LECTURE 1: INSTANTFLEX TL70 LENS SET BY MINT

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MiNT just releases InstantFlex TL70 2.0, their second generation of twin lens instant camera, together with a lens set particularly for TL70. The set includes three ND Filters – ND2, ND4 & ND8, Close-up Lens and Lens Hood. We are pleased to get the set before it has officially released and now we can’t wait to share our experience with you!

 

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For InstantFlex TL70, the closest shooting distance is 48cm. With applying the Close-up Lens, you can shoot as close as 18cm.

You can take a close-up shot without leaving much background, at the same time, create a shallow depth of view image (by using a big aperture like f/5.6).

 

NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTERS – ND2, ND4, ND8 ✮instant-university_yellow-border

The set includes three ND filters and you may wonder when and which you are required to use them.

The use of ND Filter is to speed up the shutter. Actually, the difference among three ND filters is their intensity to reduce the amount of incoming light entering the camera. ND8 can block the most of light while ND2 block the least.

Fuji mini film has high ISO of 800 while it has high sensitivity to light. Especially when you shoot in outdoor, the sunny/ bright condition will easily lead to an over-exposed photo. Under this circumstance, you have to decide which ND Filter to use in order to obtain a satisfactory image.

When there is a red light shown in viewfinder, it means the shutter speed of camera is now 1/500. The relatively slow shutter speed allows excess amount of light entering the camera, tends to create over-exposure image.

The solution is easy. You can download a smartphone light meter to assist, it helps to achieve a correct exposure. For ISO, set it as 800 (default ISO of Fuji mini film). For aperture, set it the same as which you set on your TL70. Then you will get a number of time automatically.

If the time shows “1/1000”, you need to apply ND2 for shooting. If the time shows “1/2000”, use ND4. If the time shows “1/4000”, use ND8.

 

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As long as protecting the lens, the hood can avoid glare and lens flare. So basically you can apply the hood always.

 

 

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CC 1420 LECTURE 7: DAILY CLEANING CHECKLIST#2 – FOR MINT INSTANTFLEX TL70

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INTRODUCTION
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In lecture 2, we have discussed about a cleaning method for the Polaroid SX-70 cameras. After opening the film door, it is easy to see if the rollers are clean. But for some other instant cameras like InstantFlex TL70, it may be difficult to check the rollers as they are located inside the camera body. Don’t worry, we have a solution for this. Apart from asking MiNT warranty centre for regular service, you can do it yourself.

 

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When is the time to clean the rollers?

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When you found that there are some unwanted white spots or marks shown on the film, this is probably the cleaning time.

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1. Put double sided tape on one side of the film in order to make this side sticky.

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Noted: We recommend you use the Scotch Permanent Double Sided Tape and don’t stick the tape on double sides of film at one time. If the tape is too thick the film may be hard to be ejected from the camera.

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2. Open the film door and put the film close to the rollers, assist with hand.

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3. Press the film-ejecting button.

4. When the rollers are pressing the film, the tape sticks away the dirt on one rollers.

Noted: As the width of film is shorter than the length of rollers, when you place the film near the ejecting mouth, put it incline to one side first, and the other side next, this can make sure you clean the whole roller.

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5. Repeat step 2 to 4. This time, turn the film over and let the sticky side touch the other roller.

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6. Try to do the above steps several time until you think it is okay.

Noted: If you think the the tapes aren’t sticky anymore, you should change a new film with new tape to continue.

ECOR 1100 Lecture 3: Understanding exposure value (EV)

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In 1950s, Friedrich Deckel, a German shutter manufacturer, first developed the concept of exposure value (EV). He attempted to simplify choosing among combinations of equivalent camera settings.

 

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Exposure value is defined as the exact amount of light hitting a photographic film or image sensor determined by lens aperture and shutter speed, to product a picture which is correctly exposed – neither too light nor too dark.

 

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In photography, EV is a numerical scale that represents a combination of a camera’s shutter speeds (determine the amount of motion blur) and f-numbers (determine the depth of field), such that all combinations that yield the same exposure have the same EV value.

