I'm Back: Retrofit Your Old SLR to Digital

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I'm Back is an interesting product, currently raising money on Kickstarter. So how does it work?

It's actually pretty simple! A focusing screen is placed where normally there'd be a film roll, so instead of creating an image on the film the image is now created on a camera module located behind the body of the camera. The picture is then saved inside an sd memory card inside the back. The picture taken can be viewed either on the lcd display located at the back or on a normal smartphone/tablet and then transferred on your computer. 

All you have to do is:

  • Detach the rear cap from the camera (this works on most cameras between the 50s and the 80s)
  • Connect the body camera, use the screw tripod
  • Adjust the exposure "hole" to the camera module installed on the back (8mp camera)
  • Use bright lenses to not have dark edges. Use apertures f 1.2, 1.4, 2, 2.8 or 3.5. Smaller apertures may darken the edges.
  • Connect the Sync Flash cable from the camera to the case
  • CLEAN FOCUSING SCREEN SURFACE USING AIR AND MAKE A SOFT BRUSH IS REQUIRED. REMEMBER, THE FOCUSING SCREEN IS AS IF IT WERE THE "SENSOR" OF A DIGITAL CAMERA AND THEREFORE MUST ALWAYS BE CLEAN.
  • Set the exposure in "B" (Bulb) and you're ready to go!
  • Keep the shutter button pressed for 2-3 seconds
  • View the photo on the display or on your smartphone



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I wonder If you already own old cameras and lenses, why wouldn't you just use those lenses on a new camera? Here are the specs from I'm Back: 


  • Sensor: 16MP CMOS Panasonic
  • Lens:7G+IR F=2.5 f=3.0mm
  • Lens:Close-up
  • Video Resolution:UHD24(2880*2160) QHD30(2560*1440) 108OP60/30 720P120/60/30 VGA240
  • Picture Size: 20M 16M 12M 10M 8M 5M 3M VGA
  • Video Format:MP4 H.264 
  • Picture Format: JPG
  • Storage Capacity:Max 128G
  • USB interface:USB2.0 Display:2.0"capacitive touch screens
  • HDMI Output:yes
  • Auto White Balance:yes
  • Auto Eve :yes
  • WIFI : yes
  • Menu Language:EN FR ES PT DE IT CN RU JP
  • Battery:3.7V 1050mAh
What I'm back will have going for it is cost. On their Kickstarter, you can pre-order one fully assembled for about $207 dollars. That would make it more enticing. That's not a ton of money to be able to use your old gear again, but what does it look like? See for yourself.

Minolta Maxxum 35-70 + I'm Back™.jpg
(Minolta Maxxum 35-70 + I'm Back™)



Nikon F + 50mm f1.2 an I'm Back™.jpg
(Nikon F + 50mm f1.2 an I'm Back™)

Valencia 2 - 2017 - Nikon f 50mm f1.2 I'm Back™.jpg
(Valencia 2 - 2017 - Nikon f 50mm f1.2 I'm Back™)

I've gotta be honest, it looks pretty fun. It somehow captures that old film-look as well, not just the look of the lens... having said that. These pictures have been altered by a photo-editing program. It'd be nice to see a regular jpeg straight out of the lens

Before you rush out and invest, you need to know that this is the SECOND Kickstarter for "I'm Back". To quote their page:

"I'm Back™ launched a successful first prototype on Kickstarter that has been pledged by over 100 people throughout Aug 4 2016 - Oct 3 2016 and raised 325%. Thanks for anyone that an year ago helped our project on Kickstarter!
Now i'm trying again but this time i can finally deliver a finished mass-produced product to you, a good quality and low cost back for your analog cameras.
The old and original project now evolved and thanks to the help of our Brazilian technicians and our partnership with Yuyao Maxwin Electric Appliance S&T Co. Ltd. We're working together to create a high quality product with an Italian Design!"


For more information on all the models offered and "I'm Back's" full capabilities, check out their crowdfunding campaign, and remember, an investment doesn't promise receipt of a product. 


Source: KICKSTARTER