For those who haven’t heard of it before, “I’m Back” produces a range of digital backs for various analogue film cameras. After several successful Kickstarter campaigns in 2017, 2018 and 2019, I’m Back is, not surprisingly, back. This time they’re bringing the “I’m Back 35”, which offers compatibility with more camera models as well as manual mode shooting.
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.
Large format digital cameras aren’t an entirely new idea. They’ve been around for a little while now, and a number of people have built their own. But they’ve had one big drawback. Because it’s difficult and expensive to make sensors so large, they typically use scanning backs. In the case of DIY options, it’s often the internals of a flatbed scanner.
Now, though, an 8×10 large format camera which uses a 9×11 inch monochrome CMOS sensor to record a single shot all at once is available to buy. Created by Bill Charbonnet, who left his “real job” in 2014 to start LargeSense LLC, the LargeSense LS911 can be yours for only $106,000. Oh, and yes, it shoots 4K video, too.
Last year we told you about I’m Back, yet another solution to shoot digital images with your old film cameras. They were funding the project through Kickstarter and fell somewhat short of their goal, pulling in €35K of their €85K target. Now, though, they’ve rethought the project and I’m Back is back with lower expectations.
Once again, funding is through Kickstarter with a €20,000 goal, it’s already gone way past that, hitting over €30K. It’s still a little short of the amount pledged last time, but there are still 22 days of the campaign left to go. With a few tweaks and price adjustments, it looks like I’m Back might actually go ahead this time. It also seems that it may now be compatible with a much wider range of cameras.[Read More…]
What’s the most expensive camera you’ve ever had the chance to have in your hands? The Art of Photography’s Ted Forbes has tested the camera I think most of us will never have the chance to hold: a $63,000 Phase One XF medium format with the IQ3 monochrome back.
$63,000 is certainly quite a lot, but according to Ted, this camera setup is a game changer. With the 101 MP sensor and design to capture light past the visual spectrum, you’d expect a miracle from this setup. And judging from the video – the miracle is what you get.
How would you like to take digital photos with your old 35mm camera? I’m Back is a device that promises to “bring back to life” the feel of vintage cameras, but in the digital form.
With I’m Back, you can use your old film camera, but with the focusing screen in the place of the film roll. The photo is created on a camera module located behind the camera body and saved on an SD memory card.