Film 35 is yet another solution that converts your old film camera into digital

Oct 8, 2018

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Film 35 is yet another solution that converts your old film camera into digital

Oct 8, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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There have been plenty of analog-digital blends in the market. From I’m Back digital back for SLR cameras, to Yashica Y35 with faux film roll, which raised over $1 million on Kickstarter. Now there’s another Kickstarter campaign promising to breathe a new life into your old analog camera. Check out Film35, the latest invention that turns your film camera into a digital one and even gives it a “vintage feel.”

The Film35 resembles the Yashica Y35, considering that it also uses a faux film cartridge. However, this “digital film” will fit “all major analogue cameras,” the inventors promise. It has a CMOS sensor, micro memory card, battery, and Wi-Fi connectivity, which gives a pretty… unusual twist to our old and dusty film camera.

When you insert the film cartridge into the camera, you can adjust EV and ISO by connecting it through a mobile device. At the same time, a custom-made mobile app lets you shoot photos that have characteristics of familiar film types. The Film35 App has six preset film styles, with an option to unlock three more, depending on the pledge you make. The team is currently developing more film styles and promise to launch them in the near future.

Here’s how the Film35 works:

Film35 is one of many ideas for reviving old film cameras and merging film with digital. Devices like this date back to the 1990s. And there are also some creative and skillful people who DIY-ed it. And in my opinion, all these ideas seem pretty interesting. Devices like Film35 aren’t something I’d constantly use, but I would like to try them out at least.

If you like the solution Film35 is offering, you can make a pledge on Kickstarter. A standard set costs $273 and includes a Film35device, a keychain, a camera strap, and a postcard. If the project gets funded, the shipping will begin in December 2019.

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6 responses to “Film 35 is yet another solution that converts your old film camera into digital”

  1. Wouter Anquer Avatar
    Wouter Anquer

    Some concerns:
    – it’s obviously got a considerable crop factor, at least APS-C, maybe even smaller.
    – There is no way they have a sensor construction as thin as 35mm film. This could have the following possible issues:
    1) it will protrude somewhat into the mirror box, so care needs to be taken about not hitting the shutter curtain.
    2) you may lose Infinity focus.
    3) focus plane is shifted so you may never get pin sharp photos.
    4) unable to close the camera back, as seen in the first video.

    Taking this in mind, I highly doubt any of the photos in their kickstarter page were taken with, or even could be taken with the Film 35 device even if fully developed.

    1. Matthias Avatar
      Matthias

      I guess you could get a little space for the sensor by removing that plate that presses the film into place from the film door – in mist cameras it is not even screwed in place and can be easily removed / place back. But still. By the look of it there is indeed a lot of cropping involved. I’d love to get a device like that with a 35mm sensor, but I don’t see any hope of getting it in the near future… I guess it’s pretty fun to build that at home from scratch, but it takes more than that for something to become a meaningful commercial effort. Oh well, if they can sell it… whatever floats their boat.

  2. Graeme Simpson Avatar
    Graeme Simpson

    I think the video could be better to prove the concept is actually tangible.
    That tiny sensor is great as what looks like a little home/bedroom project but an actual close to working example would make me get my wallet out in a heart beat

  3. Boris AIME Avatar
    Boris AIME

    I believe this is a great idea and it will find its customers in the scuba diving photography market.
    There are thousands of divers who can’t use their 35 mm cameras any more. Althrought the Nikonos lenses, especially the 15 mm remains unequaled in undewater world. Even the latest digital housings can’t compete with these Nikonos lenses. If this digital film is going onto the market, it will for sure meet its public, at least in the underwater community.
    As long as it doesnt take more rom than a 35mm film (everybody can remove the 2 pieces that are pushing the film towards the box).
    Here is your market guys !

  4. Tej Avatar
    Tej

    Kodak Provia 400?

  5. Fred Walton Avatar
    Fred Walton

    The video is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard still haven’t got a clue how it works.