The Reflex manual film SLR camera coming to Kickstarter on November 7th

The Reflex manual film SLR camera I reported about a few weeks ago will be officially launched on Kickstarter on November 7th (the Kickstarter price will be £399):

We are proud to announce that on 7 November we are launching a Kickstarter campaign for the Reflex I.

Reflex is the first newly designed manual 35mm SLR camera system in over 25 years and the first of 3 products to update, innovate and sustain the 35mm photographic ecosystem.

Developed by the team behind If You Leave, Reflex combines the design and function of a classic SLR with updated technology.


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  • hmmm.

  • Troll Warlord

    I’ll wait for the rangefinder version.

    • vwking

      I think you can still get a new Voigtlander Bessa 35mm rangefinder camera from all the major vendors. I’m using a 1960’s Leica M3. One in good working condition is readily available at about the same price as the Voigtlander. Plenty of M-mount lenses to choose from.

  • Spy Black

    All the idiots who buy this can then load it up with Dubblefilm…

    • Spoken like a true idiot yourself!

      • Spy Black

        You’re obviously one of the idiots hot for this.

        • Feable minds would like to try to understand, what is your justification for being so offended by this product that you deem anyone interested an idiot?

          • Spy Black

            Um, common sense?

          • Us idiots don’t have any common sense but are desperate to be enlightened by you. Can’t you take pity on us and support your disparaging remarks so that we may see the light?!

          • Spy Black

            I just did.

          • Oh oh! You’re right! I DO see the light! I am an idiot and all people who disagree with you are idiots so there’s no need to actually back up anything you say because idiots can’t even comprehend your absolute brilliance, I get it! Well preach on Spy Black, preach on! I will certainly never buy a new film camera and I won’t even question your supremely articulated reasoning! What else can you advise me about how to live?!

          • Spy Black

            I’m glad you’ve seen the light. Carry on…

  • Chur Chill

    All new as in new mount and their own lenses?

  • doge

    is it 1975?

    • What a clever joke! You are so current and knowledgable of trends! You’re right! There’s absolutely no technology from decades past that anyone uses anymore! Things like wheels and tables and forks. Things of the past! Totaly useless today!

      • doge

        Lol. How much money is Reflex paying you to defend their dumb product online? Your shill is showing.

        • I’d be happy to be on their payroll! Nice job proving that you’re more creative than your initial comment though! Or do you actually think everyone who disagrees with you is paid to do so?

  • Mistral75
    • I updated my post already 🙂

  • Klaus123

    What is the real benefit compared to a e.g. Pentax K1000? – 350£
    can buy you 5-8 of used, old cameras.

    • The benefit is buying a new, reliable camera, potentially with modern features. We can’t just keep using cameras from the 1970’s forever.

      • Daryl

        Those beautiful cameras from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s. Too numerous to list, but here’s a few: Nikon F2, Canon F1, Minolta Srt-101, Pentax Spotmatic, Leica R6, Mamiya 1000DTL, Topcon RE. All these cameras will last well into this century.

        • Daryl, I admire your optimism but I’ve been shooting with classic cameras for nearly 20 years and I’ve seen dozens of SRT-101’s that are jammed beyond simple repair, Spotmatics with bad meters that good, vintage specialist repair shops turn down service on, and Mamiya SLR’s? You want 5? I have a pile of them in my basement that are jammed and/or broken and cost more in time and parts than I personally enjoy them to pursue.

          Nikon F2’s, Canon F1’s, yes, they will last but ONLY if they are CLA’d every 15 or 20 years. Who’s going to do that? It’s hard to find a shop to take them now much less two decades from now!

          Leica R6? Given Leica’s track record with electronics, I’ll pass that gamble over to someone with deeper pockets and more optimism than myself.

          All these cameras are brilliant but living on borrowed time, many have already bitten the dust. By building new mechanical cameras, businesses will need to hire and train service technicians to support their products. It’s our responsibility as film photographers to get what we have serviced and start dipping our toes into new offerings as possible and sensible.

