Ilford revives its 1960s Sprite 35 film camera after 60 years

Dec 15, 2020

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Ilford revives its 1960s Sprite 35 film camera after 60 years

Dec 15, 2020

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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If you’ve been feeling a little nostalgic about simpler times and simpler cameras, Ilford has something you might like. The company is launching Sprite 35-II – a cheap, reusable 35mm film camera. Its retro style comes from its predecessor, Sprite 35, and Ilford just gave it new life 60 years later.

Just like the original Sprite 35 from the 1960s, its modern version will also be a simple point-and-shoot camera. You won’t have to fiddle with it too much: just load the film and you’re good to go. Use the lever to move through each exposure and to rewind the film when it’s done. The new Sprite 35-II has a fixed shutter speed of 1/120 s and a 31mm, single element f/9 fixed-focus lens. There’s also a small built-in flash with a 15-second recycle time. If you remember 35mm point-and-shoot cameras from the second half of the 20th century, you know that this doesn’t help all that much, but it’s a nice touch nevertheless.

The original Ilford Sprite 35

The Ilford Sprite 35-II weighs 122 grams, with dimensions of 119mm x 67 mm x 44mm. It will be available in two versions: black and black and silver, both priced at a modest $34.95. It should start shipping in January 2021.

[via Digital Camera World, Photo Rumors]

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3 responses to “Ilford revives its 1960s Sprite 35 film camera after 60 years”

  1. emjaysea Avatar
    emjaysea

    You can get a used Nikon F3HP for about a hundred bucks that will work flawlessly until the end of time. Just saying.

    1. MegaNickels Avatar
      MegaNickels

      I dunno I have a regular Nikon f3 that burnt out not too long ago. I put it in my camera bag a year ago and developed the film that was in it and the shots turned out pretty good. tried shooting with it 4 months ago and it would not shoot. It won’t get any power from the battery for some reason :(
      the shutter lever that fires the shutter at 1/60th of a second still works though.

    2. Rick Scheibner Avatar
      Rick Scheibner

      I get your point, but I think this is more of a ‘fun’ camera for grab-and-go shooting. It kind of sits in between a toy camera and an SLR. Although, depending on what quality of the lens, it likely is closer to the toy camera. I will probably pick one up once they’re available.