Legendary TLR brand Rollei is back after 60 years with a Fujifilm Instax camera

Apr 26, 2018

Chad Verzosa

Chad Verzosa is a freelance writer and photographer currently based in Florida. When not traveling, he likes to spend his time printing pictures in the darkroom.

Legendary TLR brand Rollei is back after 60 years with a Fujifilm Instax camera

Apr 26, 2018

Chad Verzosa

Chad Verzosa is a freelance writer and photographer currently based in Florida. When not traveling, he likes to spend his time printing pictures in the darkroom.

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Rollei hasn’t released a new Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera in years. This year, however, the iconic brand is poised to “reintroduce the TLR for the modern era” with the Rollei Instant Kamera. In an attempt to attract a new generation of photographers, their new product is going to be compatible with the widely available Fujifilm Instax.

With the help of the young instant camera company MiNT, Rollei has created a one of a kind camera that will make any film photography enthusiast excited. It has a maximum aperture of f/5.8 and can shoot at close range (about 48mm.). It also has a brighter 1:1 preview ground glass screen which includes a magnifier. And unlike its predecessors, the new Rolleiflex will also have an integrated electronic flash with automatic light emission control.

The Instant Kamera looks very promising judging from its sample images. It’s sharp, it produces beautiful colors, and I especially love the bokeh it creates.

It hasn’t been that long since Rollei launched the Kickstarter campaign for this camera, but it’s already exceeded its $25, 483 goal. As I’m writing this, it has already raised $68, 374. It goes to show how passionate people remain when it comes to film photography.

Despite being die-hard film enthusiast, I’ve long been skeptical of film’s survival in the age of digital photography. However, with the addition of this camera, I’m starting to feel convinced that perhaps film is going to stick around longer.

The Rolleiflex Instant Kamera is expected to be available starting October 2018. If you’re interested in Rollei’s new endeavor, feel free to check out their Kickstarter.

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5 responses to “Legendary TLR brand Rollei is back after 60 years with a Fujifilm Instax camera”

  1. Ricardo Teixeira Avatar
    Ricardo Teixeira

    ??‍♂️

  2. Osamba Lekouya Avatar
    Osamba Lekouya

    TL 70 rebadged !

  3. matt Avatar
    matt

    1958? Rollei’s last TLR, the FX-N, was introduced in 2012.

    1. Matthew Barncord Avatar
      Matthew Barncord

      OMG. Just spend five seconds on Google. SMH!

  4. Jamison Dippel Avatar
    Jamison Dippel

    Multiple new TLR models released into the 1960s. When the first sentence of an article contains misinformation, it’s hard for me to continue. Do your research, publish facts.