Iconic Rolleiflex™ Twin-Lens Reflex Is Being Turned Into An ‘Instant Kamera’
Photography buffs might be excited to hear that German brand Rollei has decided to transform its famous Rolleiflex™ twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera into a Rolleiflex™ ‘Instant Kamera’—designed to capture images using the Fuji Instax Mini film.
Rolleiflex™ refers to Rollei’s premier line of medium format TLR cameras. The first model was introduced in 1927, followed by subsequent variations through to 1958. The iconic design gained popularity not only among fans, but also in pop culture.
Now, the company wants to revive the TLR for the modern era. Rollei explains, “We’re confident that this new camera will evoke memories of days gone by when in the hands of people who grew up with one in the 60s. But we also want to introduce ourselves to a new generation of analog photographers to help them release their untapped creative potential.”
The Rolleiflex™ ‘Instant Kamera’ is slated to feature apertures f/5.6, f/8, f/16, f/22, and bokeh, a three-element aspheric lens, magnifier, viewfinder design, accurate focusing, ambient light meter, multiple exposure mode, long exposure mode, and a more portable design that’s 30 percent slimmer than conventional TLR cameras, with simplified buttons and controls.
Rollei has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and bring its Rolleiflex™ ‘Instant Kamera’ into production. At time of writing, the campaign has amassed US$301,707 of its US$25,480 goal with 23 days to go.
Watch its introductory video below and learn more via its Kickstarter page, which includes a video that demonstrates how the ‘Instant Kamera’ will work.