Instant photography has been literally a renaissance in recent years, and Fujifilm, the manufacturer of Instax cameras, has contributed to its development.
Hong Kong-based startup NONS has developed the SL42 camera, which creators say, is the first SLR (single-lens reflex) camera for instant photography that supports interchangeable lenses with an M42 mount. Instax technology is the basis of the device that is currently being crowdfunded through the Kickstarter campaign.
The M42 lens mount thread is a relatively old solution that has been used by cameras since the 1940s. Thanks to the unique combination, it will be possible to enjoy an instant photo with all the features of the old lenses, which is definitely positive news. Most instant cameras do not have high-quality lenses, especially in terms of aperture.
The camera itself is designed as a classic manual SLR camera with manual focus, adjustable aperture, shutter speed control, multiple exposures, flexible adaptability for a cable release, and a hot shoe for external flash. Everything, of course, complemented by an optical viewfinder.
Operates with a pair of AA batteries, the NONS SL42 weighs 462 grams and measures 158 x 65 x 116 mm (width x depth x height). The camera can handle ten shutter speeds: 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1 second. In addition, there is a Bulb mode in which the shutter opens when the shutter button is pressed and remains open while the button is pressed. A hot shoe is included in the camera equipment for mounting the flash.
For a price of approximately $200, it is possible to support the campaign and get one piece of camera scheduled for delivery this August.