Is it the right way to give a new life to old film cameras? Or is it a solution in search of a problem? The images below were published on Kickstarter – and as of Oct 4th, 100 people had actually subscribed.
What it looks like from the outside:
How it works
The simplest thing to do is to check the Kickstarter page of the project. A few interesting points: it’s a small sensor, paired with a small lens, capturing a picture of the image projected by the camera’s lens on a mat screen placed where the film would normally have been – the camera has to be set with the exposure in “B” (Bulb), and the shutter button has to be pressed for 2-3 seconds.
How it looks behind the curtain
The new and improved version
My take on it?
If you need a smartphone anyway, why not take the picture with the smartphone? And use the film camera for what it does best: shoot film.
It reminds me of previous attempts of marrying technologies which had nothing to do with each other…
The Leica Digital-Modul-R
The idea is not new. Leica even made a very serious and very expensive digital back for its R8 and R9 35mm SLRs. It was actually selling (probably in very small numbers) in 2003, for 4,500 Euros (in addition to the cost of the camera body, or course).
As almost any dSLR of the early years of this century, it did not capture the images full frame, but on a 10 Megapixel APS-C sensor. It was kludgy (if I remember the reviews of the time), but it worked. Look at the pictures taken by a Danish photographer: Thorsten Overgaard.