Even though all camera settings giving the same EV, it does not mean that they give the same picture. For instance, if you fasten up the shutter speed, the aperture will become larger automatically for compensation, in turns your image maintain the same EV but with shallower depth of field.

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EV also indicates an interval on the photographic exposure scale, 1 EV equals to a standard power of 2 exposure steps, that is, an increment of one step on the EV scale indicates a one step (also called as a stop) increase in exposure, and vice versa.

 

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If you think your image is quite dark, you can increase the EV. Conversely, if the image is too bright, you can simply decrease the EV.

 

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In fact, many instant cameras provide the exposure controls, like Polaroid cameras and MiNT InstantFlex TL70. For example, the EV numbers on Polaroid Land camera Model 180 range from EV 5 to EV 22 while MiNT InstantFlex TL70’s offers EV +/-1.

CC 1235 Lecture 1: Choose right film for my camera

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IMPOSSIBLE EVOLUTION
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Old cameras & new films

After Polaroid Corporation announced that all instant films would no longer be produced after 2008, The Impossible Project was founded and bought the entire Polaroid factory in EnschedeNetherlands – they pledged to bring Polaroid film back.

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AT PRESENT
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The Impossible Project is the only company in the world producing instant films for classic Polaroid SX-70 and 600 cameras. Another famous Japan-based company Fujifilm produces not only digital cameras but also instant cameras and films. 

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In this lecture, you will know clearly about films that are still being widely used and how to choose the right film for your camera.

 

THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT
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Instant films produced by The Impossible Project can be categorised by 4 types:

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instant-university_CC1235-lecture-1-choose-right-film-for-my-camera-#4 Polaroid 600-Type  – Color / Black & White
instant-university_CC1235-lecture-1-choose-right-film-for-my-camera-#5 Polaroid Image / Spectra – Color / Black & White
instant-university_CC1235-lecture-1-choose-right-film-for-my-camera-#6 8×10 Cameras and Backs – Color / Black & White

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It’s easy to know which film is compatible with your camera. Simply open the film door and you will see a sticker indicating “600” type film / “SX-70” type film / “Image” or “Spectra” type film.

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Polaroid SX-70 film
is acceptable with:

– Polaroid SX-70
– Polaroid SX-70 Model 3
– Polaroid Onestep
-Polaroid Time Zero Onestep
– Polaroid 1000
– Polaroid 1000 Deluxe
– Polaroid Supercolor 1000 Deluxe
– Polaroid 3000
– Polaroid Pronto! RF

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Polaroid 600 film
is acceptable with:

– Polaroid 600 Autofocus 660
– Polaroid SLR 680
-Polaroid SLR 690
– Polaroid Integral 600 series
– Polaroid One Step close-up
– Polaroid One Step AF Autofocus Digital Exposure System
– Polaroid Sun 600 LMS Light Management System

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Polaroid Image / Spectra film
is acceptable with:

– Polaroid Spectra / Image series

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In March 2015, Impossible announced the initial launch of Generation 2.0 (Gen2.0) film for the Black & White line. Now, the newly launched Black & White films work with all types of cameras stated above. New formula of Black & White has a quicker developing time, increased contrast and tonality.

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In January 2016, Impossible launches Generation 3.0 (Gen3.0) film for the Color line. At present, it is exclusively for Impossible Member to test before general release. This generation of color film marks a significant improvement on Impossible’s current 600 color film formula. Photos develop in less half the time.

 

FUJIFILM
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Fujifilm now has 3 types of film: Instax mini film, Instax wide film and FP-film (packfilm). They are available in color films only. FP-3000B (ISO 3000 Black & White) was discontinued in May 2015.

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Instax mini film
is acceptable with:

– MiNT InstantFlex TL70
– Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S
– Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
– Fujifilm Instax Mini 25
– Fujifilm Instax Mini 50S
– Fujifilm Instax Mini 70
– Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 NEO CLASSIC
– Lomo’Instant series

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Instax wide film
is acceptable with:

– Fujifilm Instax 210 Wide
– Fujifilm Instax Wide 300
– Lomo’Instant Wide series

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FP-100C film
is designed to be used in the instant backs for medium format SLR cameras and Polaroid Land cameras.