About

CARBON is a brand of Graphic Guides Design Company, founded in Hong Kong since 1995. We have created a novelty digital camera called “One Mini” in 2012, which is designed to resemble a pocket-sized version of Polaroid’s iconic SX-70 One Step Instant Camera. 6 years later, we have created another iconic camera -- the “Escura Instant-60s” which is 100% hand-powered, 100% manual, 100% analog, coated with a nostalgic retro outlook.

Instant photos are amazing as you can witness the image form gradually before your eyes. These delicate items are also wonderful gifts to be shared. Shake off the digital norms and take a step back for the original photographic experience. Let “ESCURA Instant-60s” instant camera fill your life with unpredictable beauty.
There is no re-take nor no post-production polishing. The full manual operation will produce a fantastic picture filled with strong saturated colors and soft vignetting in just seconds after pushing the shutter. Presenting the world of authenticity, the “ESCURA Instant-60s” camera brings you a care-free photography experience of nothing alike.

What is ESCURA Instant-60s Camera

  • A 100% hand-powered instant camera. Taking instant photos without batteries needed.
  • An unprecedented instant photographic experience using the most basic optical theory.
  • Vintage, portable design allows you to carry it around to capture precious moments.
  • Compatible with the commonly used Fujifilm Instax Mini instant film.

Why the Vintage 60s Design?

In the 1960s, technology was expanding rapidly alongside design and culture. Technology did not only inspired aesthetics designs but enabled us to embark on unprecedented explorations to enrich the texture of life. This included a rise in popularity of lucite and newly colored plastics used in a variety of products. Today, we embrace technological advances while feeling nostalgic about the retro technology of the past generation. The old-school aesthetics of industrial design is a timeless charm which pairs perfectly with the contemporary sleek technology, and inspires the “Escura Instant-60s Camera”. This is a fine representation of our appreciation for the 60’s design trends and desire for the most authentic photographic experience.

Why Kickstarter

The “Instant-60s Camera” is almost ready, but we still need more resources to improve the optics (the Lens) and assure its stable operation. Your contribution will help us improve the details, start the tooling and prepare for production. More importantly, we wish to have your comments and suggestions, which is why we choose to launch our project here at Kickstarter.

More than an Instant Camera

A vintage style external flash also is created to match the retro style of the Instant-60s
A vintage style external flash also is created to match the retro style of the Instant-60s
The external flash comes with a diffuser and colour gels
The external flash comes with a diffuser and colour gels
A flash bar (optional) can be installed for easier handling
A flash bar (optional) can be installed for easier handling

Just insert the film pack into the Instant-60s, then all is done and ready for shooting.


100% hand-powered to create your unique Instax Mini Photos.

We had tested the Instant-60s camera for several months and the followings are some test shots. (All test shots was taken from the Instant-60s and without any post-editing)
We had tested the Instant-60s camera for several months and the followings are some test shots. (All test shots was taken from the Instant-60s and without any post-editing)
Outdoor test shot without external flash
Outdoor test shot without external flash
Indoor test shot with external flash
Indoor test shot with external flash
Outdoor test shot without external flash, Long exposure with Tripod
Outdoor test shot without external flash, Long exposure with Tripod
Night shot without external flash, Long Exposure with Tripod
Night shot without external flash, Long Exposure with Tripod
Special Effect: Multi-exposure (left), Light-painting (right)
Special Effect: Multi-exposure (left), Light-painting (right)
External Flash: Colour Gel - Green (Left), Diffuser (Middle), Colour Gel - Orange (Right)
External Flash: Colour Gel - Green (Left), Diffuser (Middle), Colour Gel - Orange (Right)

Just a few steps.

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It takes only a single Escura Instant-60s camera to become a real project team at CARBON Headquarters in Hong Kong. Our pledge packages come in a variety. Take a look at the list below and pick your favorite! Please do not forget to send us a message if you have any difficulty picking a pledge. We will reply to you once you have picked one. Choosing one Escura Instant-60s camera already makes you a real project team at CARBON.

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Once you have finished choosing your pledge, added relevant shipping fees and click the “Pledge” button. Your pledge will then be processed. After the end of the campaign, we will send you a survey inquiring your shipping address, including a list of everything you have pledged for. Once you have replied, we will post your items as soon as they are ready. The money you have pledged will be reserved on your account, but it will be recorded only when the campaign has successfully completed.


