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14 Nov '17

The ELBAFLEX 35mm Mechanical SLR Kickstarter Campaign

Posted by Mike Padua in Cameras, gear

Elbaflex from Ihagee

Ihagee's Kickstarter campaign for an all-manual, mechanical 35mm SLR using Nikon's F-mount has gone live.

The camera is completely mechanical in function, has no light meter, and thus requires no battery, and will be manufactured in the Ukraine. Notably, it comes with a 2-year "guarantee", the details of which are unknown other than service will be done at a German-based repair center.

For the first 24 hours of the campaign, a $499 pledge will get you the camera, followed by a Super Early Bird pledge at $529, and the rewards climb from there. One reward option comes with a Trioplan 50, a lens from German manufacturer Meyer-Optik, at $1299.

After the campaign is over, the camera will be "made to order" with unspecified wait times and the retail price of the camera will be an estimated $1500. Looks like they're gunning for the "luxury" market with those kinds of dollars.

Check out the campaign here and let me know what you think.


Interesting. But with the thousands of older and superior manual cameras out there, is there a market for these new film cameras? I would like to believe so. But with a glut of film rigs already out there?

Posted by Russ on November 14, 2017

What improvements have been made over the regular Kiev 19M without your branding on it, to justify the $450 premium on it? Let alone the $1450 premium at the retail price?

Posted by Wojciech Sawicki on November 14, 2017

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