Mating digital images with movie appears to me an alluring but finally quixotic endeavor; who doesn’t love the thought of a digicam that mixes the load and dealing with of a 35mm SLR with the comfort and precision of a digital one? But it has by no means been accomplished, and sure by no means can be. Reflex is the newest to strive, although, with a model new 35mm digicam constructed for the trendy, smartphone-toting photographer.
The concept behind the crowdfunding marketing campaign was to create a type of system-agnostic movie SLR. The Reflex’s modular construct means you possibly can swap out the lens mount for any of the majors: Canon, Nikon, Pentax and so forth. Larger lens choice is all the time good, however is that sufficient to make individuals wish to purchase in?
To sweeten the pot, the undertaking is providing as Kickstarter rewards (along with the digicam, after all) refurbished off-brand (however nonetheless well-known) lenses: a Helios-44 56mm f/2 and a Pentacon 50mm F/1.eight. It’s a enjoyable bonus and the outcomes ought to be fascinating.
The movie again is detachable as effectively, however it’s important to follow 35mm; you possibly can’t swap in 120 or one thing.
In entrance you have got an everyday flash but in addition an LED illuminator that provides a gentle gentle. That’s positively not one thing you discovered on SLRs within the ’70s, but it surely might show helpful.
Probably the most trendy element needs to be the Bluetooth unit. If the undertaking hits £150,000, an app can be developed that the digicam will sync its settings to, letting you already know precisely what settings you had for a given shot. I might have most popular an electronically activated shutter for time-lapse, app-triggered exposures, and so forth — however possibly that proved too exhausting to implement.
The magnesium alloy physique has a type of generic look to it, however I’m glad to see there’s a grip bump on the appropriate and a secondary shutter launch on the entrance. The viewfinder is a x0.86 magnification prism, however the focus glass fashion is “nonetheless beneath debate.”
However why purchase certainly one of these as an alternative of getting a used 35mm digicam nearly anyplace and utilizing that? I couldn’t actually inform you — they each seem to be completely good choices if you wish to shoot movie.
The benefit of the Reflex is after all its flexibility — it will be enjoyable for lens collectors — but in addition the truth that it’s new. Used cameras might need gentle leaks, outdated corroded batteries which can be out of manufacturing, creaky or rusty mechanisms and so forth — mint situation isn’t all the time an choice for those who don’t wish to pay high greenback. So for $450 you may get a Reflex and shoot movie on one thing assured to work effectively. A minimum of, as a lot of a assure as you may get with one thing from Kickstarter.
There could also be fascinating new equipment coming down the road as effectively: “a spread of accompanying equipment and expertise” are on the way in which, apparently. That’s assuming the crowdfunding effort succeeds, I think about — however at about 80 % funded in sooner or later, I’d say they’ve a great likelihood. On the very least it’s good to see individuals trying to bridge the analog/digital divide in images.