Perhaps you’re already familiar with NONS and their interesting SLR cameras that use Instax film. The company has just announced the SL645: a camera that lets you shoot Instax Mini film. Like NONS’s other products, it lets you change lenses, so it seems like a perfect match for those who love instant film photography and vintage lenses with equal passion. Alright then, let’s check it out and see what it has to offer.
Previously, NONS launched the medium format SL660 and its very first camera, SL42 (and SL42 Mark II). The SL42 also uses Instax Mini film, so the SL645 is, in a way, its successor. It offers very similar specs, but its design is very different, and it’s powered by a rechargeable battery to avoid the pollution of single-use batteries. another novelty is the roof pentaprism based on SLR viewfinder which gives you the largest viewfinder coverage of all NONS’s cameras.
The NONS SL645 comes in a metal body and it has a native EF mount. As I mentioned, it uses Instax Mini film, but it works like any vintage SLR film camera. SL645 works like a traditional SLR analog camera. You can either rely on full manual control, use the integrated light meter for a quick shot. Here’s the drill:
- Wind the shutter
- Choose shutter speed
- Check light meter
- Adjust aperture according to the meter
- Press the shutter
- Eject the film
- Passive EF mount (no electronic signal to auto-focus or adjust electric control aperture)
- Shutter Speed (10 modes): 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1 second and Bulb mode
- Recommended F/# based on current shutter speed
- Counter up to 999 seconds when using bulb mode
- Film counter and battery status display
- Standard hot shoe, flash sync to 1/250
- Power supply: 2040 mAh Li-ion battery. Input: DC 5V, 1A
- Film: Fujifilm instax mini film, ISO 800
- Film size: 54 x 86 mm (width x height)
- Picture size: 46 x 62 mm (width x height)
- Mechanical dimension: 135 x 124 x 92 mm (width x height x depth)
- Weight: 795 g
- Package: Camera body, USB Type-A to Type-C cable, Manual
You can pair the camera with NONS 50mm f/1.8 or NONS 35mm f/2.4 lens. For vintage lenses, you can get adapters that let you use any Nikon F, M42, PK, and CY lens.
At the moment of writing this, there is $19,252 pledged out of the $6,369 goal, with nearly a month still to go. You can pledge $421 for the “Kickoff offer” or add $10 for the “Super-early bird” once the Kickoff is all out. Check out NONS’s Kickstarter for more details and if you’d like to support the project.