Additional information on the new 35mm compact film camera from the Japan Camera Hunter

Some additional information on the new 35mm compact film camera from the Japan Camera Hunter:

  • the camera will be a premium compact
  • most likely with a collapsible lens
  • metal body design ("hopefully")
  • manual ISO selection
  • companion smartphone app with full remote control capabilities, viewfinder information and settings
  • custom modes, user profiles, some form of fixed-focus mode and definitely no auto-on flash
  • camera and app expected to be ready for testing in late 2018

Via Emulsive

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  • J L Williams

    …because there aren’t enough used 35mm cameras available on the market…”

    • Well, his point is that in 10 years most of them will be broken or gone.

      • Cynog

        I have an 80 year old Leica IIIa that still works fine.

        • spam

          I’m sure it does, and you can get a new Leica for 35mm film too if you can afford it.

          But take a look at B&H. There are one SLR (F6) and two rangefinder brands, Voigtlander and Leica. The cheapest Voigtlander is around $800, and that’s without a lens – and basically manual everything.

          Anyone who want to try 35mm film in a small, not too expensive, but good quality camera wont find anything new, and the used ones keep getting older and older.

          It’s difficult for me to understand why people still want film, but quite a few seem to do and I’d expect there is a market for something like a Ricoh GR1, one of the tiny Olympus models or one of Nikon’s fixed focal length TI-models. Maybe something with a 35-70 good quality zoom too.

          But it would be much easier and cheaper for one of the big companies to revive an existing design than to start completely from scratch. It’s difficult to believe that a startup would be able to design the camera and the lens and get it produced unless they are prepared to spend a lot of money without any hope of ever recovering the spending.

          • Les

            Reviving an existing design would be cheaper, provided that the tooling is still available, and the lens can be built using currently-available glass types.
            If not, then they will need to re-design everything anyway.

          • spam

            Tooling might be gone, but a company with a current production line and optics design department would still have a huge advantage even if they have to adjust the design somewhat.

          • They don’t have to spend a lot of money – they can go on Kickstarter.

          • spam

            I assume they plan to use Kickstarter, but most Kickstarter supporters want something back and they still need a profitable product if they want to keep making it over a five to ten year period – or more.
            Anyway, I wish them luck with the project. It’s just difficult to see that there are enough customers to make it profitable.

  • Fingers crossed. I’d like to test it and then buy it. I’m curious about the lens quality (curious, not sceptic).

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