 Portra line?