Chinese camera startup Nonce has come out with its second camera. The Nons SL660 is an interchangeable lens SLR with a Canon EF mount, and uses the widely available Fujifilm Instax Square film.
Thanks to 147 backers on Kickstarter, the Instax Mini-based Nons SL42 was made possible. Building on its success, the new SL660 costs $599 (approx. £537 / AU$953) and uses the larger square film format. The optics in the camera allow any full-frame EF lens to be enlarged to medium format, so that its image circle fills the entire film space.
The featured Canon EF mount is ‘passive’ with no electronic contacts, so older Canon vintage optics with manual focus and aperture rings are suitable. Although the native mount is EF, you can easily use the adapter with Nikon F, M42, Pentax K / PK and Contax-Yashica / CY other optics that can be purchased as a package with the camera. There’s also a 50mm f/1.8 lens that can be bought for an extra $50 (£45 / AU$80).
Regarding lens selection, Nunes had this to say: “The amount of vignetting is very subjective to the optical structure of the lens. According to our tests, lenses with focal lengths of 28mm-58mm work best. Longer focal lengths (such as telephoto lenses and medium format lenses) tend to select a smaller image field and It may have a rectangular vignette.
Nons is said to have improved craftsmanship with the new SL660. The main body is now made of CNC-anodized aluminum alloy, and the speed dial is made of stainless steel with a polished finish. The shutter speed dial can be set from 1/250 sec to 1 sec, bulb mode can also be entered, and there’s a hot shoe for an external flash, which works with flash sync.
The Reflex mirror has also been redesigned to achieve a smaller form factor than the previous SL42, but with shorter shutter lags. A wooden handle has been featured to improve comfort and handling while handling.
The Nons SL660 also has an integrated 3200mAh Li-ion battery that charges via USB-C. It is said to last for 100 shots per charge, and is compatible with USB power banks. Film development takes about three minutes.
The SL660 Nons SL660 will soon make its way to the market after reaching its ¥5 billion target (33,000 / £29,600 / AU$52,400). Visit the Collective Fund page (Opens in a new tab) or the official website (Opens in a new tab) For more information.
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