Ilford Sprite 35-II reusable 35mm film point-and-shoot camera officially announced, available for pre-order

The Ilford Sprite 35-II film camera I reported about in December last year is now officially announced and available for pre-order at B&H. Here is everything you need to know:

Key features:

  • Optical Lens: 31mm, F=9 , 1 element
  • Focusing: Focus Free, 1m – ∞
  • Shutter Speed: Shutter 1 / 120s
  • Flash: Built-in Flash Push Switch – 15s recycle time
  • Film Format: 135 Film (24x36mm) ISO 200 / 400
  • View Finder: Field = 70%

Technical Specifications

OPTICAL LENS 31mm, F=9 , 1 element
FOCUSING Focus Free, 1m – ∞
SHUTTER SPEED Shutter 1 / 120s
FLASH TIME Built-in Flash Push Switch – 15s recycle
FILM TRANSPORT: Manual wind and rewind
FILM FORMAT: 135 Film (24x36mm)  ISO 200 / 400
VIEW FINDER: Field = 70%
STRAP: Wrist strap included
POWER SOURCE: 1AAA – Alkaline Battery (required)
WEIGHT: 122 grams
DIMENSIONS: 119 (W) x 67 (H) x 44 (D) mm

Product description:

The Ilford Sprite 35-II a fun and affordable way to jump into analogue photography!

There are plenty of good reasons why some love the authentic look and feel of film-generated photographs; there’s also the discipline of having only 24 or 36 exposures to work with, and the anticipation of having a roll developed. Then there’s the desire to slow down from the relentless pace of digital technology and instant gratification

Back in the 1960s, few cameras were easier to use and more affordable than the Sprite 35. Forget shutter speeds, aperture, or light meters – just load a roll of film, hit the shutter button, and press the film lever. It was an attractive camera for people who wanted to capture a few snaps without fussing about the right settings.

The Ilford Sprite 35-II continues that heritage and will meet the needs of people experimenting with 35mm film and looking for a camera that’s ‘no frills’ simple. It’s a step up from disposable cameras, and being re-usable, it won’t create extra waste.

The camera has a fixed shutter speed (1/120s) with a 31mm, single element f9 fixed-focus wide-angle lens, perfect for capturing most well-focused daylight scenes, and also features a built-in flash with a 15-second recycle time for night time shooting.

Users can load the Sprite 35-II with their favorite film, whether its colour negative or black and white, allowing them to capture quick snapshots or moody monochrome scenes. The camera has a manual film advance winding lever to move through each exposure and rewind the roll when the film is finished.

It’s extremely lightweight and compact, weighing just 122 grams, with dimensions of 119mm (W) x 67 (H)mm x 44mm (D). It will be available in Black and Black & Silver versions.

Here is the translated press release:

Spring promotion: New camera and inkjet photo paper in a bundle
ILFORD revives the popular retro film camera from 1964 and introduces the new »ILFORD Sprite 35-II«

Ilford Imaging Europe, Bergisch Gladbach, February 2021

Ilford presents a bundle consisting of Ilford media and the new retro camera: "ILFORD Sprite 35-II." The reusable 35mm compact film camera pays homage to the original "ILFORD Sprite 35" from the 1960s.

Back to the roots: focus on the essentials while slowing down hectic-free
In the 1960s, few cameras were easier to use and more affordable than the Sprite 35. Regardless of shutter speed, aperture, or exposure meter, all you had to do was insert a film, press the shutter button and pull the film lever. This camera was attractive to users who wanted to take snapshots without worrying about the correct settings. Due to the limited number of recordings, it was common at the time to be patient and focus on the essentials.

The Ilford Sprite 35-II continues this legacy. It meets the needs of people experimenting with 35mm film and looking for a camera that is "no frills" easy to use. It is an advance over single-use cameras because it is reusable and does not create additional waste. All in all, it offers a highly interesting and inexpensive opportunity to get into analog photography and experience the fine grain of silver-based photographs.

“We know that users of analog cameras give a large part of the film for development and then also receive files from their negatives. That is why the camera will also be available as a bundle with selected inkjet photo papers. In this way, the user can print out his analogue photos at home, ”says Karsten Goltz, General Manager at Ilford.

ILFORD Sprite 35-II in detail
The camera has a 31 mm wide-angle lens with a fixed shutter speed (1 / 120s) and aperture (f9) for a depth of field of one meter to infinity, as well as a built-in flash with a 15-second repetition time. Users can equip the Sprite 35-II with their favorite film, regardless of whether it is color negative or black and white, and thus take quick snapshots or atmospheric scenes. The camera has a lever for manual film advance. With the fold-out rewind crank, the film is returned to the film canister after exposure.

The camera is very light and compact, with a weight of 122 grams and dimensions of 119 mm (W) x 67 mm (H) x 44 mm (D). It will be available in Black and Black & White versions.

Price, availability and scope of delivery
The bundle of inkjet photo papers and Ilford Sprite 35-II will be available from partner Tecco at the beginning of March. The recommended retail price for the bundle - you can choose between Satin Photo for black and white and color or Mono Silk Warmtone for black and white - is approx. EUR 65, - for the camera approx. EUR 45, - including VAT. Schoolchildren and students receive a school or university discount.

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