          To do anything less is to pass on broken trash to our kids.

          • Daryl

            Leica M4?
            That’s an interesting take, and sure cameras break from usage and age. The point is that I’d rather (just my opinion) use one of these classics rather than an unknown from kickstarter. With that said, I hope they succeed with great longevity, it’s great to have choices.

          • M4 has a cloth shutter that will age into Swiss cheese over several decades. Not to mention the need for RF calibration.

            No mechanical device can last forever.

            All but Leica have stopped making solid, mechanical 35mm cameras. Support what is available now or history will keep repeating, more 35mm cameras will continue to cease to be made and eventually function. It’s really very simple.

  • Conroy Kim

    whats the mount?

    • We don’t know yet.

    • MB

      They are using Super Takumar 55mm/1.8, so from that and from the drawing, and also because it would be the most logical choice I think it is M42 …

  • I’d rather have someone like Fujifilm do a new Klasse line-up. Compact stills camera. Or digital: Ricoh updating the GRII to come with weathersealing (let’s be honest: dustproofing!!), a rangefinder and tilting touchscreen.

    But we’re seeing more and more of these projects. Most just gimmicky, others have a nice idea of bringing a classic back to life, but the price doesn’t make it interesting at all, especially if you can have just about any original classic for a bargain. Hopefully one day in the near future, there’s a project that’s actually deserving of a crowd that backs it. Now it’s just hippidy hipsters that don’t know how how hard to throw their money at these projects. Everybody is licencing themselves names and releasing schtuff.

    • hibbidy hipsters?! Get off my lawn kid!

      • Are you one of those that sat at a Starbucks browsing the web on their Macbook coming across the Yashica crowdfunding campaign and backed it?

        • Do you see yourself as a 2 dimensional stereotype too, or do you reserve that view for everyone you disagree with?

          • If you’re willing to include the self-reflection of calling me a ‘kid’ that needs to scram as one too, then sure, I guess we all are.

  • Планетянин Землянин

    Where is the hot shoe?

  • WillWeaverRVA

    …or just find a good Pentax K1000 or Canon AE-1 for a fraction of the price. Seriously, this is a bit idiotic.

    • Your comment is idiotic. Those cameras are decades old and many have not been maintained properly. In order for those of us who shoot film to continue shooting film, we need working cameras.

    • The notion that all film photographers should just use aging, antique cameras is idiotic. Those cameras are a fraction of the price of a new mechanical camera because the vast majority of them are being sold by individuals who are not servicing them prior to sale. In order for those of us who shoot film to continue shooting film, we need working cameras.

  • Let’s hope this is just one of many new film cameras on their way. While the film manufacture industry is being joined by new players almost weekly the future of analogue photography’s biggest danger is the eventual demise of the cameras required to shoot those new films. Gradually the people with the skills to maintain and service vintage cameras are retiring (and, let’s face it, dying) – we sorely need new models and new companies with the infrastructure to give their products longevity.

    Film photography in the age of digital will probably never be more than a niche, but the availability of new cameras, created with modern techniques, designs and reliability will help to expand it as far as it’s able to go.

  • Mistral75

    Now on Kickstarter:

    – Interchangeable lens mount and daylight interchangeable film back

    I-Plates (£35 each) are available for M42 (standard), Canon FD, Nikon F, Olympus OM and Pentax K mounts.

    – Both flash and continuous (LED) onboard light sources
    – Film Advance/Rewind: Manual
    – Exposure: Manual – Aperture Priority (+ 4 stops EV)
    – Shutter Speeds: 1s – 1/4000th, Time and Bulb
    – Metering: AV + Spot + 4 stops EV
    – Controller: Arduino-based modular design
    – Connectivity: Bluetooth (BLE) enabled
    – Body: Magnesium Alloy
    – Weight: 490g
    – Dimensions: 134mm x 74.5mm x 34mm
    – Electronic system: 5v Ion Lithium rechargeable via USB-C
    – Shipping to commence in August 2018.

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