Leica is typically known for its highly engineered, high-end digital
cameras, so the SOFORT came as something of a pleasant Photokina
surprise. This instant camera offers several photo modes including
automatic, self-portrait, self-timer, sports, party & people and macro.
There’s a tiny mirror on the front of the camera to help you compose
your selfie. The camera features a 60mm f/12.7 lens (34mm in 35mm
equivalence) with a 1/400 sec. max shutter speed, optical viewfinder
and a 100-exposure battery life. If you want more manual control you’ll
be able to change focusing distance, turn the flash on or off, or increase/
decrease image brightness. The SOFORT works with both color and
black-and-white film, and the films are sold in packs of 10 with a double
pack of 20 available for color film. Leica is selling its own branded film
packs but the SOFORT also accepts Instax mini film. The camera is
available in orange, mint or white.
IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT I;;
After riding to the rescue of the last, abandoned
Polaroid film factory, the Impossible Project took
the next logical leap and developed an instant film
camera of its own. The I- 1 accepts Impossible’s 600
and I-type films. It has an autofocusing lens and
an LED ring flash that doubles as a film counter,
alerting you to the number of exposures you have
left. Thanks to Bluetooth, the I- 1 can pair with
your iPhone and tap a number of creative shooting
modes made possible by the Impossible Project’s
free app. Using the app, you can light paint, take
long exposures, take double exposures, manually
control camera settings (flash intensity, shutter
speed, focusing distance, etc.) as well as set the
camera to fire when your phone detects noise.
The SX- 70 may have been put to pasture by the
bankruptcy of Polaroid, but refurbished models can
still be had from the Impossible Project. The SX- 70
accepts Impossible SX- 70 instant film and has an
automatic variable shutter/aperture system. You
can focus on objects as close as 10. 2 inches away and
there’s a lighten/darken wheel to adjust exposure.
Given its refurb status, any SX- 70 you spring for
may show some wear and tear but the electronics
are repaired and the cameras are restored by hand.
Plus, they come with a one-year warranty.