Reflex is a new brand aiming to give 35mm film photographers a new camera option instead of going with a dated SLR design (the 13-year-old Nikon F6) or buying in the used market. But it’s not just a rehash of the classic film SLR design. Users can change film using a special “I-Back” system, and even change out the lens mount quickly and easily.The system was designed with the principle of being “entirely open source, giving photographers the freedom to personalize a camera system,” says the Reflex camera’s designer and company founder Laurence Von Thomas in a video created to launch the company’s Kickstarter campaign.
The system borrows pages from medium format designs and the cinema works with the I-Back system and interchangeable lens mounts. The I-Back is a changeable film back that lets photographers use one film for one part of a shoot, and change out to another already loaded film in another back. The I-Plate system allows users to change lens mounts entirely, so while the camera ships with an M42 mount plate, in theory, alternative mounts should allow other popular formats such as Nikon F or Canon FD (side note: why can’t someone invent a digital camera that can do this?)
Some features that aren’t on any used camera out there are two lighting systems on one camera, a flash and an LED light with three different intensity levels, giving users the option to use continuous lighting. The lights are positioned on the top right and top left parts of the camera, which at a glance could be mistaken for a Pentax K1000 or a Nikon FM10.
If the company hits the stretch goal of $197,535 dollars, they’ll work on hardware and create an app that can log metadata as pictures are taken. No more small notebooks needed to write that all down. Their current goal is $131,693 and they seem well on their way to getting there, with the project half-funded in only a day.
The early bird specials for the camera are $458 without a lens and $574 with a refurbished prime lens, with an estimated delivery time of August 2018. You can see some photos shot with the Reflex over on the company’s Instagram page.