“I’m back” is back with an update on digital backs for film bodies

Sep 20, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

“I’m back” is back with an update on digital backs for film bodies

Sep 20, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Digital backs for old film bodies has been a dream for a lot of people who want to resurrect their favourite cameras of yesteryear. There have been a lot of promises and a lot of hype for various products over the years, too. One project who seems to actually be doing it, though, is I’m Back.

It’s been an interesting journey for I’m Back, and you can see how that journey has progressed from 2016’s initial idea to now on their website. But it’s the now that’s interesting. I’m Back digital backs are currently in production and will be exhibiting at Photokina 2018.

I’m Back works a little differently to the way many expected a digital back for film cameras to work. Instead of directly replacing the film plane with a sensor, it is a 35mm adapter, of sorts. The lens projects onto a focusing screen, and then a sensor records what’s on the focusing screen.

The specs are the same as we reported back in 2017 when the project launched on Kickstarter. But with production now started, I’m Back has released a list of cameras for which backs will be available.

I love the idea of the I’m Back digital back. It reminds me a lot of the old Kodak/Nikon collaborations, like the old DCS 400 series. That is to say, they’re kinda big and bulky and not very practical. But I bet they’re a cool fun toy to play with it.

If you’re heading to Photokina next week and want to check them out in person, you can find them in Hall 5.1, B003. If you can’t make it to Photokina but want to find out more, head on over to the I’m Back website.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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19 responses to ““I’m back” is back with an update on digital backs for film bodies”

  1. Filip Lomstar Łomnicki Avatar
    Filip Lomstar Łomnicki

    Where’s back for Zenith? ?

  2. Laurent Roy Avatar
    Laurent Roy

    Who not “just” put a fullframe sensor on the film plan ? I guess that adding high quality mirrors (and perfectly align them) isn’t really cheap… ?

    1. Kostas Avatar
      Kostas

      Believe it or not, it is cheaper than a full frame sensor.

    2. Ignasi Jacob Avatar
      Ignasi Jacob

      Maybe something like this?
      https://frankencamera.wordpress.com/

    3. Laurent Roy Avatar
      Laurent Roy

      Ignasi Jacob yes ! :-)

  3. Joao Cardoso Avatar
    Joao Cardoso

    Is it available to buy ? Tried to look in Amazon not there…

  4. Michael Selewach Avatar
    Michael Selewach

    Back for Pentax 6×7?

  5. Patrick Bourque Avatar
    Patrick Bourque

    Just why?

  6. Longy Long Avatar
    Longy Long

    Anh C Do

  7. Kostas Avatar
    Kostas

    How to reach the viewfinder, when that mirror box is obstructing the way??

  8. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Again…?

    1. samellos Avatar
      samellos

      Yes! But now in production… ;-)

  9. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    By the way, where can I get one if I wanted to? Following the rabbit hole takes me to the fundraiser page that is now closed.

    1. samellos Avatar
      samellos

      Hi! I returned from Photokina, sorry, use this email for your I’m Back®: f.filippo@imback.eu
      Thanks!

  10. Edmund Wong Avatar
    Edmund Wong

    Time to take out my AE-1

  11. David Little Avatar
    David Little

    Now, if they would make one for Holgas…

    1. samellos Avatar
      samellos

      Hi! I realised for Diana F and Diana mini….

  12. Peter Brandt Avatar
    Peter Brandt

    but why, to keep old cameras? my old ones are on display of my ‘good old days’. there’s a huge supply of digital cameras. my old nikon f and its lenses are not as sharp as new cameras.