No matter who you are, you will love the instant-60s camera

New with an instant camera?
It is the easiest way to pick up all the best analog tricks. You can control every shot straight away and create your own album as you go. Shooting with The Escura Instant-60s will make you stand out from the crowd.

Want to create something special and unique?
Welcome to the origin of analog photography. Shooting with an Escura Instant-60s is full of surprises. Let go of controls and embrace original photography with your bare hands. The magic is just a “click" away.

A photographic addict?
That is who we are and that is why we worked hard for almost a year to create the Escura Instant-60s. We create this simple and original instant camera so that you can capture vivid colors which stimulate your senses.

Digital man?
Take a short break from the digital world! Instant snaps taken with Escura Instant-60s are the real photographic experience. All instant photos can be shared with your friends, used for decoration, and even posted to your beloved’s post box.

 Specifications

  • Film: FUJIFILM Instant Film "instax MINI" (Purchased separately)
  • Picture Size: 46mm x 62mm
  • Lens: Fiber lens, f=60mm, 1:8
  • Aperture: f/8 / f11
  • Focusing: Manual Focusing (0.8m and beyond)
  • Shutter release: ~1/100sec, bulb shutter with Spring shutter release cable (optional)
  • Multi Exposure: Yes
  • Film Feeding Out: Manual (Hand Power)
  • Film Developing Time: Approximately 90 seconds (Varies depending on the ambient temperature)
  • Flash: External (Flash sold separately), Synchronize with Shutter release
  • Power Supply: Hand-powered (No battery required)
  • Others: Film pack confirmation window, tripod socket (Tripod sold separately)
  • Dimension: 90mm x 128mm x 83mm
  • Weight: 350g (without strap and film pack)

FREE shipment for Backers from Hong Kong and
50% Discount for Backers from Thailand.
We are collaborating with Backers Store (Hong Kong), AIRLAB (Bangkok) and Crazy Camera (Bangkok) for logistics services in our campaign. All fulfillment for backers from Hong Kong and Thailand will be delivered to their stores where you can pick them up.

Low Shipping cost with Tracking
We are collaborating with a fulfillment center which is experienced in providing secure and low-cost logistics services for our campaign.

Easy, Simple
Besides backers from Hong Kong and Thailand, we are consistent in the shipping cost. Just simply click on "other countries". Done!

Shipping schedule
The estimated time of the first shipping for early bird backers will be in February 2019. Hopefully, you can start a good Chinese New Year with the Escura Instant-60s Camera. Since the camera is equipped with many mechanical parts, production takes time. The 2nd shipping will take place as soon as March 2019. To quit waiting and enjoy sooner, come and choose your pledge now!

AIRLAB: Photographic processing, rental daylight studio, rental darkroom, photography school, and wet plate photography service.

BACKER STORES: An experiential store for crowd-funding projects from all around the world.

CRAZY CAMERA: All about passion and love in camera either in Film or Digital. They represent the Vintage lifestyle and analog lover.

VINTAGE CAMERA ONLINE: Vintage Camera online is a website dedicated to the magic world of Instant and Analogue photograph. You will also find in our shop a Fuji Instant film, current the best on the market in terms of price and quality. In addition to it we are going to stock different types of 35mm films and cameras: may analogue photography live long and prosper!

WINNER CONCEPT: With more than 20 years experience on sales marketing, Winner Concept has been a leading role in producing and distributing audio products, mobile gadgets and accessories to Asia market

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Risks and challenges

We are proud to create and launch the Carbon One Mini 6 years ago. Today, we are working very hard to bring the Escura Instant-60s Instant Camera to life and we are aware of the risks involved in such projects. We are dedicated to delivering a flawless instant camera that fulfills your expectations. Our commitment to excellence means that the first shipment is set to go in December. Although we work closely with our manufacturers to ensure everything runs smoothly, there are possibilities of unexpected delays in production or delivery. We promise to keep you informed every step of the way. We are fully ready to expand our camera collection from digital to instant and we are excited to share this experience with you on Kickstarter. We hope you will join us in making the Escura Instant 60s camera a reality!

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