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Every Photography Lover Should Not Miss This: Twin-Lens Instant Camera InstantFlex TL70

Every Photography Lover Should Not Miss This: Twin-Lens Instant Camera InstantFlex TL70

The world’s first ever twin lens instant camera is almost on the market, and its unique blend of old world and new is sure to entice a wide audience.

Hong Kong based company MiNT, known for refurbishing old Polaroid cameras, have engineered the InstantFlex TL70. Knowing that retro is hip(ster), MiNT designed the camera to resemble the twin lens cameras of yore, with the viewfinder on top and the lenses stacked.

As the website boasts, the TL70 “is your personal time machine.” The company’s cadre of geeks spent five years designing this camera and, from the soft leather finish and brush chromium metallic frame, every bit is an homage to Polaroid’s legacy.

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Indeed, the company believes it is carrying on Polaroid founder Edwin Land’s legacy in creating the InstantFlex. It says that it is aiming this camera to those with a designer’s eye for instant film as well as photographers who appreciate the “magic of instance.”

The twin lens camera, around for the last 150 years, was meant to make shooting faster and easier by allowing a second viewfinder lens to match the focus of the shooting lens. The photographer could look down into the camera and focus while the camera sat at waist height.

The camera resembles the classic Rolleiflex line, and even uses an identical diffusion screen to frame and focus shots. Even the name, TL70, is meant to pay homage to the Rollei twin lens cameras as well as Polaroid’s SX-70 instant camera series.

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This comes after the company behind Rolleiflex cameras recently liquidated its factory at auction. Perhaps this is what the company means when it says it is “keeping the legend alive.”

Amateurs will love the simplicity of use. A built-in light meter detects ambient light to ensure proper exposure, or with a press of the B Mode button photographers can keep the shutter open for extraordinary night shots.

For indoor use, the TL70 comes with a built-in flash, also accessible with the touch of a button. All you need is two AA batteries to start shooting. And, of course, the instant print out of the picture will make it a party favorite.

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But professional photographers were not forgotten in the making of this camera. While most instant cameras use two shutter blades, the TL70 uses five, which gives photographers greater control over aperture. The camera can focus as close as 48 centimeters, and even has a bokeh feature, a noncircular aperture whose shape is a unique “hidden easter egg” for each camera.

To under or over expose a shot at your leisure, there’s also the EV switch which changes the shutter speed by one full stop. LED lights next to the display window indicate the camera’s exposure, with green light indicating proper exposure and red light indicating that the shot is either over or under exposed.

The result is stunning visual representations never before seen in instant form.

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And because the InstantFlex is also 30 percent thinner than the average twin lens camera, it makes it your new best friend for on-the-go shooting.

Another great feature is that, unlike other instant cameras on the market like the FujiFilm Instax Mini, which requires a special kind of film, the TL70 works with all instant films, size 54 x 86 mm.

All this for $323, once the camera goes on sale. There has been a “coming soon” button on the website since March, so fingers crossed it’s up for grabs before summer is here to get all those boat, beach and barbecue shots.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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