With 17 days remaining in their campaign, Silberra are 17% of the way toward their goal of building a new film production facility and bringing multiple brand new film stocks to market. $115,000 is a lofty goal, but it seems reasonable, given their goals.
Yesterday, the Reflex Kickstarter started. Reflex is a modular 35mm SLR system. The body has built in flash and LED, meter, prism, etc. Backs are daylight-changable and the lens mount is available in M42 (standard), Nikon, Canon FD, Olympus OM, and Pentax PK, and also hot-swappable. This sounds like a sort of One-Camera-to-Rule-Them-All type thing. It’s really an interesting idea. At time of writing, they’re 2/3 of the way towards their goal, and it looks like they’ll reach it comfortably.
Meanwhile, that Yashica thing is… sheesh.
I don’t usually advertise, and I don’t have the reach of, say, Hamish and 35mmc, Mike at shootfilmco, or Em and Emulsive, but I encourage you to participate. I don’t have the bucks to back these at the level I’d like, but I put down some cash on both, and if you have the means, even $1 will help. We can bemoan the state of the analog photography industry, complain about Fuji and Ferrania and
Impossible Polaroid Originals, but when new companies come along that are honestly trying to bring new life to an industry we love, how can we but support them at whatever level we’re able?