Reflex is the first new 35mm camera in a long time

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In a time when every new camera has to have 4K or image stabilization comes Reflex, a new camera that doesn't even have a digital sensor... because it's a 35mm camera. 

Before we go any further you need to know that this beauty is a Kickstarter project. The company has already far exceeded their goal and fundraising ends soon. This is just so you don't get your hopes up that Reflex is really a secret offshoot company of Nikon or Canon (why won't they do that?). Here are the camera's claimed specs:


    • Type: Single Lens Reflex Camera
    • Format: 135 film, 35mm/FF
    • System: Reflex RM
    • Lens Mount: Reflex I-Plate (in M42, Nikon F, Canon FD, Olympus OM, Pentax PK) 
    • Focus: Manual
    • Film Loading: Reflex I-Back 
    • Film Advance/Rewind: Manual, Double Stroke
    • Exposure: Manual - Aperture Priority (+ 4 stops EV) 
    • DOF: Inverted Preview
    • Viewfinder: x0.86 Magnification, +90% Coverage, Glass Pentaprism 
    • Shutter Speeds: 1s - 1/4000th, Time and Bulb, Flash Sync: 1/125th
    • Metering: AV + Spot + 4 stops EV (LED readout)
    • ISO: 25-6400
    • Controller: Arduino Based, Modular Design
    • Connectivity: Bluetooth (BLE) Enabled 
    • Body: Magnesium Alloy
    • Body Weight: 490g
    • Dimensions: 134mm x 74.5mm x 34mm
    • Electronic system: 5v Input, Ion Lithium Rechargeable via USB-C
    • Resolution: Zero Megapixels

The potential of this camera is off the charts... as it's modular. What does that mean for a 35mm camera? First of all is the interchangeable i-mount system. Instead of having to use an adaptor to use different kinds of lenses, you can swap out the lens plate for a universal M42 mount, Nikon F, Olympus OM. Canon FD and Pentax PK and Minolta mount!

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Imagine the possibilities. There's an ocean of amazing vintage lenses out there begging to be brought back to life. Now imagine you can use them natively. No wonky adapters, each plate is configured for the right focal distance from the lens to the film. Not only that, the entire back comes off like a mag on a 35mm motion picture camera.

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This design allows a photographer to have multiple backs in their camera bag if they wanted with different kinds of film or just to have another ready and loaded when one cashes out. It's a really smart design. 

The camera is also loaded with all kinds of perks like App connectivity and not one but two lights on the front. One is a flash and the other is an LED light that can be used as a continuous light when shooting instead of zapping everyone with the flash. Here's the camera broken down into it's three modular components.  

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But what do the pictures look like is what you may be asking? Well, here are some prototype shots for you to judge for yourself.

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                 (Photo by Instagram@keymea.yaz shot on Fujicolor C200 using a 50mm f1.8 Olympus Zuiko MC)

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(Agfa Vista Plus 200. Still a lot of light leaks and some shutter sync issues, but still this is a big step! - Portrait: Tim by Naomi Blair Gould )

SOURCE: REFLEX (via Kickstarter)