Funding Friday: Reflex

I just backed this project and I thought I’d share it with all of you:


Comments (Archived):

  1. Vendita Auto


  2. Chimpwithcans

    Fred are you backing this as an analogue photographer? Or as recognition of the potential market for analogue photography?

    1. fredwilson

      I’m not a photographer. I just love everything about this project

  3. jason wright

    this with Kodachrome 64.

  4. bijan

    Oh, yes! Thanks for sharing.

    1. fredwilson

      I knew it was right up your alley Bijan

  5. PhilipSugar

    Pentax K1000……just got mine out because of this. Haven’t used it in decades.

    1. jason wright


    2. LE

      At least you have it. I don’t have my Canon AE1 or Fuji ST801 and have no idea if they were sold, thrown out (by my mother) or what happened to them. Then of course I’ve mentioned before that she had thrown out just about all of my negatives which were in plastic sleeves in the basement where my darkroom was. I have no idea to this day why she would do that and why she needed to and didn’t ask.Surviving though is the old Watson Film loader. So I bought film in bulk and then could load as much as I wanted in a film canister…. https://uploads.disquscdn.c

  6. pointsnfigures

    Hey, someone should do this with cell phones. By the way, if you want to check out an amazing book on shooting film check out this one:… Brandenberg is an incredible photographer. He limited himself to one shot per day for 90 days. What he came up with was amazing.

    1. Hiyito Patada

      Less is sometimes more in photography. Digital or film, it’s okay to slow down, look around, and wait patiently for one shot. Brandenburg is a great example.

  7. DJL

    Sweet. The design is very much like the original Nikon. It combines some medium-format ideas like the interchangeable back. Can you still get regular film processed? Or maybe they go back to the original “brownie” where you mail the entire think in and get the prints back with a reload.

    1. sigmaalgebra

      Last time I checked, my local Wal-Mart will process 35 mm Kodacolor and produce JPG files.

    2. Hiyito Patada

      Blue Moon Camera and Machine in Portland, OR is an option. They have an optical machine for prints and a darkroom. Unless I’m mistaken you can mail your film in.

  8. jason wright

    off topic, but potentially of some importance to the avc anyone receiving emails purportedly from Coinbase using an address with the domain is this legit or a hacking attempt?

  9. sigmaalgebra

    Okay by me! I’ve got a sack full of just gorgeous Nikon “analog”, sure, 35 mm, camera equipment! So, if there is still interest in 35 mm film, then I’ll still be able to buy the film and get the processing done. So far the processing I use for Kodacolor film yields JPG files; I’d like higher resolution JPG files!So, more interest in 35 mm extends the useful life of my sack of Nikon equipment! So, the project, which promises to extend the life, is okay by me!But, still I have to suspect that the project itself and, indeed, my sack of Nikon equipment, are doomed. Digital makes a lot more sense. And the small scale on, say, smartphones, has some strong depth of field advantages.I know; I know: Analog with 35 mm has some artistic advantages! So, can take a picture with f 1.4 or some such and get very short depth of field and, thus, lots of blurring everywhere except where the focus is and, thus, likely the subject, e.g., face of a pretty girl (oops, I did it again, PC correction, young woman!). And, supposedly with Kodachrome, can get an artistic effect from some especially saturated colors. Ah, but, color saturation is just moving in a simple way on the color wheel, and with digital should be able to program such saturation easily!Ah, but don’t have to use a smartphone to get such a digital camera! Once, maybe at Wal-Mart, I got a card, hanging on a hook, for about $10, in shrink wrap, a little AA or AAA battery powered digital camera with a USB interface. Then the old Microsoft Office 2000 PhotoDraw (the old, original one, not the upgraded one which is much different) will do a download from the camera. Then can crop, convert to JPG, and save the thing. I took some pictures that way — they were fine.

  10. jason wright

    the future has arrived…

  11. Hiyito Patada

    Cool stuff. I have a Nikon FE2 and Minolta Autocord. Both still work, and I use them all the time. Also have an original Diana and a pinhole camera. So analog is right up my alley.We had the only public darkroom here between Olympia, WA and SF until it closed recently after 15 years. Another Kickstarter project got a new darkroom launched here in PDX.We also have Blue Moon Camera and Machine, a full film photography store and darkroom with one of the few functional optical machines. One of the best stores around, great staff. I buy wonderful film there routinely. Next on my rotation is 35mm Ferrania Panchro 80 and Fomopan 120 film.Digital is the practical choice commercially and for everyday snap shooting. But film is certainly not dead, and young or old has a very dedicated community around it.

  12. awaldstein

    Cool.I am a collector of photos from the Life Magazine era (Bourke-White, Lichtenstein, Feininger and more),Nothing quite like an analog image, transformed into an icon, captured and printed by hand by the artist.