The Mint Time Machine

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This is part of where the magic happens, this little box of tricks plugs into the SLR670, where the flash bar would normally go. This then allows you to control the shutter speeds of the camera, select bulb mode, T mode and auto mode for 600 and SX-70 films.

No batteries required. The Mint Time Machine is powered via the film batteries, just like the rest of the camera. If you are not familiar with the SX-70 model camera, then you may be unaware that it has no batteries. When you pop a new ‘roll’ cartridge of film into the camera, each film pack has little batteries built into it. So as long as you have spare film to go in the camera you always have power.

Once you plug the Time machine into the camera, it forces it into a fixed aperture of f/8. You can then use a light meter to meter your shot and get your exposure accurate. Or if you are in a rush you can just stick it on auto and let it decide on the exposure for you.

The only negative I have found so far is that if you have the Time machine plugged in, you have no option for flash. I have messaged Mint Camera’s to ask if it’s possible fro a future version to stick a mini plug socket in the side. Then you could just attach a Pocket Wizard (or your trigger of choice) into the side and then you can use your studio flashes or speed lights to have a bit more fun.

Any film you buy needs to be stored in the fridge. Then take it out a few hours before needed and let it come to room temp. The ambient temperature can have a big impact on how well the exposure comes out, too hot or too cold can ruin/enhance depending on how you look at it, your photo.

The SLR670-s. It is an absolutely stunning camera. A figures and thumb on the humped bit allows you to open the camera.

Keep pulling and then a gentle push on the front of the camera allows it to lock into place, ready for action.

To close the camera, a gentle push on the support bar allows the camera to collapse back to it’s compact state.

To open the film drawer, there is a little yellow and black button, gently depressing this flips the from portion of the camera open allowing you to remove or insert a film pack. Once a film pack has been inserted you need to leave it in until you have finished it. Otherwise you will expose the film if you take it out. The only way to swap it is if you have a film loading bag. You can then pop the camera into the bag unload the film and reinsert the dark slide to protect the film. It would be best to pop it back into a case as well.

To be continued…

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