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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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5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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