Leica is making an instant-print camera

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Leica is making an instant-print camera

Post by melek » Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:19 pm

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It has a bizarre name - the SOFORT. I think Leica will announce the price tomorrow. If so, I'll add it here.

It uses Fujifilm Instax film, but I'm not sure which of the Instax films it uses.

Here's my writeup on it:
http://photographytoday.net/?q=news/leica-goes-instant-sofort
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Re: Leica is making an instant-print camera

Post by Brazile » Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:14 am

Yay, new instant print camera. Boo, it's not FP100 or FP3000.

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Re: Leica is making an instant-print camera

Post by Captain Slack » Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:47 am

Unfortunately, Instax is pretty much the only game in town when it comes to instant print film.

[Edit: Oops! Forgot about The Impossible Project! Probably because I can't afford their stuff, either.]

I'd love to see what kind of images this thing produces. I've used both types of Instax cameras and think the film itself is nice. It's ruined by the crappy plastic lenses the Fuji cameras use.

I can assume two things about this camera: it will have a real glass lens and will be priced too high for me to justify buying it.

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Post by LarryD » Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:18 pm

If we all saw the world the same no one would need a camera.

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Post by Julio1fer » Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:15 pm

I thought it was April 1st. But it is not. I actually went to the Leica site to check.

Leica is doing a consumer instant camera, and promoting it with the retro look of a VW van. Heck, I learnt how to drive in one of those. The van, I mean. not the Leica. It was a much older model than the one in the video, though.

Sofort means "immediately" or "instantly" or a meaning close to that, in German.

It is darn expensive for what it is, not to speak of the film, but at last we can see a Leica for the (retro) masses.

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Post by PFMcFarland » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:25 pm

The first truly affordable Leica in a long time. Should actually sell pretty good. It even has the little mirror first introduced on a Minolta Disc camera for taking selfies.

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Re: Leica is making an instant-print camera

Post by LarryD » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:42 pm

And it has a red dot. :)
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Re: Leica is making an instant-print camera

Post by Brazile » Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:53 am

Also new55, which is also expensive.

I also learned to drive in a VW bus. 1970 Transporter II. Miss that thing, despite its near inability to get to 60 without a tailwind.

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Re: Leica is making an instant-print camera

Post by LarryD » Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:43 am

It shoots the Mini film.
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Post by melek » Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:02 am

Brazile wrote:Also new55, which is also expensive.

I also learned to drive in a VW bus. 1970 Transporter II. Miss that thing, despite its near inability to get to 60 without a tailwind.

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I had a buddy who had a VW Beetle (from the 1970s), and he let me drive it. It had those "ankle breaker" pedals. Plus, the steering was shot on it. I don't know how we didn't end up dying in that car.

We picked up a few women, cruising around in it. Fun days back then. :)
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